Shining In The Spotlight: How She Turned Suffering Into Soaring (and 7 new bookings!)

    “The story of needing things to be hard in order for them to be good was causing me a lot of suffering.
    The ease that surrounds me now is almost unbelievable to the me of one year ago.
    Wendy’s Spotlight Club helped me up-level my mindset + laid the foundation for
    booking bigger roles + expanding into the career I want.”
    – Keiko Elizabeth (Last Man Standing, Criminal Minds, Hawaii Five-O)

    After booking 7 jobs in less than 8 months, I had to find out exactly had shifted for awesome actress, Keiko Elizabeth.  (Especially since I know that big external breakthroughs always begin with big internal breakthroughs.)

    I was delighted to learn from our interview, that shortly after joining my Spotlight Club, Keiko decided to tell a new story (way different from the one she heard growing up).  It’s no surprise that she then went from struggling to soaring in her life + her career.

    She just shot her first pilot, has been seen lately on Last Man Standing, Criminal Minds, Hawaii Five-O, started a cool blog for actresses balancing motherhood + career, The Mama Actor, and oh yeah, is now starring in a play!  Here is exactly what Keiko Elizabeth does to balance it all + shine in the spotlight.

    What made you decide to join Spotlight?
    I knew I needed to address my mindset in order to move forward in my career, but it seemed that the harder I tried to cultivate a positive mindset, the more frustrated, grouchy, and anxious I became.  I joined Spotlight because I was looking for help and relief from my own actor mind.
    I'm more relaxed

    What are the main things that have shifted for you since joining?  What, if anything was keeping you stuck?

    When I was a little girl, every time I complained that something was too hard, my mom would encourage me by saying, “You like doing hard things! They’re the best things to do.”

    So my whole life I’ve always done the hardest things—the most challenging schools, the toughest jobs.

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with hard work persay (and I’ll probably say a version of the same thing to my kids when they complain about hard things), but honestly, “hard” is just a story.  The story of needing things to be hard in order for them to be good was causing me a lot of suffering.

    The ease that surrounds me now is almost unbelievable to the me of one year ago.

    I’ve come to separate the story of “hard” from the joyful and diligent work that I do in my career, both the business side and the art side. This has resulted in an ease and freedom in the audition room that I’ve never known before.  Because I’m effortlessly connected to the best part of myself, rather than trying to “be myself,’ my work is better.

    You’ve had an amazing year so far, tell us what has happened in the past 6 months? (I wanna hear all the victories! Internal and external)

    In terms of jobs, in the last 8 months I’ve booked 4 TV gigs, a pilot, and a voiceover gig. I was on avail for a national commercial, and am in rehearsal for the lead in an awesome play.

    What’s more significant to me, however, are the internal victories, which are tougher to articulate in such a neat, packaged way, but I’m gonna try:Screen shot 2015-07-26 at 9.44.19 PM

    • The experience of auditioning is so much more enjoyable. Energetically I’m more relaxed, confident, braver, freer, and I’m having more fun!
    • I own my goals and desires without feeling like they’re swallowing me up, if that makes sense. For me, the image of surrendering or letting go of what I want doesn’t really work, so I imagine throwing my desires as high as I can up into the sky and out into the universe and lovingly expecting divine energy to receive them and form them into something really amazing before sending them back to me. Like a fun game of catch.
    • I feel really good more minutes of the day than I did before.

    What do you like best about being in the group?

    I like to hear about other people’s breakthroughs, epiphanies, and challenges in our private Facebook page.  I’m a total sucker for a transformation story, so I love hearing the nitty-gritty minutiae of someone’s experience overcoming an obstacle.

    You’re also a mom, how do you balance it all?

    Imperfectly, with quality wine and good babysitters.  Just kidding. Sort of.  Nope, actually that’s 100% true.

    I honestly don’t know.  I’m always trying to figure it out, and just when I think I do, my kids mature into a different stage or something totally new arises in my creative life and everything changes.  I try to articulate the “figuring out” of it at my blog, called The Mama Actor, which is all about the inner and outer challenges of balancing my mama self and my actor self.

    Any advice for other actresses trying to balance career and family?

    If they’re anything like me, I can get very caught up in the story about how hard it is to manage everything (see my comments above).  It doesn’t have to be hard. It can be joyful and easy and amazing.  It’s really just a choice.

    And I don’t say that to be harsh or annoyingly superior or anything, because I know that so much of the experience of balancing career and family can feel very much at the mercy of other peoples’ schedules, attitudes, actions (or lack thereof).

    But knowing it’s a choice is actually really empowering.

    One of my themes for this year is ownership, and I’ve had the opportunity to own my joy, own my anger, own my impatience, own my shortcomings, own every feeling, every interaction, every relationship, every moment of my life.  And my final piece of advice, if you’re parenting in the context of a marriage or committed relationship, is that a babysitter is cheaper than a divorce.

    What are three words that best describe you?

    Intricate, seeker, persistent

    Tell us which guided meditations are on “Keiko’s Favorites” playlist?

    Emotional Release And Energy Renewal
    I Am Enough
    Everything Always Works Out For Me
    Creating Powerful Auditions  (every track on this album)

    Where can we find you online? (links, twitter, etc.)

    Twitter  My handle is @imkeiko (like “Hi, I’m Keiko”)
    The Mama Actor  My blog about my thoughts + experiences at the intersection of mothering + acting.

    You are doing an amazing job of balancing all your roles. I love knowing how meaningful the inner shifts have been for you.
    Thanks for sharing your journey with us.  We know you’ll keep on shining, Keiko!

    Join the Spotlight Club + start soaring in your life + career.  Details here. 


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