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Thank You…(A Love Letter To My Tribe)

I’m flying home today from an amazing weekend in Vancouver + my heart is filled with so much gratitude.

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday in the US this week, I want to give thanks for you, my friend.

I am so thankful for the space you grant me each + every week in your email inbox.

To be able to inspire, uplift + empower other artists all over the world, has truly been a gift in my life. Thank you.

Because of you, I am inspired to keep going, to keep writing each week, even when I’m tired, even when it’s late, my kids are asleep and I am staring at a blank screen.

Because of you, I have learned that serving + helping others fuels my soul.

Because of you, I have learned that what you give out comes back to you in wonderful ways.

Special Note:  Comp tickets for my Live Masterclasses are now available for Atlanta, New York, Toronto, and we’ve just added London, all in January!

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Because of you, I am filled with gratitude.

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The Simple Practice That Creates Bigger Results

I’ve been practicing daily gratitude this month, and not only do I feel better, but it’s definitely opened up a doorway for more good things to come to me easily + effortlessly.

I invite you to do the same, beginning right now.

The key for me has been not doing so to “make something happen,” but instead because it simply feels good to focus on the good.

And the extra benefit is that I’m also training my brain to criticize less, find fault less + complain less.

And what has been happening?  I’ve had new bookings, been invited to be a podcast guest on one of my favorite shows, and last week, I became a GIF!

If you haven’t heard, I’m back for Season 3 of Atypical, which I’m thrilled report, was the #1 binge-watched show on Netflix last week.  (Our show beat “Friends,” which took 2nd place).

This role (that started out as a few short scenes in Season 1), has now turned into a three season recurring role, with multiple episodes, fun story lines, and lots of matching sweater sets.  (Can you tell I love playing the uptight but well-intentioned, Kathy, always going head-to-head with Jennifer Jason Leigh?)

I couldn’t be more grateful to be part of a show that promotes inclusion, spreads autism awareness, and is filled with laughs, love + compassion.

It was a full circle moment, when (more…)

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Premieres, Screenings + Guest Speaking, Oh My!

What an amazing month it has been!

A few weeks ago, I guest starred on Season 2 of Liza On Demand, with Kevin Nealon playing my boss. The show has now over 70 million views on YouTubeRed, check out the funny episode here.

Last week I was invited to speak on a panel at SAG-AFTRA about balancing career + family. I loved sharing tips + stories on how you can absolutely manage both + the lessons I’ve learned along the way. I ’ll share the video link once it’s ready so you can watch from anywhere in the world.

Then last night I attended a screening of a hilarious feature film that I star in with Danny Trejo called Donny’s Party. I’m sharing the link below to the story of how my cold read turned into booking the lead.

And tonite is the premiere party for Season 3 of Atypical which is released this Friday, Nov. 1 on Netflix. I feel so grateful to be returning for my 3rd season of this awesome show.

Then in the spirit of helping others, tomorrow and this Sunday, I’ll be teaching actors “How To Have A Success Breakthrough.”

Both events are completely sold out, but I have 2 more dates in Los Angeles before the end of the year. And then, I’m coming to Vancouver in November and many other cities in January.

If you want to see me in person, grab your comp ticket now, since these events fill up fast, and the guest lists will be closed.

Click here to join me in Los Angeles.
Click here to join me in Vancouver.
Click here to join me in your city.

Since all of these awesome things are going on this week, I thought I’d revisit some of my favorite blog posts…

If you want to find out how my cold read turned into booking the lead in feature film:

From Cold Read To Booking The Lead (3 Best Tips For Audition Success)

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Gratitude For Our Freedom

Happy Memorial Day!  In the United States, we celebrate this holiday to remember the sacrifices that brave men + woman made to bring freedom to this country.

Growing up as the daughter of a Navy veteran, I was taught to have immense gratitude for the freedoms that we so easily take for granted.

My late father was a World War II Air-Sea Rescue pilot who helped to save those who were shot down in the Pacific Ocean. He was a hero to many, and especially to me. I lost him when I was 27.

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When I used to volunteer in my son’s kindergarten class, I could barely get through The Pledge Of Allegiance without tearing up.

Seeing a group of 6-year-olds embody joy, love and freedom, so purely, gave me hope for our future.

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For Your Emmy® Consideration: Wendy Braun

I’m beyond thrilled to share some exciting news with you…

I am in the running for an Emmy® nomination for my work on Atypical (Netflix).

For Your Emmy® Consideration:
WENDY BRAUN
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series

It’s been so much fun to return to this amazing show each season + play a character who tries so hard to keep it all together, while things around her are falling apart (especially while getting my “jai-ho” on in a Bollywood dance workout).

Television Academy members can view the episode on the FYC site here: http://view.televisionacademy.com

Not an academy member? You can view it here + help spread the love: wendybraun.com/fyc

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I am so grateful to be part of a show that celebrates inclusion and acceptance, proves that being normal is overrated, and continues the conversation to help break any stigma around autism.

I’d also like to say thank you for all the love + support.

I moved to Los Angeles, 5 days before the Northridge earthquake in 1994.

Immediately after it happened, my mom called and asked what I was going to do and if I was going to stay in LA or come back home to Chicago. (more…)

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Letting Go + Healing Your Soul (A Personal Story)

I sometimes think letting go is the hardest part of what we do as actors.

Letting go of an audition when you know you did your best and you hear nothing.
Letting go of a callback when you made them laugh but you don’t book the job.
Letting go of how you think the scene should go, so you can be present in the moment.
Letting go of how you think your career should go, so you can be open to what’s meant for you.

Then, there’s letting go in life.
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To Manifest Anything: Do This First

To manifest anything in your life, whether it is a relationship, a thing, an experience, or even a next level role, you must do this one thing first:

You must be able to imagine it.

Look around you right now.

Everything you see (even the phone or the computer that you are reading this on) first began as an idea in someone’s imagination.

They didn’t just think about it once and forget it. They gave their devoted attention to bringing their vision to life.

And it all began with the imagination – (hint: this is the actors’ greatest tool!)

Yet sometimes we can create a character more easily than we can create our own success.

But here’s the good news:

Your imagination is able to do all that you ask in proportion to the degree of your attention.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer.
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How To Collect The “No’s” + Turn Them Into “Yes.” (My personal story of 10 agents turning me down.)

Have you been facing tons of rejection lately? Have you allowed it to devastate you? You’re not alone.

As actors, collecting the “no’s” should be part of our job description, and yet no one really teaches us how to do that without getting defeated.

Whether it’s not booking the job, not getting the callback or not getting signed by an agent, all of the rejection can chip away at your confidence.

It’s your ability to not allow any of these experiences to turn into a negative belief about yourself that really is the key.
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That really is it. It’s how you handle all the rejection, without letting it devastate you, define you or defeat you that will ultimately determine your success.

So don’t take one experience of rejection and allow it to define who you are + what will or won’t happen in your career.

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How To Retrain Your Brain For Audition Success

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.

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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: “If it feels good, it’s true for me. If it feels bad, it’s a lie.”
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How Successful People Start Their Day

After researching the morning rituals of some of the most successful creative people in the world, I discovered that there was a common thread.

Although each person’s process was a bit different, it was interesting to learn that people like Oprah and Tony Robbins, didn’t begin their day reacting to the requests of others.

(And we can only imagine how long that request list might be on a daily basis.)

Instead, they tuned inward, first.  They filled their own cup before filling anyone else’s.  
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Oprah Winfrey begins each day (more…)

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