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3 Tips For Audition Success (How I Booked The Lead From A Cold Read)

Today, I want to share the full story of what I did to book the lead role in “Donny’s Bar Mitzvah,” a film that premiered this past week on Apple TV + Amazon Prime.

SPECIAL NOTE: You’re invited to join me and the film’s writer/director, Jonathan Kaufman, in my Clubhouse room today as he shares his insights on casting from the Director’s POV. Join us here at 11am PST / 2pm EST.

So how did this all begin?  And how can it help you in your auditions this week?

Back in 2018, I walked into an audition to read for a supporting role in a feature film.

I was 3 pages into my 4 page audition when the director stopped me and asked the casting director to give me the sides for a different role…the lead.

They handed me 15 pages of new sides and told me to “take my time” in the waiting room with the material, while they continued on with their casting session.

Here is what I did to book the role + my 3 best tips for audition success…

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Booking The Lead (My Audition Mindset Shift)

I’m excited to share the news that I’m starring in the comedy feature film, “Donny’s Bar Mitzvah,” which premieres on Apple TV and Amazon Prime this Tuesday March 23.

What I love about sharing my journey with you is that not only do I seek to constantly learn + grow, but every time I have a career win, I love revealing the “behind-the-scenes” of how that booking came to be, so you can benefit in your own career.

It always begins with a mindset shift.  You wouldn’t know by looking at the pictures, but I’m here to tell you that the inner game work is an ongoing daily necessity, and always at the core of my own career breakthroughs.

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Want Radical Transformation In Your Life + Acting Career? Begin Here:

Join me for TWO free events today + begin your week feeling empowered. (Details below)

As a “recovering type A doer,” it was only when I stopped all the “doing” and began focusing on who I was “being,” that I was able to radically transform my life + acting career 2 decades ago.  

Teaching actors to “do more” is quite easy, and you’re most likely already inundated with directions on all you “should do” for your career.  (You know how I feel about the “should do” list, it’s often rooted in shame and fear, and isn’t aligned with your true purpose, which is why it feels so heavy).

I have found (and witness daily with hundreds of students in my Success Breakthrough Workshop and members of my Spotlight Club who know the importance of prioritizing their inner game practice), that taking a good look at who you are being and shifting that first, is the key to real + lasting change. 

It’s also often the hardest to do, which is why most actors just get “busy doing more.” (And I know, because I’ve tried that for years, and found myself exhausted, frustrated + unfulfilled).

But the combination of applying spiritual inner game breakthroughs with practical outer game success strategies, is what lights me up and has changed the game for me and so many others. 

And today, I’m offering up both in 2 free events + you can join from anywhere in the world.

  1. On Clubhouse with CD Lisa London Today at 11am PST.
    Join us here. And follow @wendybraun 
  2. On Awake TV as a guest expert on Meditation at 12pm PST
    Tune in here as I facilitate a powerful guided meditation.

First, the amazing + generous casting director, Lisa London is my special guest inside my Clubhouse room: “Success Breakthrough Chats With Industry Experts,” where we’ll be talking about what it really takes to breakthrough, the inside scoop on the latest casting trends, and we’ll answer your questions in our live Q+A!

Join us here.

Follow @wendybraun and get notified when the room starts.

Then, be sure to bookmark my episode of Awake TV’s “Coalition For Global Unity” here as we discuss how easily the inner critic can take over and practical + simple ways to quickly quiet the mind.  

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Connecting On Clubhouse: Success Breakthrough Chats With Industry Experts

My mission is always to inspire uplift + empower actors in everything I do, and so I’ve decided to host a room on Clubhouse app (starting TODAY) called ”Success Breakthrough Chats With Industry Experts” ? and wanted you to be one of the first to know!

Every Monday, you can join me live at 11am PST / 2pm EST / 7pm GST from anywhere in the world. as I invite casting directors, directors, producers, writers, agents, managers, coaches, working actors and more to offer up their best tips + practical insights to help you turn your biggest dreams into reality.

