Did you watch the Oscars last night? How did it make you feel about your own acting career? Did watching it inspire you or depress you?
For the longest time, I couldn’t go to the movies without jumping on imdb.com when I got home, comparing myself to actors in the film.
Where did this always leave me? Feeling bad about my own success.
No matter what I had done, who I had worked with or the accolades I received for my work, it seemed there was always someone who was doing more or better and living a bigger and more fabulous life.
Then I finally realized, from my ego’s point of view…..it will always be that way!
The real question to ask yourself: Am I using another actor’s success to disconnect me from my own worth + value? If you are condemning yourself for where you are, then you are out of alignment with your own greatness.
YOU are the one who is actually pushing away your own success.
Have you noticed that when you hear about a classmate, friend or acquaintance book a job, you sometimes end up feeling frustrated + defeated, that somehow their success means you are failing?
We’ve all been there. But I am here to tell you….
But. I actually DO think it’s important to (more…)
My wish for you is that you find the success that you are seeking, but here’s one important thing to know.
In other words, if you’ve been wanting to get to the next level in your career + it is just not happening, there is usually one big reason….you have a limiting belief that is keeping it from showing up.
I know it would be easier to blame your agent, a casting director, this business, the economy or the traffic for why you are not where you want to be, but, it is, in fact, an inside job.
That also means, you have the power to change it.
Here’s how to get to the next level in your acting career:(more…)
To make room for money to flow to you, there must be space to receive it, both literally + energetically.
Two areas where too much clutter can stop the flow of money into your life are…
Your wallet or purse.
Let’s deal with the tangible one first.
Your wallet or purse serves as a literal home + metaphorical spiritual temple for your money. Are you treating it as such?
What does your wallet or purse look like? Is it cluttered with old receipts, crumpled bills + business cards of people you never intend to contact? Is it crammed with expired SAG/AFTRA cards or loyalty cards for stores you rarely visit?
Is there room for more money to flow to you? Is it inviting? Do you enjoy going into it? Or do you get frustrated every time you go spend your money?
Too much stuff in our wallets can actually create an energetic blockage to receiving more money. We must create the space first.
Here are 9 actions you can take today to make room for money to flow:(more…)
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day here in the United States, I have to share a quick story (and then I’ll reveal the 15 Habits That Will Increase Your Acting Success.)
Yesterday, Ray Charles’ Georgia On My Mind was playing on my Pandora playlist. My 6-year-old was coloring at the kitchen table and asked, “Mommy, is this Martin Luther King singing?” Fascinated by his question, I asked, “What made you wonder that, honey?” My son replied, “Well, he’s singing about the peace he finds, and that’s what Martin Luther King was all about…peace.”
It was a moment that took my breath away: My kindergartner knowing of the peace that MLK Jr. was seeking and me letting my son know this amazing leader did it all with love and not hate.
I honor Martin Luther King Jr. today as his brightly lit legacy continues to remind us all to stick with love:
“I have decided to stick with love, hate is too great a burden to bear.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Speaking of love, hopefully you love being an actor. If you ever feel at a loss for what to do next, this week’s post will shine a light on 15 Habits That Will Increase Your Acting Success.
Since our destiny is created by our habits, and our habits are created by our choices, it really all comes down to the habits + choices we are making in our own lives + careers daily that will effect our success in the long run.
” Many of life’s circumstances are created by three basic choices: the disciplines you choose to keep,
the people you choose to be with,
and the laws you choose to obey.” ~ Charles Millhuff
So, this is a great time to ask yourself 3 important questions.
Are the disciplines you choose to keep helping or harming you?
Do you surround yourself with people who uplift you or who put you down?
What habits do you choose consistently and how do they effect your success + happiness? (I believe in both)
Here are 15 Habits That Will Increase Your Acting Success:(more…)
Here’s a look back at 30 of my favorite insights to help you expand your heart, mind + soul, as well as your acting career.
I initially created ActorInspiration.com as a way to give back + provide powerful, mind-shifting resources + tools for actors to feel encouraged, empowered + uplifted.
In less than a year, I am amazed at the impact my heart-centered work has had on the careers + lives of so many actors around the world.
Thank you all for inspiring ME!
Enjoy + feel free to leave a comment below + let me know which one(s) spoke to you today.
