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ACTORS: WHY NOT YOU?

I’ve coached actors for some time now and one of the most important things for me to know is how they feel about themselves? I find myself asking: What’s the first thing that goes through your mind when you wake up in the morning and when you go to bed at night? After hearing, “Ughhh…I’m tired!” for the majority, here are some of the answers I got:

I’M NERVOUS ABOUT MY AUDITION TODAY….

SHOULD I STILL PURSUE AN ACTING CAREER?…

DO I REALLY HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?…

AM I REALLY GOOD ENOUGH TO DO THIS?…

WILL I EVER SUCCEED IN MY GOALS AS AN ACTOR?…

These are some pretty heavy answers to think about. But I’ve found out why actors feel this way more often times than not. ACTORS THINK THAT SOMETHING OUTSIDE THEMSELVES IS GOING TO MAKE THEM HAPPY AND FULFILLED. Now, not to sound like a law of attraction guru, but I probably will, I want to give you an example. This will undoubtedly transform your life and career if you’re unaware of it.

EXAMPLE: The Universe works infallably on laws. Laws that cannot be avoided by anyone or anything. I’d like to introduce to you a law inside the law of attraction. It’s called the LAW OF THOUGHT. The law of thought states that whatever your dominant thought is will be your primary experience. So for instance, if you wake up each day wanting to book that role, wanting to get that agent, each and everyday you will continue to get wanting. THE STATE OF WANTING CAN BRING YOU NOTHING BUT…YEP, WANTING!

So as actors, we need to get away from that. We should move into the space of WHOLENESS. This means whenever we wake up in the morning, we are happy and have everything we need. We express immense gratitude and take joy in every moment. Guess what happens when you do this everyday? Yep, you receive all types of energies to be happy, joyful and grateful about. It continues to perpetuate itself as long as you hold onto that thought of wholeness.

Truth of the matter is, you are a superstar even if you never book another role again. You are validated because you were born. Nothing outside of you makes you great, only what’s inside of you determines that. So this leads me to the most important question you must ask yourself everyday as an actor: WHY NOT ME? Own it! Own it every chance you get and know that as long as you can move from a place of expansive creative expression, the entertainment industry or any other industry sits at your feet.

Here’s a bit of wisdom that will clarify things further. WE ONLY GET WHAT WE DESIRE WHEN WE REACH AN INNER PLACE THAT DOESN’T NEED THAT DESIRE TO JUSTIFY HOW WONDERFUL WE ARE. So what does this mean for you? Know without a shadow of a doubt you belong in the movies, you belong on the television, you belong on Hulu, Netflix, Amazon etc. It’s your soul purpose to unfold it and realize it, as opposed to strive to accomplish it. Striving is the same energy of wanting. Let’s lovingly move away from that and choose BEING!

Everyday you’re going to say, “I’M GOING TO BE THE GREATEST ACTOR TODAY THAT MY INSTRUMENT ALLOWS, AND I WILL BE GRATEFUL FOR WHATEVER COMES BECAUSE OF THAT.” And when you couple this affirmation with the dominant thought of “WHY NOT ME?” Mark my words, you will be unstoppable!

Cheers,

Shaun Grant

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