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You’ve Already Won! (And Other Life Lessons From My Emmy® 2019 FYC Journey)

It’s an exciting day! The Emmy® nomination-round voting begins today + it is a dream come true to be on the ballot and be considered for a nomination.

Television Academy Members can view + vote here. 
View my work (or share the love) here.

It’s been an amazing journey (and an emotional roller coaster ride, really) since the beginning of the year.

Today, I thought I’d walk back through the ups and downs of the last six months, and share the lessons I’ve learned along the way with you.

The most recent one came (as it often does), through my 7-year-old son.

When I was about to leave the house last week, all dressed up to go to a “For Your Emmy® Consideration” event + screening, featuring my work on Atypical (Netflix), he took one look at me from head to toe and said, “You’ve already won, Mommy.”

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The smile on his face. The sound of his voice. The love in his heart. The wise words that he shared. All of it, hit me right in the heart.

It stopped me in my tracks, because he was right, on so many levels.

Here’s a quick glimpse back at some ups and downs of the last 6 months (and why you can begin today feeling that you’ve already won, too). (more…)

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Expand To New Heights (Here’s How It Begins)

Can you believe we are 5 months in to 2019?  How are things going for you?  Are you staying on track with the goals or intentions you created in January?

I’m hoping this will help reignite your fire today.

I choose a word each year that serves as the intention behind my thoughts, beliefs + actions, since I know it is our daily habits that create our success.

My word has been expansion.
 
To expand what I think is possible.
To expand what I think I can do.
To expand what I think I deserve.
To expand how I can help others.
To expand how I can serve.
To expand how I can give.

I invite you to do the same…

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So often we want to expand into something bigger or better in our lives + careers, but something gets in the way.

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3 Steps To Getting Better Results

Ever feel like this? Exhausted, not booking, a bit lost or unsure, and maybe heading down a dark rabbit hole of negative thinking…

Even though you know better?
Even though you’re trying to stay positive?
Even though you’re trying keep the faith?

Does it seem like the more you try to do that, the more you feel like you are entering a dark tunnel without the light?

This was exactly the way one of my students admitted to feeling recently + she was actually thrilled to find out she wasn’t alone.

Not only did other actors feel this way, I told her that she basically described my February!

Yes, that’s right. I have plenty of down days too.

I had a month of great auditions + no bookings. I was definitely wondering, “where’s mine?”

I had assumed that the show I had been recurring on (Atypical on Netflix) was back in production, but I hadn’t heard anything about returning for another season.

And when things aren’t showing up the way you’d like, that dark hole can feel like it goes on forever, right?

So what do you do?

I’m all for feeling your feelings + going through them, instead of slapping a smiley face sticker over your pain.

So just know that when you are feeling down, you’re not alone. Reach out + talk to a friend. (Most likely an actor you know is feeling the same way).

Then, remind yourself that tomorrow is a new day + treat it as a blank white canvas.

When you shift your focus, it will help shift how you feel, and ultimately effect what you do.

And as you take a new action, from a better feeling place, the light in that dark tunnel will begin to appear.
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This is exactly what I did. (more…)

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Turning Your Flaws Into Gold

Happy April!  Happy Spring!  Are you ready for a new beginning?

Are you ready to really step into the spotlight in your life + your career?

What does it take to truly shine like the brightest star?

From images we see on social media or in magazines, it often looks like perfection + flawlessness.

But if we are to tell stories that reflect humanity, then flawlessness and perfection are not a true reflection of who we really are.

There are many other stories that needs to be told.

So what if stepping into the spotlight in your life + career, meant stepping up + owning your imperfections and your flaws, not waiting to be ready or perfect or flawless, but showing up + rising up in a way that lets others see the real you…now?

What if the way was through the consciousness of love, where there are no limits?

In the Japanese culture broken objects are often repaired with gold.  The flaw is seen as a unique piece of the object’s history, which adds to it’s beauty.

