Last Friday was the official launch of Anthony Meindl's newest book- Book The F***ing Job
Everyone went out to celebrate not only his success, but his birthday. I was so amazed with how many students turned up and literally packed the house. But, it also had me in awe and with chills. Tony has touched SO MANY LIVES and he truly leads with his heart. Corey and I had this instant connection & respect for him when we took an intensive in New York City many years ago. We loved how he taught, we loved his enthusiasm and passion for this art and for the actor, and we knew we would have to be a part of his studio( this was before the school was open in NYC)
He seriously just embraces everything I inspire and am motivated for the world to be. So, yes! Of course we are all going to come out to celebrate this guy. He is changing lives, he is getting us to just be in the moment and find out we are already artists.
I can go on and on and I probably wouldn't mind to do so, but I can not say enough about this guy, his studio and his method of teaching actors. I have truly grown as an artist, but also as a person. I have found a passion to help to want to inspire others by living their best life and to not judge, but BE WHO THEY ARE. This studio has changed my life.
Definitely check out his blog for even if you are not an actor, I really feel you can connect with him as I did, but also can use it for every day life.
Lastly, I am super excited to have my hands on this book and I encourage all actors to invest in this! You can find it by clicking on the image below
I LOVE MY #AMAWFamily
I can't believe how quickly we are already through the first month of the year.
I have been a busy bee and keeping my focus on doing the important things that will continue moving me forward.
I am happy to say that I am staying on top of my planner,(I am so wanting to dominate this organization thing!) and it has been really helpful.
I also decided to go back into a book- EAT THAT FROG from Brian Tracy. It seriously helps you prioritize what is important and do the things you need to do FIRST that will continue you toward progressing to your goals, and stop procrastinating. So if you struggle, I definitely recommend taking a look at it!
Now onto the POWER OF BEING YOU! For the longest time, I had struggled with knowing who I am, or just being comfortable enough in public to be who I am & not trying to be what I thought others wanted me to be. So, of course, I became confused, even more uncomfortable and never enjoyed being out.
This even was showing up in my work in class at AMAW. I wanted to "work", I wanted to "impress" and throw away the uniqueness that is me. For we are our biggest critics, sure, but we are also so special and unique. No one can be you but you.... and we need to learn to embrace that. That is where our power and strength lies, and ultimately, being you is going to help open up many doors vs being someone you are not.
I am now discovering that I have to embrace that I am a little ball of energy, I can speak a mile a minute and that I am that cutesy girl next door with a comedic edge. I have been fighting against this for so long, and avoiding doing anything that resembled it for I found it a weakness.
But, thankfully so much to my teacher, Nina Paul Rausch, she just opened up and broke down so many walls within these last few weeks and the light bulb went off.
I leaned in towards that fear of I speak too fast when I get excited or passionate, I do have so much energy and afraid to let it fire and move around and just embraced it.....and happy to say that I went to a workshop recently and sat down with an agent....
I let ME be completely in the room- I was ME in the character, I wasn't pretending to be a character, but BEING ME and being that role to life from MY perspective and I enjoyed every second of it. I didn't feel in the "hot seat" so to speak... I let my instincts fire, let my ball of energy do what it needed and if I got passionate about something, I didn't limit how fast I spoke.
And guess what? For the first time, I got an AMAZING compliment from this agent from doing just that. I wont' go into too many details but seriously was amazing...for I stopped holding back WHO I AM, Let my inner self shine and he got it. He got to see who I am, what I can offer and I had amazing feedback.
So, don't filter yourself, don't hold back. Do not give in to the fear of being YOU. You are so unique, so powerful and once you surrender into that--again, so many doors will open and you will be around the people that you are meant to be with!!
NEVER FORGET THAT!
Oh I can not even begin to describe my excitement to have been able to go back to the first class of 2016 at Anthony Meindl Actor Workshop. This studio, the students, the teachers, give me inspiration, motivation, and a judge-free creative space to better my craft.
