Why Working Harder Is Not The Answer

    When you’re feeling overwhelmed or overworked, 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 ends.
    All doubt ends.
    All fear ends.
    All resistance ends.

    So, when you’re feeling overworked, 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….

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

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    15 Lessons I’ve Learned On My Journey Juggling Career + Family

    I know we’re all trying to find some balance these days, whether you’re juggling parenting, kids being back in school, self-taping, your acting career, your day job, finding a new day job or just finding your sanity lately.

    I want to share some insights I have picked up along the way from my (now over a decade) journey as a parent, an actress and a working mom…so you can apply these lessons to your own life.

    (And if you’re not a parent, you can swap “my kids” and add in “myself,” so essentially you’re parenting yourself).

    It’s definitely been a rollercoaster ride, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. Along the way, I’ve learned to celebrate progress over perfection as well as these insights. Enjoy!

    15 Lessons I’ve Learned On My Journey Juggling Career + Family

    1.     When I show my kids what it looks like to dream big,
    they learn that anything is possible.

    2.    When I show my kids what it looks like to fail + get back up again, 
    they learn to not be afraid to try new things.

    3.     When I show my kids what it looks like to be sad or disappointed, 
    they learn that it’s okay to express themselves.

    4.     When I show my kids what it looks like to cry, 
    they learn that all emotions are energy in motion + meant to be felt.

    5.     When I show my kids what it looks like to be a mother, an actress, a
    wife, an entrepreneur,  they learn that they, too, don’t only have to be
    just one thing.

    6.     When I show my kids what it looks like to do your best + still not get the
    job, they learn what resilience looks like.

    7.     When I show my kids what it looks like to want something + have it not
    work out immediately the way you want it, they learn what patience +
    perseverance looks like.

    8.     When I show my kids what it looks like to take care of myself, 
    they learn to value their own well-being.

    9.     When I show my kids what it looks like to pursue excellence, 
    they learn to raise the bar for themselves.

    10.  When I show my kids what it looks like to put the phone down, be
    present, spend time, to truly listen to what they have to say, they learn
    that they are valuable.

    11.  When I show my kids what it looks like to be scared, uncertain or
    fearful, but to take risks anyway, they learn to embrace the adventure
    of life.

    12.  When I show my kids what it looks like to find joy in helping others, 
    they learn compassion.

    13.  When I show my kids what it looks like to find the beauty in nature, 
    they learn that abundance abounds.

    14.  When I show my kids what it looks like to find the good in the toughest
    of situations, they learn the power of a positive mindset.

    15.  When I show my kids what it looks like to be kind to those who are
    different than you, they learn empathy.

    We all want the best for our kids, but it’s in showing them that it’s okay to fail, to be disappointed, to risk, to get hurt, to get rejected, to fall down, but to also always get up every single time, that we ultimately teach them to rise.

    It’s funny, as I put this list together, I also realize that my kids have really been my best teachers.

    I hope this helps you find some balance today with all you’re doing, embrace the rollercoaster ride, and also know that you can absolutely juggle both career and family.

    Let me know in the comments below, which lesson spoke to you most today.

    Here’s to finding balance through it all.


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    Secrets From The Set (How To Book More Work)

    So much has changed in our industry (and the world) in the last 18 months. I know there’s a lot of people out there suggesting you do all kinds of things to “be a successful working actor.”

    I’m so happy that you found your way to me, and that you’re here in my community, learning from someone who has worked consistently for the last 2 decades in TV, Film, Commercials + Voiceover, AND someone who has also been back on set, shooting a hit TV series – right now in this climate.

    Yep, that’s me! Back for my 4th season on Netflix’ Atypical.

    And what I love as much as working on a hit show, is sharing all of my best secrets with you!

    I’m giving you instant access to a powerful free training (that actors have called “game-changing”) so you can prepare like a pro:

    If you’ve been questioning your self-tape submissions (especially when you do great work and hear nothing) or you’re secretly wondering how you’ll deliver your best work on the job in this new environment, I got you.