What if stepping into the spotlight meant taking all the flaws that you might try to hide (or the parts of you that may feel broken) and instead you loved them, revealed them + celebrated them?

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What To Do When What You Want Isn’t Showing Up: 3 Questions To Ask Yourself

I know it’s fun to have what you want show up, easily + effortlessly, but what happens when it’s not coming to you as fast as you had hoped?

When you want something + you doubt it, you add resistance to your own perfect path.

Sometimes when you see another having what it is you want, your ego may convince you that your timing is off, and that it’s not coming to you.

But that is just a game the critical mind likes to play to stay in control.

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If there’s something you want, that isn’t coming, the best thing to do is  (more…)

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Mindset Mantras To End The Year Feeling Great

A short and sweet reminder that you are so much more than your career and your latest credits.

You play many roles in your life + they are all meaningful and valuable.  “Actor” is only one of those roles, just as “what you’ve done” in your career this year is only one facet of the multi-faceted diamond that is you.

So whether you print this out + tape it to your bathroom mirror or screenshot the graphic + save it to your phone, allow it to serve as a loving guide to end the year knowing that not only are you enough exactly as you are right now, but that you are a precious gift.

Treat yourself this way as the year comes to a close + you will start the New Year off in the right direction.

Pause and read this anytime you feel your inner critic try to define you, judge you or criticize you…

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5 Tips For Peaceful Holiday Gatherings + How To Answer Questions About #ActorLife

It might feel easy (or even comforting) to visit with other actor friends and “talk shop” about all areas of the entertainment business.  We speak each others language, right?

But now it’s time to head home for the holidays where emotions get triggered, questions get asked + expectations for perfection are high.

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You may find yourself sitting at the dinner table feeling the need to explain yourself and your acting career more than ever.

This is easy to do when you’re working.  It’s fun to share what you’ve “been in lately” or where everyone can tune in to “catch you next.”

But what about those times where you don’t feel you have “anything to show for your efforts?” (more…)

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9 Ways To De-Stress Your Holidays….

Happy December!

I know this time of year can get busy + stressful. So I’m keeping it short + sweet today.

If you find yourself cranky, irritable, sad, or overwhelmed by all you have to do (or all you feel you haven’t done yet), here is my Holiday De-Stress List.

You’ll be amazed at what picking one thing on this list will do for your mental + emotional state.

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Keep in mind, this isn’t about covering up your feelings with a happy face sticker, or stuffing down your emotions with extra slices of pie.

It’s about taking the time to slow down + actually feel your feelings: acknowledge them, release them + let them be heard. (more…)

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How To Expand Into Your Best Self: 20 Things To Say Yes To Today

When we are looking to expand into all that we want to become in our lives + our careers, sometimes the path ahead can feel daunting + uncertain.

Our inner critic will convince us it’s safer to stay where we are, or even turn around, then to forge ahead on the unknown path.

But what if all it took to move forward was a simple inner mental shift.

Where instead of listening to the inner critic’s voice that says….

…I can’t, it won’t happen, it’s not possible, it isn’t hear yet, so it must not be coming, etc.

What if, instead, we simply said YES to ourselves more often.

Here are 20 Things To Say YES To Today to get you going again on your path…
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Today, I open myself up to my own expansion and…. (more…)

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Why Working Harder Is Not The Answer

When you’re feeling overwhelmed or over-worked, what do you do? Work harder? Do more? Try and figure out how it’s going to all turn out and then talk about how it’s not?

All that busyness just creates more resistance.

So, how do you release resistance when you’re not feeling your best?

Take more naps.

Seriously. When you sleep, you cease all thought.

Which means, all negative thought.
All doubt.
All fear.
All resistance.

So, when you’re feeling over-worked, stressed out and frustrated, instead of doing more from this negative space (which will never lead to positive results), take a nap.

If you need a permission slip (and a cute example), here it is….

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Dogs have it right, don’t they? What if we took our cues from them?

We’d have the perfect recipe for a happy life: (more…)

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