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How To Let Go Of The Guilt Of Not “Being More Productive” (During A Global Pandemic)

Have you been bombarded with “how to be more productive” suggestions lately, while feeling guilty that you’re still in your pajamas at noon?
Have you been noticing all of the free opportunities lately, while simultaneously feeling overwhelmed on where to begin?

You’re not alone, and today I want to address it all from a different perspective.

Not the one that shames you into being busy doing more, but the one that invites you to step back + reframe it all from a place of freedom, choice, and love.

I know a lot of actors who are feeling very frustrated by all they feel they should be doing right now.

Does this look like your list of “should do’s” from the last few weeks?

I should submit to every online open casting call.
I should attend every free Zoom call for actors.
I should create more content for social media.
I should comment more on social media.
I should practice a new monologue.
I should hone my self-tape skills.
I should work on 5 new accents.
I should update my marketing.
I should be more productive.
I should start a podcast.
I should workout daily.
I should take a nap.

Who wouldn’t feel overwhelmed?

When you are telling yourself what you “should-do,” and it feels heavy, that’s a great indication that the action is coming from a place of fear and lack.

Ultimately, you are telling yourself that if you don’t do the things on your “should-do” list, you’re not making the most of your “quarantine time.”

This is a lie the ego wants you to believe.

When your action comes from an energy of fear, lack and self-doubt it will never result in success (during a global pandemic or anytime!)

Instead, this week, I invite you to replace any should with could, and see what happens?

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When you reframe it in this way, then every idea becomes an invitation that you can choose to decline or accept, based on what feels good to you in the moment.

When you think of each “could-do” as an invitation, you regain control, because you get to  (more…)

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How To Conquer Fear

I’m back from an unexpected trip to New York to honor my late mother-in-law at her memorial.

It was beautiful + our visit reminded me how we must all live more fully, even in the face of fear.

We spent one day at local pool + spa, where kids were jumping off a high cliff into the waterfalls and pool below.

I waited on the sidelines and watched, while dipping my toes into the freezing cold water.

I cheered my 9 year-old son on as he tentatively stepped up to the edge.

I knew that the fear in his mind was greater than the actual jump + encouraged him to just go for it.

bde0e234-dd6d-460e-9a54-592d65b2781cHe did, and even though he was scared, once he took the leap, he felt amazing and went again and again.

Then he asked me to jump. (And I’m definitely afraid of heights). And it got me thinking.

Why do we sit on the sidelines and watch as just the kids jump in?
Why don’t we do the things that scare us more often?
Why don’t we live more fully?

So, I jumped.

And got the lesson.

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How To Ask For What You Want

When was the last time you ASKED for what you wanted?
So many actors spend their time complaining about what isn’t happening instead of taking action to create what they say they want.

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ASKING improves your chance of receiving by 200%!
Instead of resenting someone (ie. your current representation) for not offering to get you in certain Casting Director offices, why not ask for what you need?  With all the clients they have, they might not even know a certain CD has never met you, and you won’t know unless you ASK!  So, why don’t you try it?  If you don’t ask, the answer most surely will continue to be…no.

I actually began my voice-over career by ASKING… (more…)

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Expanding Your Career: Top 7 Marketing Tips For Actors

One area that many actors get intimidated by, and yet, it is a vital part of building your career…Marketing.

Let’s first look at how you view yourself in relation to your career. Do you realize that you are the CEO of your own company? What does your company sell? You!

Essentially, you are the product and the brand. You are also the Vice President of Marketing/Advertising, Publicity, Finance and Public Relations. Your agents and managers are… (more…)

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