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Vulnerability

Brene Brown, a renown researcher and storyteller, has a number of videos on-line featuring her sharing your views on vulnerability.  On her TedTalk, she discusses how many American’s are numbing themselves from vulnerability with addicts as opposed to accepting that vulnerability is a blessing.  If you haven’t heard her speak, be sure to check out her website WWW.BRENEBROWN.COM.

“Why are you referring me to someone else’s website?” you may be wondering.

Well, sometimes in the midst of pursuing your dreams to be 1) a star or 2)a working actor – do you ever feel hardened?  Like you are “toughing out this business, and fighting for you piece of the pie.”

Society is constantly reminding artists “It’s tough out there.”  “You got to be a shark to make it.”  “You gotta be thick-skinned to survive all the rejection.”

And so on.

So I ask you – what effects do these types of “warnings/comments” have on you emotionally/physically/psychically?  If you can’t think of an answer off the top of your head – lay down on the ground for a moment.  Allow your whole body to relax.  Do a brief scan of your whole body – from head to toe, as you inhale and exhale – noticing your contact with the ground/noticing the parts of your body you are holding up from the ground as opposed to releasing into it.  Now – tighten your whole body – starting with your toes and making your way all the way up to the top of your head.  When you feel you need to – release the tension.  And breathe.  Deeply.  Notice how your body is contacting with the ground now.  Continue exploring tightening on your exhale, and releasing on your inhale until you feel comfortably released to the ground.

Now allow those “warnings/comments” to run through your mind.

Do you feel any change in your muscles?

Is there tension in your face?  Are you making a fist? Do you feel your whole mind/body primed to fight?

If this is your response – is it any wonder that you occassionally walk into an audition feeling less than “vulnerable”?

So, what’s the solution?

Change the language in your head.

Flip the switch and own that you are a talented artist.

Create positive affirmations that you can verbalize and/or think.

Declare you are serving your divine purpose.

Claim your right to abundance and a self-sustained in-flow of artistic opportunities.

Admit your feel uncertain that this opportunity is meant for you, and ask your Higher Power to help you recognize that it’s not your place to limit yourself with uncertainty, but more so you responsibility to be grateful for the opportunity.

Wrap yourself in a fluid, generous stream of joy and hope, and allow your Higher Power to do the rest.

Recognize that you are the only one who thinks you are unworthy of an opportunity.  The casting directors are simply longing for you to share your creativity fully, and inspire them with your vulnerability.

Shake off your “protective shield.”

Celebrate you ability to access authentic self-expression.

Even admit that you are feeling “nervous” and ask your Higher Power to use that nervousness to keep you joyfully in the open and “in the now”.

And as you replace the negative chatter in your mind, be sure to breathe, and allow your body to relax.  Envisioning your body giving into the pull of gravity can lead to a release of muscular tension.  If not, try tensing different parts of your body on the inhale, and relaxing/releasing on the exhale as you verbalize your affirmation(s).

For those of you who choose to try this strategy – “It takes practice.”

You know what I mean – you have to create the mind/body connections needed to activate your vulnerability by practicing on a regular basis – as you are walking down the street, waiting for the subway, watching television, trying to jaywalk across Broadway, etc.

Everyone is different.  So, there is no telling how long it will take for you to reap the benefits of this strategy.  But if you practice changing your mind and body, your spirit will soon follow – and will experience the joy and pleasure that drew you into the industry in the beginning of your career.

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