This poem has been floating around the internet for good reason. Another quote is “Compare and despair.” -PPR
Comparing yourself to another is the easiest way to go insane, yet we all do it. I love when the universe sends a gentle reminder to remain calm and go with the flow.
So after waking up and having an amazing day, compared to the yesterday of crappiness… I realize that I need to change my perspective on auditioning. Despite being an actress, and despite having solid interview, presentation and public speaking skills, there have been numerous times where I have fell flat in the audition room. (Not as bad as yesterday’s incident though.)
Before, I used to think I needed more training, (which I always will) but I really just need more confidence and a change in perspective on auditions.
In the corporate world, I can interview my pants off for any marketing role I desire. I walk into every interview extremely confident in my expertise, knowing exactly what value I bring to any company, what I’m worth, and I view every interview as a mutual evaluation. So why the hell would my approach to auditions be any different? And why haven’t I connected the two sooner?! I’m baffled at why I haven’t transferred these skills over, until now.
From this day forward, I am viewing each audition as a simple meet-and-greet. The part is already mine, and qualification is not a question, they just need to see me. The only thing left is a merely a matter of is this the right fit? and do I want to collaborate with this particular production/project?
Boom. New perspective.
I already feel empowered.
Today was 10x better than yesterday’s bad day fluke.
Weather was amazing. Hair salon was speedy and efficient. Iced chai latte was on point. Chicken sandwich with fries from a random cafe was surprisingly delicious. Photoshoot was poppin. Call with my manager was extremely pleasant. Test read for film pilot was promising. Cast was hilarious. Full moon was BEAUTIFUL. And bonus — good news came knockin. I booked another role for one of those murder mystery minidoc TV shows. The pay is horrendous, but hey, I’m not complaining. It’s an extra IMDb credit and more footage for the reel.
My takeaways from the audiobook:
Your life purpose is whatever you choose it to be, and you can change it whenever and however many times as you want.
Every action you take has a consequence and it affects the person you choose to be. There is no such thing as an isolated occurrence. If you choose to snooze your alarm, take the easy route, wait to go to the gym or act on your dream project tomorrow, it all has a major affect on the person you choose to be. This impact can be positive or negative and is completely up to you. Choose wisely.
My latest audiotreat is Miracle Morning, by Hal Erod. It took a while (about 5 chapters of fluff to be exact) for the book to warm up, and the narrator’s delivery is beyond cheesy, but now it’s gotten to the good part. I’ll be sure to share my takeaways later in another journal entry.
However, I do want to share an important takeaway from the book right now– the concept of choosing your purpose. In the book, Erod makes a great point: too many people are waiting to discover their life’s purpose, when in reality they get to decide what it is. What’s even better, he says, is that your life purpose can be whatever you choose it to be, and you can change it whenever and however many times you want. How cool is that!
If you’re looking to choose your purpose in life, here are additional tips (from me!) on how to get the most out of the exercise:
- Try to keep it as simple as possible, you’ll get straight to the point and it’ll be easier to remember.
- Meditate on your strongest skills and your sources of joy. Do you notice any themes? What do they all have in common?
- When choosing a purpose there is no right or wrong. Just make sure you stay true to you. I.e. a dancer might decide their purpose is to “push the limitations of the human body” or “spread joy and love through dance”
Here’s what I chose this morning:
My purpose is to empower others through the art of storytelling.
If I had a million bulletpoints the subtext would say:
- by sharing lessons learned along the way
- with joy, laughter and positive energy
- To help them live their best life (one of my versions had this in there at first, but I cut it down)
- MAN,WTF! stands for music, acting, (k)nowledge, technology, writing, film, and anything goes! =) I might take it out later, but the acronym made me laugh so much, I just had to keep it for now.
So there you have it:
Empower others through the art of storytelling.
Haha it gets me every time. I’m already imagining when I share this during my appearance on Ellen *smirk emoji*
Met another extremely talented photographer over the weekend, who has also been bit by the music bug. Looks promising for a fantastic collaboration. =)
McMaybe is now McDreamy again. Date night #2 is on for tonight.
Celebrated vday by making a beat in the studio. Official beat lesson #2.
Ableton makes a great valentine.
“You can still make some amazing stuff even if it’s imperfect.”
“The bigger the dream, the more important the team.”
What’s in an artist name? Catchy, unique, personal, made up?