Let’s face it.
The life of an actor, or any artist for that matter, is no cakewalk.
There are seasons of tremendous accomplishment and then there are seasons of utter drought and despair.
The ups and downs of our beloved art-form/industry are unfortunately realities that come with the territory.
The average person walks on a somewhat level playing field having a general idea of where the next step is going to bring him or her while the artist daringly chooses to ride some pretty bumpy waves with the heartfelt hope to get him or her to the beautifully unpredictable destination of his or her dreams.
As riding any wave or wild horse, it is very easy to be thrown off course with chaos/instability and then want to just give it all up for the pool in the backyard or the easy ride on the merry go round.
But after everything you have been through…after all that hard work and perseverance…after all that hope and faith…after all that sacrifice and investment…is it worth trashing everything for something that may be perceived as easier?
Let me tell you this…anything that that does not align with your soul’s purpose and your heart’s greatest desire will never be easier.
There will always be a price to pay when it comes to giving up something of love.
And you can take that to the bank!
So if times are tough and you are seriously contemplating throwing in the towel, take a minute, catch your breath, and give yourself the opportunity to RE-mind yourself of these ten important facts:
1. The love of the art form.
The love you have for this art form, no matter how trying the circumstances may be, is a tremendous gift.
If you have forgotten how much you love it, RE-mind yourself why your heart hungered for this way of creating in the first place.
Re-member that it is that subtle soul center within you that yearns to reveal your true essence to the world through this chosen creative process.
2. Your support system believes in you.
Very often the journey of an artist can feel isolating and lonely.
Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in temporary disappointments and forget that you are deeply and unconditionally loved by whatever support system you have chosen in your life.
Those loved ones want you to fulfill your dreams and desires just as much as you do.
They may not know nor understand the ups and downs of this industry and the ins and outs of how the process works, but the yearning for your success is there just the same.
3. Look how far you have come.
The fact that you continue to stretch your limits and openly reveal yourself is a testament to your inner strength, creativity, and light as a true artist.
Do not take for granted the fearlessness that this art form demands.
It is not for the faint of heart. The artist continues to persevere where many may have crumbled.
4. It is your heart’s intention.
Your very desire to live your highest purpose as a artist has been the seed that has already been planted in the rich soil of the universe.
Now is the time to nurture that intention and witness yourself achieve that which you wholeheartedly crave to experience.
The song “What A Difference A Day Makes” contains the ultimate truth.
Life is always in flux.
Anything and everything changes moment to moment.
Knowing this, why would it not flow in your favor?
It is beautifully surprising by what a change in perspective can do for your reality.
Each day is a chance for alchemy.
You must continue to feed that which you desire and hold it in your consciousness as much as possible.
It is as simple as doing something each day that feeds you as an artist.
Even if it is the tiniest little thing, do it!
The greatest painting in the world started with a single stroke of the brush.
6. Hope, hunger, and drive.
The hope, hunger, and drive you have within your heart can move mountains.
Do not underestimate this energy.
Never take for granted how powerful it is at sustaining your artistic journey in order to achieve your lifetime’s purpose.
These qualities are the recipe for dream realization.
7. The “im-possible” is possible.
The notion that dreams can be realized only by “other” people has no value or truth to it.
This is a structured conditioning that needs to be broken and RE-minded in your repertoire of thoughts.
You are the creator of your experience.
Though your journey is not about proving others wrong, it is however, about affirming to yourself that you truly are a powerful being and can achieve any dream you desire to fulfill.
No one should be imprisoned by thoughts of impossibilty.
8. You are necessary.
You are here to share, expand, and grow.
You literally affect everything in this universe.
Your life as an artist is so important to the transformation of our world’s consciousness.
You and your art are the conduit of change.
It may seem minuscule to you, but one life can change an entire planet.
Look at the impact from amazing souls like Martin Luther King, Albert Einstein, Mother Theresa, Steve Jobs, Stephen Harking, Gandhi, Sarah Bernhardt, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, Martin Scorsese, Anna Magnani, Robin Williams, Meryl Streep, Mozart, Maria Callas, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali,….and on and on.
Each and every one of these people were “normal” people that never gave up on their dreams and first handily made an extraordinarily powerful impact that contributed greatly to transformation of our world.
9. You are an inspiration.
You have no idea how the accumulation of your life experiences revealed through your work can touch so many lives.
You have the capability to enliven all of the previous reasons to fulfill your dreams in another person.
Your life and its story may be the very thing that inspires someone else to go after their own dreams.
You are the RE- minder that the impossible is possible, that their presence is necessary and important, and that they are a small yet big and powerful part of something so inexplicably infinite.
10. There is only one you.
Everyday if you are able to RE-mind yourself that there is only one you and the mold has been broken, you would not be so keen on struggling to be something you are not.
In fact, if you really endow this truth, you would begin to see that all those things that you may have labeled as imperfections are the very thing that make you perfect.
Your star quality is your willingness to reveal the human condition courageously, fully, and freely using your accumulation of life experiences.
It is so beautifully messy.
It is all your imperfections that make you so perfectly human.
You are the instrument to story.
You are the conduit to giving the story Life.
This is the beauty of being an actor.
This is the impact of being an artist.
Bring all of this to your Life and work.
Bring YOU to your work.
The world deserves and loves seeing YOU!