I Grew Up Deeply Ashamed (And Other Reasons Why I Do This)

    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.

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    The Mental Game Shift That Can Change Everything

    Today’s message is short but powerful, and one that I hope will impact you in the coming weeks, months + even years to come. 

    I love studying the inner shifts of successful people because I know that every outer success I see always began on the inside.

    I also love that Bryan Cranston shares, so truthfully, what really shifted within him to become the massively successful actor he is today.

    Check out this quick video to hear exactly what mental game shift he made, and how you too can adopt this new mindset in every audition or self-tape moving forward.

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    #1 Thing To Stop Saying Before You Self-Tape

    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.

    CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE IN THE FREE MASTERCLASS


    When you’re about to self-tape, stop telling yourself,

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    3 Tips When You Feel Lost + Overwhelmed

    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. 

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    Helping Thousands Of Creatives: Wendy Braun Is Featured In Forbes

    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.

    Read the full Forbes interview here.  

    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.”

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    How To Rock Every Self Tape (NOW)

    Are you starting the week feeling empowered, uplifted, inspired, informed and ready to rock your self-tapes and auditions?

    Everyone who attended my free Live masterclasses this weekend is starting this Monday ready to rock (and I want you to feel the same).

    Did you miss me LIVE?  No worries, the replay is ready!
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    5 Core Secrets To Becoming A Successful Working Actor Click here to watch the replay.

    Here’s what some actors were saying in the chat:

    I know you’ll feel the same (in less time it takes to watch a movie). Click here to watch the replay.

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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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    Learn From A Working Pro

    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.

    ⭐️Join me for a  SPECIAL FREE LIVE VIRTUAL EVENT ⭐️
    5 Core Secrets To Becoming A Successful Working Actor 
    Click here to register for free (seating is limited)

    Here’s a special message I recorded for you from the set…

    Wendy

    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!).  

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    What Self-Taping Really Looks Like

    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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    How To Eliminate Self-Tape Overwhelm…

    Do you get that feeling of pure joy and simultaneous panic when you see an email from your reps that says “SELF TAPE REQUEST?”

    Do you check the due date immediately + start rescheduling your day to make your audition the new priority?

    I hope so.  That’s what working pros are doing right now to compete at the highest level.

    (That’s also how I booked a top-of-show guest star on Grey’s Anatomy off a self-tape).

    Look, we all know self-taping is here to stay.

    And of course you want to give your best performance, but now you have to make sure the sound, lighting, framing and other technical aspects are at a top professional level too.

    There’s definitely a lot of noise out there right now on what to do and what not to do, and so I  put together one simple checklist to make it easy to deliver self-tape success.

    Every. Single. Time.

    I created this Self-Tape Success Checklist and I wanted to make sure you, my loyal reader, can access it for free!

    You can download your Self Tape Success Checklist here for free

    Here’s a sneak peak at all you’ll need to cover to deliver awesome self-tapes (and of course, I made it into an alliteration).

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