Love + Gratitude,
~ Wendy Braun
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I sincerely hope you take the time this holiday season to rest, relax + renew your mind, body + soul.
I’ve always been a do-er, and in the past, whenever there was any down time, I’d find ways to fill it by improving my home, improving my workout, or learning new ways to improve myself. Resting + relaxing often felt unproductive.
Now, I realize how giving your body a break from doing + your mind a break from trying to achieve, improve or figure things out, is exactly what your soul needs.
This time of year, I think every actor should take a break from improving themselves. As an artist, there will always be room for improvement. Better training. Better headshots. Better auditions. And when you get the job, it’s easy to get in the headspace of wanting to do a better take, have a better storyline or deliver a better overall performance.
When you give yourself permission to take a break from improving yourself, especially as an artist, you’re expressing deep self-love + acknowledging your divine perfection, right here + now.
When you take the to time rest + relax, you also end up deepening a sense of trust in your life. You may find yourself breathing deeper, feeling calmer + simply enjoying the present moment more.
In fact, napping is a perfect way to realign your energy, not only physically, but mentally, because when you slumber, all resistant thought ceases.
(I am actually proud to report, I took a 3 hour nap yesterday. Every cell in my body needed it + I felt more clarity + more joyful when I awoke.)
So, if your holiday schedule is packed, try making an appointment with yourself to do something relaxing that has nothing to do with your acting career, this business, getting ahead or improving yourself or your craft in any way.
When you make an appointment in your calendar, it will make it easier to stick to your own self-care. Or as we say around my busy home, “If it’s not scheduled, it’s not real.”
As a mom, wife, actress + business owner, I have finally learned that the more I fill myself up first, in loving ways, the more love I have to give others. And there’s nothing to improve there….except maybe taking more time to do it!
I BOOKED TWO ACTING GIGS IN THE SAME WEEK BECAUSE I HAD HER CD ON REPEAT!
"I listen to Wendy's guided meditations pretty much every chance I get. I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have her amazing voice in my ear keeping me empowered, inspired + in the right mental space to persevere day in and day out. I booked two acting gigs in the same week because I had Wendy's Creating Powerful Auditions album on repeat. Thank you WENDY for your positivity + light!"
I BOOKED THE JOB! LISTENING TO CREATING POWERFUL AUDITIONS MADE A DIFFERENCE!
"Been listening to your "Creating Powerful Auditions" mp3 daily since purchasing about a week ago. Listened to it on the way to an audition...took a few moments before leaving my car to do the visualizations. I walked into the audition room feeling totally empowered, feeling light. I booked the job. I feel your album made a difference. Thank you, Wendy."
SINCE LISTENING TO YOUR GUIDED MEDITATIONS, I BOOKED 2 FEATURE FILMS
"I bought Creating Powerful Auditions and I listen to it every morning. "Empowering Myself" is my absolute favorite meditation, sometimes I put it on repeat until I fully and truly feel every declaration. Since I've been listening to your guided meditations I booked my first feature film + also recently booked the lead role in my first horror film. Thank you for coming into my life!”
YOUR AFFIRMATIONS ALLOWED ME TO STEP OUT OF THE FEAR AND BE PRESENT IN THE ROOM.
"I just returned from an audition after listening to your guided meditations. Your affirmations allowed me to step out of the fear and be present in the room. As I waited for my audition I envisioned the session being successful and feeling empowered afterward. And it was and I did."
I'VE TURNED A SLOW STREAK INTO A BOOKING STREAK AND I FEEL REALLY EMPOWERED.
"Wendy is so generous with her knowledge and understanding of the deeper, inside work that goes into living a healthy, happy, well balanced actor life. Her daily inspirations mean so much to me...and I'm grateful for the custom guided meditation she wrote for me. I've turned a slow streak into a booking streak & I feel really empowered."
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YOUR CREATION IS...VERY POWERFUL, IT CALMED ME, PREPARED ME & FOCUSED ME + I BOOKED JOBS.
"Since I began using your guided meditations I have now, in only a few months, booked up an entire year of work. Your creation is truly a blessing + very powerful. Before every audition I have done recently I have listened to at least 3 of your tracks and it has calmed me, prepared me and focused me."