This is going to be an exciting year. We were a smaller class at the end of 2015, but now we are completely full again, 20, and some brand new faces and talent.
The class is 4 hours long, and sometimes goes longer, especially with a bigger class, but I do not mind. I get to be inspired from all the scenes and see how creative these amazing actors are.
Also, I am starting out the year with a bang. I am very happy to be able to work on this month, "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot" in which I get to portray the role of Satan.
This is funny, yet still challenging scene,and I enjoyed working with my scene partner, who has been with me since intro, and we are just now getting the chance to work with one another.
I wanted to do this for I wanted to do something fun to start the year, nothing too dark, but something also in which makes me stand in a powerful role, and own my strength in stillness & not having to work too hard to be able to get my message across.
I guess my size, I have felt that I needed to really "work" to intimidate, power over, etc, but I'm learning, nope...little is better!
So yes, I love this place, I love the people and I am going to keep surrounding myself in a positive environment and inspiring people to keep me reaching my goals.....
No picture this go around which is crazy, for my husband has been designated class picture taker, but I guess the excitement of being back, had us all too in the moment to bring out our phones!
I can't believe we are already in 2016.
2015 definitely has been a year to remember. Making some great new friends, challenging myself in different ways by getting involved with improv, finding a calling to help others feel inspired and motivated to live happier, healthier lives, and the list can go on and on.
I had such a great time back east( luckily it stayed above average temperatures when we were there!) spending quality time with family. I didn't get to see everybody I would have liked, but so happy to be blessed enough to make it back to see any one at all.
It was also a hard one for me for this was the first Christmas going home and my grandmother was not there. It was tradition to always go and visit her and crack jokes, tell stories and just be in her presence. But, this year, I only got to visit her in spirit. She was the best grandmother I could have ever asked for and I know she is happy where she is, reunited with my grandfather, and staying close by as I continue to pursue my dreams
Yes, bittersweet and sad but she is always with me and not a day goes by I don't think of her and my grandfather
Being in West Virginia felt so great to be back, and yet, it felt so small. Nothing seemed to changed except how BIG my niece and nephews were getting! These faces seriously make me smile and warm my heart. I love them so much and am very blessed to be their aunt. It was definitely hard to say goodbye to these 3!
After spending a week in West Virginia, it was time to head out to see Corey's side of the family in New Jersey. We got to see family we have not seen in a year as well as see some of our friends. I feel like I could seriously just post picture after picture for we did SO Much, but I do not want this blog to be an extremely long one( those that know me, know I tend to keep going & going when I get inspired!!)
I will say this, being away and with family was VERY MUCH NEEDED, but now that we are back, it is time to get serious and get to work!
I did happen to make a New Year's Resolution-- it is not about getting healthier- for I am in a pretty great habit now and that would not challenge me
This year, I am challenging myself to be more organized and prepped with my schedule so I am productive and not just "busy". I will admit, I am a horrible organizer & all over the place, but I got my planner and I intend to keep track of everything that I have scheduled, set hours for my work and make it a way of habit.
I am ready to keep going out of my comfort zone and go after what I want with my life. We can live your purpose, but we have to be ready and willing to do the things we need to do to achieve them---that is where the organization comes in. Have a goal, write them down, and make an action plan in how you will get there.
I will be lying if I said I got this- but I am scared. It is out of my comfort zone- not knowing what lies ahead, but I am going to give it my all, go after my dreams and make this the best year yet!
This month is full of sending out ships to target agencies I would like to work with, casting directing workshops, and back to improv and Anthony Meindl's Actor's Workshop
Don't let your fear of the unknown stop you from living your purpose. It won't be easy, we will have bumps and bruises along the way, but how great will it feel when you accomplish it?
Here's to an AMAZING 2016 and I can't wait to see what lies ahead!
Changing the World-- One Dream at A Time