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Shining In The Spotlight: From Stressed At Auditions To Working With Helen Mirren

When I heard that Karen Valero went from feeling stressed at auditions to working with Helen Mirren (and more!), I had to find out exactly what changed within her to create such a big shift in her career, since the inner change always comes first.

Well, a few months prior, Karen joined my Spotlight Club and started using the tools I create each month to help actors cultivate a success mindset.  (Grab your free trial here).

She declared a few months prior to the big booking, “I’ve been listening to the Spotlight guided meditations + writing in the Spotlight journal every day + this is actually working!  Everything seems so positive and I feel great about my goals.  I’m so excited.”  

That’s always the first breakthrough – feeling better.  When you start feeling great about your goals, the Universe rises to meet you.  When you feel good, you’re in receiving mode, you take inspired action and things just start happening.

Read our interview and learn exactly how Karen’s journey unfolded.
What had you been struggling with in your life or career prior to joining Spotlight?

I  was booking only every few months and felt stressed in auditions.

What made you decide to join my Spotlight Club?

I was reading about all the positive people that were seeing big improvements in their careers that had joined Spotlight.

I pulled a few of your Facebook posts in our Spotlight Club online support group to show your journey of how feeling good, really does lead to better things.  It’s fun to see how quickly things have changed for you!

JULY 14: You commit to using the Spotlight tools + immediately start feeling an inner shift…
Karen Valero
2 WEEKS LATER: You book a supporting role in a feature film…
Karen Valero
Then a few weeks after that, you’re on set with Helen Mirren!  Amazing!

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Then, just one week later, after listening to I Am Deserving, you booked 2 commercials in the same day!

“I went to the audition with such a positive mind, relaxed and accepted myself as who I am, honoring my uniqueness.  No judging, no doubts.  This is who I am!”
Karen Valero

And then, less than a month later, here you are on ANOTHER set shooting for over a week!

Karen Valero
I love knowing that the Spotlight tools have created such amazing career changes for you in such a short time!
Yes, since listening to the audios my career has shifted.  The Spotlight tools have helped me in being positive, having more confidence and not being afraid of auditioning.

What would you say to an actor debating about joining the Spotlight Club?

They should join, because it really works, I know its hard to believe, but you have to believe in something! What have you got to lose?

You’re also a photographer.  What advice would you give actors shooting new headshots?

Take photos with someone friendly that its happy to help you get a great headshot, because this is your calling card.  They should also know what agents and casting directors like to see and also make sure the photographer does actor headshots, because its very different and specific.

What are three words that best describe you?screen-shot-2016-10-21-at-6-34-35-pm

Friendly, Outgoing, Confident.

Where else have we seen you lately + where can we see you next?

Orange is the New Black (Season 3 as Cat)
The Leisure Seeker with Helen Mirren.
A Question Of Faith (Feature Film)
Commercials for Aaron’sNature Valley

Tell us which audios are on “Karen’s Favorites” playlist?

I Am Deserving This audio makes me feel confident in who I am as a person and an actor, I don’t care if I book it or not, I just care that I did my best and that makes me feel happy.
Manifesting My Big Goal.  I love audio  this because it makes me think of my future bookings and how amazing it feels to have what I want.
Creating Certainty  I really like this audio because it makes me feel I’m creating my future.

Where can we find you online?

Acting Website
Photography Website

Any parting words or a favorite quote?

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t. Even better prove them wrong.
You can do anything you want in this life, make it your goal and do not give up!

Thanks Karen!  What an inspiring journey you’ve been on!  I’m excited to see what’s next for you.  Big things, for sure!

Want proven + empowering tools to help you go from feeling stressed at auditions to booking more work?  Grab your free 30-day trial to Spotlight + get free instant access to the mindset tools Karen used to go from feeling stressed to becoming a booking machine! Details here.

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