Whether you’ve been part of this amazing community for years, or are just joining me, I wanted to share a deeply personal story with you today.
Everything we go through in our childhood affects who we become, and as I was thinking about “why I do this,” why do I help to uplift + empower actors to create major breakthroughs in their careers and their personal lives, well, it all begins with my story of how I grew up…
When I was growing up, I was deeply ashamed of my childhood home.
My mother, though she was amazing in so many ways + supportive of my creative endeavors, was also a compulsive hoarder.
Click the video below, as I reveal what I learned from growing up with shame, anxiety + around mental illness.
And if you prefer to read the story as I tell it, here is the rest of the transcript that begins above… (more…)
I’m sharing a quick video tip today to help you rock your self-tapes + stand out from the competition.
I know a lot of actors are frustrated after doing self-tapes for over a year now and are still telling themselves, “I’m so much better in the room.”
I get it that you might miss the connection, the interaction and the feedback of an in-person audition, but the thought of “I’m so much better in the room” is not serving you in any way when you’re about to do a self-tape.
In today’s quick video, I share how you can flip the script immediately and what to say instead to empower yourself instantly.
I’ve been seeing a lot of posts lately among several actor communities that have a similar theme of feeling lost and overwhelmed, and even thoughts like “Maybe it’s time to quit?” Can you relate?
What sparks this type of thinking? Usually it’s…
Watching award shows. Noticing other actor’s “booked it” posts. Seeing someone’s social media perfection. Delivering great self-tapes + hearing nothing.
What’s at the root of it all, when it makes you feel bad? Judgement, comparison…and more judgment.
Look, the logical ego-mind is always going to find reasons you are somehow “not enough.”
And unless you cultivate a daily practice that helps you refocus your energy and quiet the inner critic, this kind of thinking will take you down a dark rabbit hole…every single time.
Let me remind you that no actor is always pleased, always thriving or always feeling good(no matter what their Instagram reels look like).
So next time you’re feeling lost and overwhelmed, see if you do these 3 things.
1) Cultivate conscious awareness. Notice your habit of thought, and the ultimatums and judgments you whip up about yourself. Become aware of the meaning you are adding to an event. (Without the meaning you add, it’s simply an awards show, a post, a self-tape).
2) Recognize your default state. Notice your specific default mental pattern, and your go-to thoughts, that you often repeat on a weekly (or daily or hourly) basis like…
I should be further along by now. If I was going to make it, it should have already happened. That person is doing great, which means I’m clearly not enough. Everyone’s booking off their self-tapes except me.
3) Shift your perspective. Change your definition of the challenging moments + you will experience them in a whole new way.
So beyond grateful to be featured in FORBES this past week (and that Season 4 of Atypical drops on July 9th!). To live my dreams while helping to empower you to do the same, has been my life’s mission.
The last 3 words my late father left on my answering machine back in 1997 were “Keep Going, Sunshine.”
To sit down with Forbes and share how I’ve been doing just that for decades amidst rejection, setbacks and obstacles (while helping so many others like you along the way) was a dream come true.
An excerpt from Forbes: “Those three little words helped me navigate so many roadblocks, rejections, failures and heartbreaks on my journey without letting them define or defeat me,” she shares. “It ultimately means that when you come to what seems like a dead end, trust that it’s actually a divine detour. Pick yourself off, dust yourself off and get back in the game.”
Have you been feeling off your audition game lately?
Been questioning your self-tape submissions when you don’t hear anything?
Wondering how you’ll deliver in high stakes while on the job (with the new added stress of masks, shields, social distancing and self-isolation)?
I’ve been there too. Now that I’m back shooting my 4th season of Atypical, I know first-hand that returning to work in this climate looks + feels VERY different, and I want to share my insights with you (to help you skip the struggle + frustration) so you can thrive.
Imagine having a simple and empowering process to rock your self-tapes, book more jobs + shine under pressure…every single time.
Here’s a special message I recorded for you from the set…
I can’t wait to teach you an easy-to-implement process that has helped hundreds of actors (at every level + in every market) book more work in TV, Film, VO, Commercials + Theater. (yes, even amidst a global pandemic!).
Been nailing your self-tapes lately? Or are you having moments where you scream, swear, laugh and cry – all inside of a minute? I sure have.
I’m keeping it real today, and sharing this with you, so you know we ALL have days where we just want to scream and cry, no matter how long we’ve been doing this! Myself included!
Yep, this was me recently while attempting to self-tape a comedy audition as a “flirty cougar.”
(And this was smack in the middle of me shooting my 4th season of Atypical).
So, I hope this helps you know, it’s okay to have your moments and I encourage you to get it out. ???
Enjoy this behind-the-scenes reveal of what self-taping really looks like… (the moments most working pros won’t ever show you).
The good news here is that my exceedingly patient husband always makes me laugh and knows when + how to reign in a former dancer by just shouting out “Fosse, Fosse, Go.” (That came out of nowhere, but every performer knows her cues!)
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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."
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"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."
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."