    Learn The 5 Core Secrets To Becoming A Successful Working Actor.

    I put together a powerful (and free) training where I walk you through a simple + proven process to uplevel your self-tapes, book more jobs + shine under pressure..

    You have insider access to it right now…Learn the 5 Core Secrets To Becoming A Successful Working Actor.

    You’ll learn empowering methods + easy-to-implement tools that have helped countless actors (at every level + in every market) book more work in TV, Film, VO, Commercials, Theater. (yes, even in a global pandemic).

    You’ll walk away feeling encouraged + confident in your ability to navigate the road ahead, deliver your best auditions + bring your best self to the job. (Even when everyone around you is stressed out).


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    2 Things Every Actor Should Do This Summer (And Why It Will Help Your Career)

    Remember when you were a kid + you got so excited about the smallest of things?

    Riding your bike around the neighborhood.
    Eating popsicles on the front porch.
    Going to the beach.

    Remember how you were so engaged with what you were doing that the time just seemed to fly by while you were laughing + playing?

    Watching my kids run + skip down the path to the beach this week reminded me that there are…

    2 things every actor should do this summer:

    Relax more. Play more. Start keeping the faith that you are on the right path. (more…)

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    How One Audition Led To 4 Seasons Of Atypical

    I’m back for my 4th season of Atypical (Netflix) and I want you to know that it all began with one audition that my agent (at the time) told me not to bother going on.

    Quick backstory: I had just come off of shooting a top-of-show guest star role on Grey’s Anatomy, and this role was a “possible recurring” on a show that no one had heard yet of called Atypical.

    My agent didn’t want me to be ‘out of the loop’ for pilot season, but after reading the sides, and wanting to meet a casting office I had never been seen by before, I said, “Nope, I’m going.”

    That “possible recurring” turned into four seasons of a role I have adored playing on a show that has uplifted and inspired fans all over the world.  My heart is full and I’m thrilled to be back.

    Get all the details here.

    I hope this reminds you to listen to your intuition and then speak up for yourself.


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    The Real Key To True Happiness

    I’ve been pausing more lately, without distraction from devices.

    I’ve been listening to birds sing in my backyard, marveling at the freckles on my children’s faces and enjoying mindful moments where I deeply and sincerely appreciate my life.

    And it seems the more I do this, the happier I become and the more unexpected wonderful surprises start to show up. (In the form of auditions, helpful people + exciting offers).

    So, just for today, give yourself the gift of a mindful moment. How?

    Put the phone down.
    Go outside.
    Take in the scenery.
    Love yourself, right where you are.
    Just for today, let go of needing anything to be different.

    Let go of striving and pushing to change where you are. (more…)

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    What To Do If You Have The Post-Oscar Blues

    If you watched the Oscars last night, and it left you feeling inspired + hopeful for the possibilities ahead for you – awesome.

    But if you turned off the TV + went to bed wondering…

    • Will it ever happen for me?
    • What do I do to get to where I want to go?
    • How will I ever achieve my biggest dreams?

    Here’s what you need to know…

    Yep, the only way to get to where you want to go (no matter where that is) is to first make peace with where you are.

    So, if you woke up today feeling blue about your career, guess what? (more…)

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    Success Begins Here….

    Many actors are starting this week feeling overwhelmed, frustrated + not knowing where to begin to create the success they crave in 2021.

    But if you were with me throughout The 5-Day Success Breakthrough Experience and my Free Masterclasses this past week, you are feeling lighter, clearer, empowered, focused, recharged and excited for the road ahead.

    My heart is so full today, as thousands of actors from all over the world joined me in learning how to shed all kinds of limitations, fear, self doubt and now know the exact steps to take to begin their breakthrough year. 

    In fact, inside of 90 minutes, those who came to my Live Masterclass Encores this weekend shared these vulnerable moments with me….


