Okay, I admit it. I used to be insanely jealous of other actors who were having more success than me. I was unhappy with my career and I thought I should be further along than I was.
The funny thing is, the more I focused on lack and comparing myself to others, the harder it became to allow new opportunities and growth to come into my life.
Ever been there?
…Are you there now?
It sucks, doesn’t it?!
When it comes to money or opportunities, a “lack” mindset can really keep you feeling like crap. Energetically, there’s no room for growth or success in that space.
Nowadays when I catch myself in a “lack” mindset, I stop and examine the thoughts that are running through my head. You wouldn’t believe the creative (and majorly unhelpful!) ideas that I would cling to – although you might be able to relate to some of them.
Check out some of the beliefs I caught myself thinking that kept me in a mindset of lack: Continue reading 3 Common Beliefs that Keep You Jealous
When I graduated from college with a theatre degree, I thought for sure I would move to a big city, audition for a big play and get cast. Right away. After all, I had my degree and I was talented and knew so much. Wrong. Didn’t happen. Continue reading The Audition Is Your Job.
Sure you need to believe your goals can happen, but do you need to downplay your goals or set goals you’re not excited about? NO!!! Check out this vlog to gain more belief in your “unrealistic” goals. Continue reading ARE YOUR GOALS UNREALISTIC?
No one really talks about this but line memorization (or the lack thereof) wreaks havoc in auditions, rehearsals and performances alike. The way in which you memorize can restrict your performance and that restricts your spontaneity and that’s not good. Another big problem happens when an actor thinks they’re off book but then when they go into performance the words don’t show up and everything comes to a screeching halt.
Make a study of how you memorize. Become aware of how long it takes you to memorize something and, more importantly, how long it takes you to be completely free of the book. Until the words just show up without you having to rummage around in your head, you are not completely memorized.
In the Green Room Professional Program the processes of memorization and script development receives a lot of attention because both have a profound impact on performance.
One of the hardest things about being a goal-setter is the ability to let it go. By letting go of your attachment to the goal, it can actually become easier to achieve.
Do you remember liking someone so much that you were a bumbling fool around them? Or maybe worse, you were on the receiving end of that affection, but you didn’t feel the same way? The same thing can happen when you’re too attached to a goal. Continue reading LET IT GO
There’s a fair chance that your misunderstanding of the difference between a good acting partner and a good tennis partner is costing you a fair amount of money in your auditions. Continue reading Good Acting Partner vs. Good Tennis Partner
It’s perfectly normal to get a little rush before or when you walk into an audition. It’s basically just a little shot of adrenaline that will burn off relatively quickly if you let it.
If you don’t know how to let it burn off, than you’ll likely try to repress the rush and that’s going to keep it from burning off. This in turn causes the jitters to hang around and get worse.
Just let the adrenaline play out however it happens too. Don’t feel that you have to hide the rush from the casting director. If it’s okay with you, then it will be okay with them. They know that most actors walking into an audition have the jitters. It causes bigger problems if the actor tries to repress the rush. Repressing causes them to become less spontaneous and that’s never good for an audition.
One of the things I focus on in Making The Audition Environment Work For You is how to work with the adrenaline rush rather than against it.
Over the years I’ve been surprised by how many actors don’t have an answer for this question. It’s like they have a yearning to act but they’re not sure what that yearning is about or where that yearning is leading them. When an actor does have an answer it usually has to do with something that they want to happen in the future. I’m pursuing acting because I want to be rich and famous or because I want to be a really good actor or because I want to make a living as an actor. Continue reading Why Do I Want To Act?
If you’re like me, you probably always feel like you could be and should be doing more to further your career. While I think it’s important to be driven, it can be exhausting. It can be incredibly stressful to be an actor and it’s very easy to compare yourself to others and their successes. This holiday season, I encourage you to stop for a minute and take stock of all you accomplished. Continue reading Take stock of what you’ve done.