And today, I’m kicking off the party with my first guest, one my favorite casting directors, Seth Caskey!  

We’ll be talking about what it really takes to deliver self tape success, the inside scoop on the latest casting trends, and we’ll be doing a live Q+A, where you can ask us anything!  

Join us today at 11:00 AM PST.  Here’s the direct link: https://joinclubhouse.com/event/PDprqpQR

Tune in for a high-vibe + illuminating conversation to get you in the right headspace for the week ahead. 

If you haven’t heard, Clubhouse is a new iPhone app that allows people to host and join audio conversations with other users. (They say an Android version is coming soon.)

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How To Rise Higher

I wanted to share with you the story that inspired my latest guided meditation creation, “Rising Higher.” 

The Lesson Of The Eagle And The Crow

The only bird that dares to peck an eagle is the crow. 

The crow sits on the eagles back and bites his neck. 

The eagle does not respond, nor fight with the crow; it does not spend time or energy on the crow. 

Instead he just opens its wings and begins to rise higher in the heavens. 

The higher the flight, the harder it is for the crow to breathe and eventually the crow falls off due to a lack of oxygen.

Learn from the eagle and don’t fight the crows, just keep ascending. 

They might be along for the ride but they’ll soon fall off. 

Do not allow yourself to succumb to the distractions….keep your focus on the things above and continue rising!!
– Solara

This speaks to me so much in our journey as actors.  

Yes, there will be all kinds of crows – from other opinions, to our own raging inner critic, but the key is to know how to rise higher on a daily basis, no matter the external or internal noise.

To rise higher, to savor more, to feel more fulfilled at the highest level in all areas of your life + career, will require you to quiet (and then elevate) your mind.

This takes awareness, willingness, and moment by moment mindfulness, but it is through quieting the mind first, that we can then rise higher.

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How To Really Succeed in 2021….

I’m heading to a fitting today and getting ready to shoot my 4th season of Netflix’s Atypical this week.  I am beyond grateful to begin the year this way.

My heart is full.  Not only because I’m heading back to the set, but because I’ve uplifted, inspired + empowered thousands of actors all over the world this month.

And as January comes to a close, I want to remind you of two things:

1) You are worthy of your dreams.  Your biggest dreams.

2) Discounted Enrollment for The Success Breakthrough Workshop ends TONIGHT.

Find out more about the course that actors are calling “Powerful. Priceless. Vital to the actor’s soul.

I know you have big dreams and a big heart, otherwise you would not have found your way to me.  I also know that sometimes big dreams can feel intimidating or even scary.

But I don’t want you to allow fear to stop you this year.

For years, I’ve been focused on taking bold actions (even when they scare me) while also allowing my vulnerability to be a strength, not a weakness.

Many of you saw that in action if you joined me in the 5-Day Success Breakthrough Experience or attended a Free Masterclass this month. (Perhaps you got teary-eyed along with me?)

But speaking of fear, here’s something you should know….

Yes, who you are meant to become is on the other side of your fear.

How do you create big success in 2021?  Don’t let fear stop you from taking bold action.

I let fear stop me, I definitely wouldn’t have…

  • become an actress
  • become a wife
  • become a mother (twice)
  • become a homeowner
  • become a mentor for actors worldwide
  • become the founder of ActorInspiration.com
  • written a blog post every Monday for almost a decade
  • have become an international speaker requested by casting directors and top acting studios all over the world.
  • recorded a new guided meditation every month for the past 6 years
  • created The 5-Day Success Breakthrough Experience (expires Jan. 31)
  • created my Free Masterclass (replay expires Jan. 31)
  • now be celebrating 6 years of helping over 770 actors world-wide radically transform their careers + their lives inside my Success Breakthrough Workshop (Discounted Enrollment ends TONIGHT + Midnight)
  • gathered Success Breakthrough Stories from students all over the world
  • and I definitely wouldn’t have told my agent “No, I’m going.” when he suggested I turn down the initial audition for my role on Atypical (that has now turned into 4 wonderful seasons in a role I love to play).
  • And I definitely wouldn’t have been up “For Your Emmy Consideration As Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series” for my work on Atypical.

