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:
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.
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…)
It can happen to any actor—you feel like you are doing everything right, but you are still not booking the job. It’s easy to over-analyze your actions, your wardrobe, your choices, your hair, your age, or your talent. This kind of thinking can lead you to endless frustration.
If you feel that you are being a professional, showing up on time, being prepared, doing your best in the audition room, but just not booking, then it might be time to shift things internally. (more…)
Sometimes stepping away from focusing solely on your acting career can actually help you generate more auditions or even book a job.
This spring, I’ve found the most insightful metaphors to be in my garden. Here’s how to take cues from nature and ask the right questions to guide you towards success.
Flowers have always been nature’s quiet reminder of how to be: vibrant, unique, surprising, beautiful, filled with wonder and love. Creating a successful garden requires examination, preparation, decision-making, daily action, patience, and love – as does your career. Let’s take a closer look. (more…)
One of the best ways to help yourself get “unstuck” in your life + your career is to express daily gratitude.
I know the tendency is to think that when you “book a job, get an agent, book a commercial, film, series etc.,” THEN you will feel grateful, but it doesn’t work that way. You may think that all that “good stuff” will take you to a higher place, but the reality is once you take yourself there daily (and take inspired action), the “good stuff” will come.
As long as you need any of the aforementioned things to make you feel whole as an actor, you are actually repelling them. (more…)
Do you ever worry that you might be too old, don’t have enough credits, or aren’t good-looking enough to succeed as an actor? Where are those thoughts getting you? They’re probably not helping you get acting jobs.
How do you stay up during the down times? It seems to be one of the most common questions actors face at any stage in their career, from the beginning actor trying to get agent, to the actress who had ten auditions, several callbacks, but no jobs, to the working actor whose series just got cancelled.
Finding ways to stay “up” when things feel “down” is as useful a skill to an actor as crying on cue, and you will need to master it for yourself (and your sanity), because in almost every stage of your career there inevitably will be down times.(more…)
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."
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!”
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."
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."
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!"
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."