Lately, as it has been so cold, I haven't been able to run outside like I usually do when the weather is nicer. So I have been getting up and putting on TED talks. Something that I can have playing in the background while I get ready. My thinking being that "it's getting in there." Whether I actually process it consciously or unconsciously - my brain is receiving the input and using the information. So why not start my day with healthy doses of life. I am including three links to videos that I have been listening to.
I am also including a picture of my Vision Board. What is a Vision Board? I will let you define/research that one for yourself. But I see it as my compass. It's where I want to go. It allows me to dream big. As I pull these fantastic images all together I get this feeling of happiness. Of Hope! Of surprise! Where is my life going! I am so excited to see where we are heading!
I take some magazines that I bought. Usually movie related issues. Throw in some Dwell or a science magazine. Then I spend an hour cutting our images and words. Things that make me happy. People I want to be. Clothes that look fantastic. Anything that will bring joy when I look at.
One day after creating the below Vision Board - my life basically got flipped upside down. I was yanked out of my comfort zones. The universe rearranging my life to start aligning with my vision board.
Please surround yourself with reminders of your greatness! Because you ARE!!
I can't say enough about this talk by Brene Brown. It's a game changer. And as actors we want to look at how we are operating. Both on stage and even most importantly off stage. Having the courage to show up to auditions. Having the courage to make those phone calls. Having the courage to fail. Having the courage to love and be hurt. This is what truly makes us great. The more opportunities we can have to make ourselves vulnerable - the stronger we will become as actors.
And I am simply restating what she talks about:
The old myth has to be shattered that Vulnerability is weakness. Because the truth is Vulnerability is strength.
Our Body Language!
As actors we think we are in control of our bodies and how we present ourselves to the world when we are on stage or in front of the camera. But what about the audition room? What are we telling our bodies before we go in? And I am not talking about the posturing that happens out there. Amy Cuddy talks about job interviews - and isn't that what an audition is - so if we apply her findings to our actor lives - what will be discover? I don't know about you - but I want to walk in feeling confident. i want to bring my full self. Am I doing that? What is something so simple that I only need to do it for 2 minutes before I show up? (Fake it til you Make it!!)
Tracey Letts gives an incredible talk on creativity. This has really helped me in my approach to writing and just being creative. I started to look at what I was surrounding myself with. How was i checking out? I began to let myself daydream more and more. Letting ideas in. And not judging them. Somewhat revolutionary for me.
Tracey Lett's Talk during Chicago Idea Week
I will leave you with this:
I love you. I love that you have the courage to be you. I love what you are doing right now with your life. You are exactly where you need to be in this very moment. You are on your path and it is so beautiful to watch from this point of view. i won't stop loving you. You can't make me. I love you unconditionally. I believe in you. I believe in your potential. But most of all: I love you!
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