If I let fear stop me, I wouldn’t have done any of those things.  None of it.

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Success Begins Here….

Many actors are starting this week feeling overwhelmed, frustrated + not knowing where to begin to create the success they crave in 2021.

But if you were with me throughout The 5-Day Success Breakthrough Experience and my Free Masterclasses this past week, you are feeling lighter, clearer, empowered, focused, recharged and excited for the road ahead.

My heart is so full today, as thousands of actors from all over the world joined me in learning how to shed all kinds of limitations, fear, self doubt and now know the exact steps to take to begin their breakthrough year. 

In fact, inside of 90 minutes, those who came to my Live Masterclass Encores this weekend shared these vulnerable moments with me….

HERE’S THE GOOD NEWS:

  1. You can watch the REPLAY now. << no opt in required.  Come learn the 5 steps to radically transform your acting career + your personal happiness (and see what all the buzz is all about).
  2. Enrollment is NOW OPEN for my Success Breakthrough Workshop online course for a limited time only. Click here for details + VIP Early-Bird Pricing.

I’ve spent the last 7 days watching brave + committed actors dive inward + take an honest look at what’s been stopping them from creating more success + happiness in their acting careers + their personal lives

Here’s what I want to share with you today – as we begin the 3rd week of 2021.

To radically transform your career,
you must first radically transform your inner game.

Yes, it all begins, by looking within.

Why? Well, real transformation can’t happen without conscious awareness…

Yes. When I acknowledge + accept, I can transform.

For most actors, it’s way easier to spend the day/month/year blaming their agents, weight, looks, age, lack of connections or number of auditions for their lack of results.

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How To End 2020 Strong + Set Yourself Up For Success In 2021

I have two gifts for you today.  One to help you say goodbye to 2020 (hallelujah!), and the other to help you begin your best year yet.  (Bring on 2021!)

Let’s start with the New Year gift, shall we? I’m so excited to personally invite you to kick off January with me LIVE! I’m hosting a totally free 5-day event where I’ll walk you through the exact steps to begin your breakthrough year.  Click here to register + save your spot.

I know this year has been a doozy, so  I’m kicking off 2021 helping actors to reflect, release, refocus, reignite + reimagine what is possible in 2021.  You’ll learn proven strategies + simple tips to help you gain clarity, eliminate overwhelm + jumpstart January in just 5 days. 

I’m also revealing brand-new success secrets that helped me through this pandemic (and giving away daily prizes). Click here and you’re in The 5-Day Success Breakthrough Experience! 

Ok here’s the gift to help you say goodbye to 2020 (and feel good about where you are in life + career).

As the year ends, and you take stock of all you’ve learned in 2020 (so many lessons, right?), I hope you’ll pause today + remember that you play many roles in your life and they are all meaningful and valuable. 

“Actor” is only one of those roles, just as “what you’ve done” so far in your career is only one facet of the multi-faceted diamond that is you.

Here is a loving reminder to help you end the year knowing that not only are you enough exactly as you are right now, but that you are a precious gift.  

Download + print “I Am A Gift” here + then say it OUT LOUD…

So whether you print this here + tape it to your bathroom mirror or screenshot it as wallpaper for your phone, be sure to treat yourself this way as the year comes to a close.

Then get ready to make 2021 your breakthrough year, as I walk you through the steps live. Join me here.

Here’s to a holiday season where you fill yourself up first with positive energy, love + light.

When you take time to do this, you will have so much more to give.

Thank you for being a gift to me.  As the words pour from my heart + soul every week, I am so grateful to know that they resonate with you.

