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Posted by admin, June 26, 2014 10:56 am

10 Ways to Get Out of Your Own Way:  #8 Give More Hugs & Smiles

Can giving more hugs and smiling more often really be a key factor in getting out of your own way and achieving success in life? You bet it can.

According to well-known psychotherapist Virginia Satir, "We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth."

Additionally, there have been several long-term studies conducted on the benefits of smiling and hugging. In each study the overwhelming results have concluded that smiling, and as little as a 10-second hug, can vastly improve your mental, emotional and physical health. And as we all know if you’re in poor health your chances are significantly reduced for succeeding, particularly in the world of acting.

The Reward of Hugs

Okay, so you’re not going to be hugging a casting director every time you go in for an audition, especially during flu season. But we’re not talking about hugs that are relegated to auditions or when you’re on set. Hug the people you’re around on a regular basis, be it your family, friends, peers and anyone else that might be open to a hug.

Back in the day, before acting and directing, I managed a cookie store. I would hug all my employees. One of them was Chinese and she would cringe when I hugged her. She told me it was not in her culture to hug. I would playfully hug her anyway. After I left that store and I came back for a visit, she ran up and hugged me, admitting how much she missed my hugs.

In a Huffington Post article, neurologist Shekar Raman, said, "A hug, pat on the back, and even a friendly handshake are processed by the reward center in the central nervous system, which is why they can have a powerful impact on the human psyche, making us feel happiness and joy. And it doesn't matter if you're the toucher or touchee. The more you connect with others, on even the smallest physical level, the happier you'll be."

How About a Smile?

Maybe hugging isn’t your thing, so what about smiling? Ever hear of the benefits of being a smile millionaire? Smile as if you are infinitely abundant with more than enough smiles to give out every single day.

One day I was really upset so I went for a walk. I’ll never forget being so miserable and someone walked by me with a big smile and said, “Good Morning.” All of a sudden my whole day changed. Whatever was bothering me began to wash away and I realized it wasn’t so bad.

Reduce Stress & Elevate Our Mood

Whether you’re giving and receiving hugs or smiles they both serve the same purpose. Given and received at the ideal moment someone needs them, hugging and smiling have proven to elicit biochemical and physiological reactions that significantly reduce stress and elevate our mood.

The better mood we’re in the more creative we are likely to be, which bodes well for actors to get into their zone. We all need to give and receive more hugs and smiles. So be sure to give a hug and smile and be open to receiving them in return.
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Image is from "The Family Circus" comic strip. Created by Bill Keane and currently written, inked, and colored by his son, Jeff Keane. www.familycircus.com.
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LIVE THE DREAM YOU WERE BORN TO!

Acting should be simple. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. If you’re an actor or you know someone who is, there is no better moment than now to make the intention to take full control of your acting career and live the dream you were born to.

Call 818-325-5752 or email me at Loren@IntentionalActing.com to interview and sign up for the next Intentional Acting class today.

In the meantime, to learn more about Intentional Acting and the 9 Questions that frame the work I do with actors of all ages visit www.intentionalacting.com/what-is-intentional-acting/.

 

 

Posted by admin, June 17, 2014 8:20 pm

10 Ways to Get Out of Your Own Way #7:   Ask For Help

At some point in our lives we all need someone who sees more in us than we have been willing to see in ourselves. But are you able to ask for the help you need to rise above the challenges and fears of succeeding?  You may think you’re ready to stand in the spotlight of fame, but first you have to be able to get the help you need when and where it matters most.

My job as an acting coach covers a vast playground of creativity, which includes helping bridge the gap between where actors are and where they want to be. This inevitably means overcoming the idea of feeling alone.

Like a lot of creative artists, I have often found myself lost in the neighborhood that lies between my own two ears. I’m a one-woman business – but the reality is that I don’t work alone and I haven’t built this business alone. I learned early on that no matter how strong-willed, determined, and resilient I may be, it is imperative that I partner with people. As a result, my business and career have grown beyond what I could have imagined!

Get a Mentor

I am very grateful to have accountability partners and mentors I can turn to when I need that extra push, a burst of inspiration or that bit of timely advice. I do not hesitate to reach out and ask for help.  Having mentors keeps me inspired and that, in turn, makes the impossible feel possible.

Where to Start

Find someone who is doing what you want to do and ask them questions. Then:  follow through on what you learn. Take your mentor’s suggestions to heart…then let your heart lead the way.  Ryan Seacrest built his empire by mentoring with one of the biggest names in television history and he is now the new, modern-day Dick Clark.

No matter what path you choose, you’ll still need to stop and ask for directions. The right mentor becomes a light showing you the possibilities along the way.

