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The Best Weapon Against Your Challenges

I hope you’ve been enjoying July! (Whether it’s summer or winter where you live, I love connecting with actors all over the world each week).

That is the beauty of modern technology.

On a side note: I’m not sure how I missed feeling 2 earthquakes in one weekend, but I hope all of my Southern California readers are all okay.

Make sure you have shoes near your bed, flashlights and a battery powered transit radio as the very basics of your earthquake preparedness kit.  Here is a full list of items recommended by the Red Cross. 

I just learned how to turn the gas off and the water main off at our house, just in case.  Do you know how to do these things? Make sure you do.

I moved here 5 days before the Northridge Earthquake in 1994, and that one shocked me to my core. (So maybe that’s why the Universe made sure I was swinging on a swing with my kids this time around).

Whether it’s a dealing with a natural disaster or even dealing with the daily life of being an actor, I know this to be true….
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No matter where you live, I hope you’ve also been taking time to pause this month, to get outside + enjoy nature, without checking your phone.

With modern technology at our fingertips all day long + requests coming at us from all angles, giving ourselves permission to pause, to take a break, as well as not check social media or email one more time, can be challenging.

Our brains inherently want to remain active + in charge, and not relinquish control.

But when we choose to pause, we not only give our brains a rest, but we are also  (more…)

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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 its 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 if you made this  (more…)

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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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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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This Is Getting In The Way Of Your Success

You may have heard (or seen) that Will Smith bungee jumped out of a helicopter over the Grand Canyon on his 50th birthday. Just before jumping he said, “Anytime I’m scared of something, I feel compelled to attack it.”

His words and actions have always inspire me.

Doing the things that have scared me over the years have definitely expanded my life in wonderful ways.

One of my favorite truth bombs he shared was this:
You can’t experience the joy that is intended for you in life if you don’t go. Don’t hesitate. Commit.
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So what gets in most people’s way of going for the life (and career) that they want?
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10 Lies You Tell Yourself About Your Acting Career (+ How To Flip The Script)

You most likely got into this business because you love storytelling.

Inspiring and entertaining people through storytelling is an ancient ritual that has been passed down through the ages and to be part of bringing a story to life is a magical art form.

But today, I want to talk about the story you tell yourself.

In fact, the reason most actors don’t succeed has nothing to do with external factors.

It’s in the internal story you tell yourself about what is possible.

You know, those stories you have on repeat in your mind after being in this business awhile (months, years, or maybe even decades).
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Maybe your story has been sounding something like this…. (more…)

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