Let me know in the comments below, which mantra you are going to take on as the year comes to a close?

Happy Holidays!

Love + Gratitude,

~ Wendy

P.S.  Print your “I Am A Gift” year end mantras here.  Screenshot + share the love + tag me at on Instagram.

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The Gratitude Sale

Today, I want to express my sincere gratitude for YOU.  I am so thankful to share this journey with you.  Yes, 2020 has been quite a year, and we both know that tending to your own inner peace has never been more vital and necessary.

To send a HUGE THANK YOU ever your way, I’ve put together The Gratitude Sale, so you can enjoy the biggest savings ever on my most popular tools for transformation.

Get over 50% off on ALL of my best-selling guided meditation audios, and enjoy special savings ($200 off) on the The Ultimate Audition + Performance Collection. 

Have you been eyeing The Ultimate Audition + Performance Collection? A step-by-step guide + proven audio collection to help you stand out in every audition, book more work + shine in ever role? (Even when you feel isolated on set amidst pandemic protocols)

The Ultimate Audition + Performance Collection addresses every mental roadblock you may face, helping you to master your mindset and deliver your best auditions + performances (and actors worldwide are RAVING about it!) and for 5 days only, you can get $200 off.

“Since using The Ultimate Audition + Performance Collection, I have booked four jobs.” – Emmeline Prior

Did you know my audios are categorized by color?

Let your intuition be your guide while browsing the Actor Inspiration Guided Meditation store + you will be led to the right audios.  Make a magical mediation playlist to help you stress less this holiday.

Actors who have been listening to my audios for years tell me that “Wendy’s guided meditations are like combining a soothing sanctuary, an empowering coaching session and a dose of vitamin C for the actor’s soul all in one audio.”

If you could use some soothing + mentoring on repeat to help you through the holidays and beyond, treat yourself to some sacred gifts now.   They’re good for your soul, your career and your well-being. 

Shop now + save over 50% off all guided meditation audios.
Shop now + save $200 off The Ultimate Audition + Performance Collection. 

And know that I am grateful for you.

Love + Gratitude,

P.S. The Gratitude Sale Begins TODAY!  Enjoy 5 days of savings, and give yourself the gift of inner peace this holiday season. Shop here now.

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My 2-Step Process For Post Self-Tape Frustration

Hope you had a fun + safe Halloween weekend. Personally, I’ve cried a few times this past week for all kinds of reasons.  You too?

As you may know, I got choked up while sharing my very vulnerable story about growing up with shame, anxiety + around mental illness (and how it has all shaped the work I do with actors). Click here to watch the video.

I cried again reading your beautiful responses and how sharing my story helped you to realize not only are you not alone, but that it’s okay to share your vulnerability and your pain as well.  In fact, your deepest pain can become your greatest gift, if you can face it, feel it and heal it.  I hope you now know, we are all in this together.

Then, over the Halloween weekend, as I was folding 3 piles of laundry on the bed with my ever-supportive husband, while my children were bouncing off the walls from a candy-induced sugar rush, I broke down again.  

Can I just say…tears are a breakthrough. So please, by all means, go ahead and cry your eyes out (especially if you’ve been holding it all in lately for whatever reason).

Ok, so in addition to feeling emotional about politics + pandemics, heck, I’ve had some great self-tapes lately, and I haven’t heard anything yet, and it all just got to me.

I know as actors, we each put our whole heart into what we do, and sometimes it’s hard to let it all go and be present in the moment. (Yes, I struggle with this too).

So I made this quick video to walk you through exactly what I do when I’m deeply frustrated (and how to release it in seconds).  And whether you use my method this week to deal with politics, pandemics or post self-tape, I truly hope this helps you.  (And you enjoy my Halloween makeup).

Click the video below to learn my 2 step process for post-selftape meltdown frustration.
(I think you’ll love it!)

I hope this helps you to know that every actor goes through these kinds of moments.  

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