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….
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…)
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!
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…)
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:
Sometimes we hold on too tightly to money, not allowing it to flow to + from us.
Sometimes we hold on too tightly to things that we don’t need or love.
Sometimes we hold on too tightly to beliefs that just aren’t true.
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.
Here are 10 Ways To Create Space For More Success: (more…)
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:
No matter where you perceive yourself to be or not be in your career today, I want to you to know 2 things:
Everything can change very quickly. (Maybe this week?!)
When we let ourselves off the hook about where we are “not” that’s usually when things shift in our lives + careers.
Any anger, resentment or frustration you may have about your representation, other successful actors or a Casting Director not warmly welcoming you etc….is only affecting you.
When we release + let go of any anger, blame or frustration we feel towards others, we are giving ourselves the greatest gift of not letting other people take up space in the temple of our minds
When we release + let go of any anger, blame or frustration we feel towards ourselves, we experience a huge inner shift, allow our true light to shine + become more radiant to others.
Here are 4 phrases that will help you (whether you are feeling high (on life) today or feeling low) today. Either way, saying these phrases more often will help you with your relationships with others.
Then ask yourself, “When was the last time I said these words to myself?”
A year ago, I visualized having a beautiful, newly redesigned website + online store for all of the guided meditations + visualizations I create for actors. If you are reading this, then you are witnessing my dream turned into a reality.
I know from experience over the years that:
So, I visualized this site being a go-to-guide to help youalign your mind. book more jobs + love your life.
I knew I wanted it to be beautiful, functional, mobile friendly + give tons of value to actors.
I imagined actors using the new album to release performance anxiety + shine in the spotlight on every job with ease + effortlessness. I imagined how amazing they would feel after shooting a tv show, working on a film or performing on stage. The more I imagined how it would all feel, the easier the album flowed out of me.
Ever screw up an audition because you were so focused on getting the lines right? I have.
Ever get all of the lines right, feel amazing about your performance, and not get hired? I have.
Ever screw up some of the lines, feel like you could have done better + book the job? I have.
Why? Because, it’s not about the lines. It’s not about being perfect.
And, in those moments, I wish I had today’s mantra right in front of me to remember that:
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'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 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 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!"
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!”
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."
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."