    1. You can watch the REPLAY now. << no opt in required.  Come learn the 5 steps to radically transform your acting career + your personal happiness (and see what all the buzz is all about).
    2. Enrollment is NOW OPEN for my Success Breakthrough Workshop online course for a limited time only. Click here for details + VIP Early-Bird Pricing.

    I’ve spent the last 7 days watching brave + committed actors dive inward + take an honest look at what’s been stopping them from creating more success + happiness in their acting careers + their personal lives

    Here’s what I want to share with you today – as we begin the 3rd week of 2021.

    To radically transform your career,
    you must first radically transform your inner game.

    Yes, it all begins, by looking within.

    Why? Well, real transformation can’t happen without conscious awareness…

    Yes. When I acknowledge + accept, I can transform.

    For most actors, it’s way easier to spend the day/month/year blaming their agents, weight, looks, age, lack of connections or number of auditions for their lack of results.


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    My 2-Step Process For Post Self-Tape Frustration

    Hope you had a fun + safe Halloween weekend. Personally, I’ve cried a few times this past week for all kinds of reasons.  You too?

    As you may know, I got choked up while sharing my very vulnerable story about growing up with shame, anxiety + around mental illness (and how it has all shaped the work I do with actors). Click here to watch the video.

    I cried again reading your beautiful responses and how sharing my story helped you to realize not only are you not alone, but that it’s okay to share your vulnerability and your pain as well.  In fact, your deepest pain can become your greatest gift, if you can face it, feel it and heal it.  I hope you now know, we are all in this together.

    Then, over the Halloween weekend, as I was folding 3 piles of laundry on the bed with my ever-supportive husband, while my children were bouncing off the walls from a candy-induced sugar rush, I broke down again.  

    Can I just say…tears are a breakthrough. So please, by all means, go ahead and cry your eyes out (especially if you’ve been holding it all in lately for whatever reason).

    Ok, so in addition to feeling emotional about politics + pandemics, heck, I’ve had some great self-tapes lately, and I haven’t heard anything yet, and it all just got to me.

    I know as actors, we each put our whole heart into what we do, and sometimes it’s hard to let it all go and be present in the moment. (Yes, I struggle with this too).

    So I made this quick video to walk you through exactly what I do when I’m deeply frustrated (and how to release it in seconds).  And whether you use my method this week to deal with politics, pandemics or post self-tape, I truly hope this helps you.  (And you enjoy my Halloween makeup).

    Click the video below to learn my 2 step process for post-selftape meltdown frustration.
    (I think you’ll love it!)

    I hope this helps you to know that every actor goes through these kinds of moments.  

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    Waking Up Late + Cranky? (How To Reclaim Your Day)

    So what do you do when you wake up late + cranky?  How do you not let it ruin your whole day?

    I’ll admit, that was me last week, even after sharing my “3 tips to boost your mood + feel better daily.”  (We teach what we most need to learn, right?)

    I’m glad to hear that my R.E.V. acronym helped so many of you recommit to your morning routine.  In case you missed it, I suggested you….

    1. Rise early
    2. Exercise
    3. Visualize

    But what happens if you don’t rise early?  What happens if you sleep in, press snooze and wake up much later, feeling unmotivated?  (Hello, 2020?!)

    I get it.  In fact, this past week, my sweet son interrupted my sleep multiple times because he had some spooky dreams, and it definitely made “rising early” a big challenge for me.

    So, this week, I wanted to share how I had to modify the “Rise early” part of my morning routine, and still not let it throw me off my game +  tank my entire day. 

    Watch the video below + find out what you can do when you wake up late + cranky (and how it will help you reclaim your power).

    Yes, replace the R in “Rise early” for “Reset.”

    Don’t let yourself go down a dark rabbit hole of despair just because you woke up later than you planned, or are feeling frustrated with yourself. 

    Give yourself a break.  So, you didn’t wake up at 6am to do power yoga Zoom class.  It’s ok.

    Forgive yourself + reset. (more…)

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