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5 Ways To Shine Your Light Brightly

Do you ever dim your light so those around you won’t feel threatened?  Do you ever make “less” of booking a job or doing something fabulous so you don’t shine too brightly or seem boastful?  I have.

Maybe it’s a “nice-girl-from-the-midwest” thing, but it never leaves anyone feeling good…not me, not them.  Once I realized that “dimming my light” was not helping anyone else shine brighter or feel better, I realized it was just a learned behavior that I could undo.  And I did!

Imagine living from a place of knowing:

YourCapacityToShineIsEndless

As Marianne Williamson says, “Your playing small does not serve the world.”

Here are 5 ways to let your light to shine brightly. (more…)

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5 Ways To Be Free + Brave In Every Audition

On the heels of  the USA’s 4th of July holiday, I feel so lucky to live, as our “Star Spangled Banner” song lyrics states: “in the land of the free + the home of the brave.”

I’ve been thinking alot about these two words lately, and what it means to be free + brave. 

These two powerful words seem to also apply to being an actor.  This career path lends itself to having a free schedule, one that changes daily that can leave you with either to much free time or feeling a deep sense of freedom, joy + creativity, depending on how self-motivated you are +  what you do to stay inspired + growing.   Then, to put yourself out there, day after day + face rejection of all kinds, definitely makes pursuing an acting career a brave choice.  How free + brave do you feel?

Well, in the audition room, the more free + brave you can be, the more likely you are to be remembered, called back + hired for the job.

Ultimately,

Free+Brave

When you are concerned about what everyone else thinks, odds are your actions won’t be coming from a place of feeling free + brave.  Once you let that go, you will find more peace + creativity in your life + your acting work.

As C+ C Music Factory says: “Free your mind + the rest will follow.”

Here are 5 Ways To Be Free + Brave In Every Audition (more…)

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How To Become The Happiest Actor You Know

There are 2 important questions you need to ask yourself:

1) How happy are you right now?
Do you know that everything you want is because you think you’ll be happier once you have it.  Every role, every possession, every relationship, every award, every accolade.

2) How much fun are you having on your journey as an actor?
Many actors who are unhappy today say they’ll just be happy when they “are on a series, book the job, or make a million dollars,” yet we’ve seen so many examples of actors with tons of success who are still miserable.

Why? Because you can’t have a happy ending to an unhappy journey.   You’ve got to find ways to get happy now no matter what is going on in your career or life.
HappinessIsAnInsideJob

Happiness is an inside job. You don’t have to wait for your circumstances to change to find joy, but instead try changing where you are focusing your attention.

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” –Dr. Wayne Dyer

Here are 7 habits to becoming the happiest actor you know:
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The Answer To Your Question: Should I Leave Town?

Whenever I’m debating on doing something fun or taking a trip, I’m often reminded of my late father’s wise words: DO IT NOW.

For the actor, I’ll add…

DoItNow

Mark Twain summed it up pretty well too:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore. Dream. Discover”

So, is there something you long to do or somewhere you’d like to go that you are putting off because….

  • you could get cast in something
  • you don’t want to miss out on anything
  • you don’t have anyone to go wtih
  • you tell yourself you can’t afford it

All of these reasons may feel very true to you, but they are (more…)

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50 Life Lessons I Learned From Acting

Are you searching for answers to living a great life or having a great career outside yourself?
Are you looking for the perfect teacher, the perfect agent or the perfect role to make you happy? What if you stopped searching this month and looked to your own life for the lessons.

EverythingYouNeedToKnow

Yes, the answers lie within. In fact,  a few years ago I realized that my acting career was giving me all the answers I needed to live a great life, I just needed to pay attention.   (more…)

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What To Do When You Don’t Get The Part

I’ve been there.  I’ve auditioned for roles that have gone to someone younger, to someone older, to a more well-known actor, to an actor you’ve never heard of, to a blonde, to a brunette, to a guy, to another ethnicity, you name it, I’ve experienced it.    I’ve been released from “avails” + have seen lucrative campaigns come to an end.
 
Yes, an acting career is like a marathon-length rollercoaster ride.
 
The key is that every single time I’ve used what other actors might deem as a setback or a failure, to fuel me.  

Ultimately, I’ve used each experience (after the initial shock is over!) to deepen my trust in my own future, to believe that good always finds me, to lift myself up + to keep going. (Some days are easier than others, of course.)

But when I do this, things have always surprised me in the most miraculous ways and none of it was what I would have planned.
 
Ultimately, you have to….

TrustInTheFuturYoue
Of course the work of doing this is an inside job.  This internal work is part of your work as an actor. The ability to do this is what will get you to where you want to go.
 
So, now that we are 6 months into the year and you may have experienced some surprises +  some “setbacks”, dig deeper than ever before and really …. (more…)

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How To Handle Rejection

When you don’t get a callback or book the job you’ve auditioned for, do you beat yourself up or do move on easily?  It might be comforting to remind yourself that every successful person has been rejected along the way!

TakeNothingPersonally

If you’d like some proof that every successful person gets rejected along the way, here are a few of my favorites rejection quotes…. (more…)

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10 Ways To Make Space For Success

Spring is the perfect time to clear the clutter + create space for what you really want to have happen in your acting career. When you get rid of anything that doesn’t serve a positive purpose in your life, you make room for things that will.

Clutter-clearing is modern-day alchemy.”
~ Denise Linn 

To invite more of anything into your life – acting success, a loving relationship, money or anything else, you need to make space for it to show up + for it to want to stay with you.  It’s almost like preparing for a guest to show up in your home that you can’t wait to have visit.

When you hold on too tightly you actually block the flow of abundance.
Here are 4 ways we block success:

  1. Sometimes we hold on too tightly to money, not allowing it to flow to + from us.
  2. Sometimes we hold on too tightly to things that we don’t need or love.
  3. Sometimes we hold on too tightly to beliefs that just aren’t true.
  4. Sometimes we hold on too tightly to relationships that aren’t supporting us in the way we would like. (personal or business)

Why? We hold on out of fear.  Fear of change.  Fear of the unknown.  Fear of abandonment.

“Clutter is a physical manifestation of fear
that cripples our ability to grow.”
~ H.G. Chissell

Remember, that when you have a desire, then you have the means to achieve it.
In fact, here’s an exciting realization: Your idea about what you want comes after the Universe has made it possible.

MakeSpace_

Here are 10 Ways To Create Space For More Success: (more…)

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The Real Secret To Aligning With What You Want In Your Acting Career + Life…

Seems as if we are all looking for the answers, the secret, the perfect advice or words or person or agent that will unlock doors + opportunities for us to bring our dreams to life.

After spending years searching in books, acting classes, with coaches, in workshops + seminars…..I’ve discovered the real secret to getting what you want in your acting career +  your life.

FunAlongTheWay

In fact, when I look back on my own acting career + my life in general, it was when (more…)

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How To Retrain Your Brain for Auditions

How do you start your day when you have an audition?
Do you speak lovingly to yourself, or are you filled with worry, doubt or fear?

How you begin your day, is usually how you live your life.  Since every thought you think is creating your experience, it helps to be mindful of what you are telling yourself.  We are all using affirmations all day long, the question is, are you affirming the positive or the negative? You’ll know by the way you feel.

Choose To Change It
If you don’t like how you feel, change your thoughts! When you start to change your way of thinking, your inner voice will always react immediately with either fear or love. But what if you used a different criteria for responding to your habitual internal dialogue? Try this:

IfItFeelsGood

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