I’m writing this at 1am after watching The Oscars. I actually had another post all ready to send out when I sat down with my husband at 10pm (after getting our kids to sleep) to finally watch our TIVO’d version of the show. I told myself I wasn’t going to turn my computer back on.
Then I heard Matthew McConaughey’s speech.
It resonated with me so deeply that I had to write about it + urge you to watch it. He talked about 3 things he needs every day: something to look up to, something to look forward to and someone to chase.
What struck a chord in me most was when he said, (talking about God, which I refer to often as The Universe) that “It’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates,” how he looks forward most to his family and that his hero is his future self, 10 years from now, someone he can look up to, but an ideal that he’s “never gonna beat.” (more…)
As a professional actor, you probably set goals + have a plan of action, but if you want to significantly change your career + life, you must make this a daily practice:
Notice how you are speaking to yourself + others daily.
It might seem like no big deal to chime in with other actors at a callback about how long you’ve all been waiting, tell yourself you’re not really right for a role or post on social media that you hate pilot season, but every thought you think + word you speak has energy.
I learned 7 inspiring lessons from watching last night’s Super Bowl game that you can apply to your acting career.
For those of you who missed it: Final score: Seattle Seahawks 43. Denver Broncos 8.
Whether you care about football or not, there’s always so much to learn from watching champions + the road it took to get there. 1) Why not you?
Growing up, Seattle Seahawk’s quarterback, Russell Wilson, heard his father tell him: “Why Not You?” And that’s exactly what he told his team all year long.: Why not us?
2) Believe + play like a champion every day.(more…)
Do you ever find yourself running, doing + being so busy that you forget to take care of yourself?
Before I met my husband or had kids, I must confess, if I had a postcard mailing that needed to be done by a certain day, I would literally eat cookie dough for dinner + get back to work.
I had so much drive + ambition, that the idea of slowing down to take care of myself seemed counterproductive to whatever task needed to get done. Ultimately, I was coming from a place of fear. If I took a break or time for myself, I somehow thought my career wouldn’t thrive.
Funny enough, the more I started slowing down in my life while dating my husband, and taking better care of myself, the better my career became. I even started getting straight offers for great roles in great projects.
We all do it. We allow the inner critic to take over + it often keep us from trying, leaping, asking, changing, and adventuring into the unknown.
After years of listening to my own inner critic, I now realize that it is simply my ego just trying to keep me safe. The ego likes control + is not a big fan of change. But within change is where growth + expansion reside. And I believe we have chosen to become actors in order to grow. (more…)
How do you react when a problem arises? Do you get caught up in chaos + allow your mind to overwhelm you with worry + negative thinking?
When we are in the middle of solving a problem, it is actually the best time to remind yourself that:
When you know that all is really well, you see every problem as an opportunity to learn, grow + expand. (more…)
When I watch my 2 toddlers run around in our backyard, I am reminded of our innate sense of play.
They so purely embody that feeling of having fun, not caring who is watching + not bothered by what others are doing.
What if you reclaimed the “I Am Here To Play” perspective this week? What if you walked into every audition thinking:
As actors, that is usually why we pursued this path – to creatively play for a living. It’s easy to lose that sense of play when you start giving every audition a lot of meaning + importance.
And even though you have rent or a mortgage to pay, getting back to playing in the audition room will help you succeed every time. (more…)
When you watch a movie or a television show, do you ever check an actor’s IMDB credits, biography or representation, compare it to your own and end up feeling bad about yourself?
Why compare + despair?
When you spend time wishing you had someone else’s career, you are depriving yourself of the beautiful life experiences that are actually happening to you right now. Comparing takes you out of being in the present moment. The past is over, the future is unknown, so all any of us have is this moment, right now. The good news is that ALL your power is in THIS moment. Here’s how to reclaim it and feel better!
Ever book an acting job + immediately feel like it’s not enough in some way? Or not get the job + feel hopeless?
Though the source of your frustration may seem like the job or lack of it, your suffering comes from having thoughts that argue with WHAT IS.
No matter how much acting success you obtain, your ego will probably always want a juicier role, a bigger credit, a better agent + more opportunities. (Even Meryl Streep has complained that there is not enough great writing these days.)
And although it’s good to have desires, your ultimate happiness lies in how you feel about yourself today, no matter what is happening in your career. When we rely on the conditions in our acting careers to determine our happiness, we give away all our power.
The fastest way I have found to instant happiness (and ultimately, more career abundance) (more…)
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YOUR AFFIRMATIONS ALLOWED ME TO STEP OUT OF THE FEAR AND BE PRESENT IN THE ROOM.
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I BOOKED THE JOB! LISTENING TO CREATING POWERFUL AUDITIONS MADE A DIFFERENCE!
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