What are you doing right now as an actor to seek the help that will boost your career? If you’re not sure where to go, get into an acting class and start building your community with like-minded people. (I also highly recommend having a mastermind group and business career coach.)

So remember:

Stay connected.

Ask for help.

Follow through.

No one succeeds alone…so reach out!
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LIVE THE DREAM YOU WERE BORN TO!

Acting should be simple. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. If you’re an actor or you know someone who is, there is no better moment than now to make the intention to take full control of your acting career and live the dream you were born to.

Call 818-325-5752 or email me at Loren@IntentionalActing.com to interview and sign up for the next Intentional Acting class today.

In the meantime, to learn more about Intentional Acting and the 9 Questions that frame the work I do with actors of all ages, visit www.intentionalacting.com/what-is-intentional-acting/.

 

 

 

Posted by admin, June 12, 2014 4:59 pm

Congrats to COLE MASSIE (and his mom!) for booking role of Gabriel (and his mom!) the indie feature, “Chronic”! It’s directed by Michel Franco and stars Tim Roth!

Posted by admin, June 10, 2014 4:03 pm

~ 10 Ways to Get Out of Your Own Way ~

#6 Try Something New – Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

How often have you been inspired to do something new, only to find yourself grounded in the fear of stepping out of your comfort zone? Did you ever break free from that inner fear of emerging from the old to create the new?

French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature Andre Gide once wrote, “One cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” This can easily translate into the idea of getting out of your comfort zone.

As an acting coach, I see my job as one which challenges my actors to get out of what is familiar to them and to stretch past their own limits. My students who make the most progress are the ones that take the biggest risks. They are the ones who boldly do the things that take them the farthest out of their comfort zones.

If you aspire to be a successful, working actor and stepping out of your comfort zone scares you, do it anyway.  This is your career.  Your dream.  You owe it to yourself to release whatever fears you have of being a successful actor.

Don’t worry that you’re the only one who gets scared. You’re not alone. I once heard Oscar- winning actress Helen Hunt say that she took the roles that scared her the most because she knew that’s where she would grow and learn the most.

Are you ready to stretch past your limits? If so, this is your wake-up call to try something new.  If not now, when?  If not you, who?
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LIVE THE DREAM YOU WERE BORN TO!

Acting should be simple. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. If you’re an actor or you know someone who is, there is no better moment than now to make the intention to take full control of your acting career and live the dream you were born to.

Call 818-325-5752 or email me at Loren@IntentionalActing.com to interview and sign up for the next Intentional Acting class today.

In the meantime, to learn more about Intentional Acting and the 9 Questions that frame the work I do with actors of all ages visit www.intentionalacting.com/what-is-intentional-acting/.

 

Posted by admin, June 3, 2014 12:07 pm

~ 10 Ways to Get Out of Your Own Way ~

#5 Do Something: Work Begets Work

In the movie “Yes Man”,  Jim Carrey’s character changes his life by agreeing to say “yes” to any and all offers that come his way. I’m not suggesting you all of a sudden agree to anything someone suggests to you, but I’d like for you to consider how much your life would change for the better if you started saying “yes” more often.

A few years ago, I decided to say yes to everything that was offered to me.  It wasn’t long before amazing opportunities started showing up!  That’s because in this business, work begets work:  people in the industry want to know what you’re doing now and what you’re doing next. If you’re just sitting around and waiting for your big break to come, saying “no” more than “yes”, the energy surrounding you will become stagnant – and so too will your career opportunities.

With all the social media outlets and the ever-changing landscape of the entertainment business, actors at every level realize they have to create their own projects so they can work.  The history of our industry is overflowing with inspirational examples of actors who were unwilling to sit around and took action where no others dared to. And it’s actually easier today to create opportunities for yourself than ever before.

Look at Matthew McConaughey and Marc Wahlberg – they produce to keep themselves in the game. And they are by no means alone.  While it may have once been considered a luxury for actors to be that creatively proactive, nowadays it’s a necessity.

Want to know how to get out of your own way?  Stop sitting around waiting for a good project to come to you and do something. Remember: work begets work.

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LIVE THE DREAM YOU WERE BORN TO!

Acting should be simple.  But that doesn’t mean it’s easy.  If you’re an actor or you know someone who is, there is no better moment than now to make the intention to take full control of your acting career and live the dream you were born to.

Call 818-325-5752 or email me at Loren@IntentionalActing.com to interview and sign up for the next Intentional Acting class today.

In the meantime, to learn more about Intentional Acting and the 9 Questions that frame the work I do with actors of all ages, visit www.intentionalacting.com/what-is-intentional-acting/.

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