Posts tagged actors
The 5 Questions You Need to Ask to Improve Your Actor Life

Have you ever taken the time to really think about what your ideal life looks like?

My job as a coach is not to give you all the answers but to get the right answers out of you. Everyone has a voice inside that knows the truth. It knows what you want and it knows how you feel. Whenever you say, “I don’t know,” you’re just not listening. You know. Give yourself time and space to listen and trust what comes up.

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How Come I Haven’t Won an Oscar Yet?

I’d be willing to bet that you’ve had the thought (at least once or twice), “I should be further along in my acting career by now.”

 

It’s pretty normal for actors to have this thought. After all, most of us have gone out of our way to fulfill our life dreams. We leave our hometown to carve out a little space for ourselves in INSERT BIG CITY HERE much to the astonishment of our family members. Maybe they support us, if we’re lucky.

 

We took the big risks. We followed our dreams! And in life, doesn’t big risk yield big rewards? It worked for Tina Fey so it should work for me, too, right?


So when the day comes that you turn around and look at all the work behind you and then look at the road ahead of you and realize that there’s no discernable path that leads directly to an Oscar, you may hear yourself thinking it...

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Avoid Overwhelm from Big Goals

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” - Lao Tzu

 

Ever have that moment where you look at the road ahead of you and think, “How on earth am Iever going to get this done?”

As actors, we dream big [LINK: 2015 Year in Review]. We have to! If we didn’t have a strong vision of seeing ourselves on stage at the Oscars winning the golden statue, we might not have the fortitude to continue getting up early every day to brew coffee for cranky nine-to-fivers. It’s all in service to our grand vision.

The vision is fantastic – but sometimes when a dose of reality hits (say, you don’t get a part you want or auditions are slow), it can be really overwhelming.

If you’ve ever had thoughts like, “I can’t believe how much hard work this will take,” or even “This feels impossible,” then this blog post is for you!

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How to Get Things Done (Even When You Really Just Want to Watch Game of Thrones)

No matter what business you’re in, no matter what stage of life you’re in, there will inevitably be moments when you need to get something done that you just don’t want to do.  That’s exactly why I’m excited to share the concept of Activation Energy. I wish I could take credit for this incredible idea that changed my approach to business, acting and productivity...

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The Ultimate Prize

I recently re-discovered a brief, powerful clip from Inside the Actors Studio and I’ve watched it, oh, about 1,000 times.
 
In the clip, a young, struggling actor asks Kevin Spacey - a world-famous actor who has earned multiple Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, and Golden Globes - for some career advice.
 
The set up: being an actor is tough. It’s not easy to get noticed. You might audition for one hundred roles and get ninety-nine rejections before booking one small gig that pays almost nada. It’s rough out there.
 
The young actor asks:
 
“How can we appreciate the lean years, the difficult years, leading up to the ultimate prize?”
 
Kevin replies:

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10 ways to stop being a “starving artist.”

It never fails. I’m at a networking event, talking to an actor  and without hesitation they give me the excuse, “Well, I’m a starving artist.”

 I smile politely but I really just want to shake said actor by the shoulders and scream, “It doesn’t have to be this way!”

The term starving artist came from geniuses back in the day, like Van Gogh, who sacrificed everything and never sold a painting  in his lifetime.

However, even back then, other artists lived remarkably well, like Rembrandt, Dickens and Warhol.¹

So here’s why you should give up the “starving artist” belief:

  1. You are what you think you are. Beliefs effect your actions and your actions create your destiny. If you believe you are a “starving artist,” you will push money away. You’ll limit new revenue streams and find ways to lose money once you make it (accidents, tickets, bills, etc.)
  2. You are limiting your success. Success begets success...
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