I take pride in this podcast that I just let you see me for who I am, a flawed human being.
Cause that's what artists and characters are.
I try to use these little mistakes I make as teaching tools on how to be kinder to ourselves.
"I confess that I had a burning desire to be excellent but no faith that I could be. Martha said to me very quietly, there is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action.
And because there is only you. And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly to keep the channel open.
You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges...
Yeah. Shit, we don't have one strike going on. We now got two.
So, what are we going to do about it? Well, I think the first thing I'm just going to do is I'm just going to share with you my feelings about it.
I do think this strike is necessary. AI is terrifying for the actor, and I am so proud and honored to be a part of a union that recognizes that.
Having your image so that a company just can use it, however they want to use it is just unacceptable.
I don't think it's worth it.
So what do we do now?
The three pillars are the three things that I really think you want to focus on.
Two of them in particular right now.
One, you're acting training. This is not the time to slide.
This is the time to ensure you are still going to the gym.
This is the time to work out your actor body.
I have the Acting Business Bootcamp Strike Challenge that I gave all of my Weekly Accountability Group actors.
It's a monologue workout to keep you going as an actor.
I'm asking for you...
I'm just going to talk about scarcity.
What is scarcity thinking?
It's not enough. There's not enough.
There isn't enough work out there.
There isn't any work out there.
Jealousy is a type of scarcity thinking because it is not acknowledging that there is enough for everyone.
And this kind of thinking as an actor really only hurts you.
The phrase is, you take the poison and wait for somebody else to die.
And, you know, it's the same thing with scarcity thinking.
First of all, it's not true. Scarcity thinking is based in your ego thought. It's not based in universal thought. And I always talk about kind of like turning your internal dial to universe as opposed to ego.
The thing about me and my ego is that I know my ego.
Even though you think by the word ego, it would want everything good for me. I have learned over many years of studying this work and practicing it that it's...
Today we are going to talk about celebrating.
"Take time to celebrate."
Now the funny thing is that I rarely take time to celebrate, and I need to keep doing it more and more and more because it is in the times of celebration, and it's in our resting times that we are getting prepared to do and accomplish more.
But it's so important to reward ourselves. It's one of the things I talk about in time management to reward ourselves for all our hard work.
"Celebrate your successes, your growth, your accomplishments. Celebrate you. And who you are because through celebration, we are truly loving the self. We are truly celebrating who we are."
And isn't that what we are putting out to the business? We want to put out, "Hey, I've got this great product. It's me!"
I mean, isn't that what it's all about? It's show business. Let me show you me.
It's important to have joy.
"For too long, we have been too hard on ourselves. Others have spilled negative...
Okay, now what? We graduated, and there's a fucking writer's strike, and a pending actors strike. Wait, this is not what I showed up for.
I've been a member of SAG AFTRA for over 30 years and a working actress for over 30 years.
And let me tell you something, I've been through a lot of strikes, and you know what the greatest thing about them is? They end.
There is a lot you can do right now, and that's getting ready.
The number one thing I recommend to actors getting out of drama school is learning "the Language of the Agents and the Casting Directors."
If you think you learned it in drama school, I am here to tell you that, no, you did not. Chances are that you did not learn what the industry was like from the agents and the casting director's points of view.
Some of the things to know, though, is that yes, you are the newbies on the block, and you are fresh meat. Everybody's all excited about you, but this is the thing you need to know is there...
Letting the Past Hold You Back.
"Many people come to me and say they cannot enjoy today because of something that happened in the past.
Because they did not do something or do it in a certain way in the past, they cannot live a full life today. Because they no longer have something they had in the past they cannot enjoy today. Because they were hurt in the past, they will not accept love now. Because something unpleasant happened when they did something once, they are sure it will happen again today. Because they once did something that they are sorry for, they are sure there are bad people around them forever. Because once someone did something to them, it is now all that other person's fault their life is not where they want it to be today. Because they became angry over a situation in the past, they will hold on to that self, self-righteousness. Because of some very old experience where they were treated badly, they will never forgive and forget."
Wendy Allnutt trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She held the post of Head of Movement at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for 25 years and is a founder member of L'Oltrarno, Acting School in Florence. Other teaching credits include Colorado College USA, Conservatoire Stratford Ontario, Canada, Penn State summer schools, Laboratorio Internationale Teatro Degli Astrussi in Montalcino/St Mineato, l'Accademia SilviovD'Amico, Rome, LAMDA, Colby London Programme, BESG, and BADA.
Movement Director: Sky TV's Fungus the Bogeyman (2016), BBC's Walking with Cavemen, and The Iceman Murderer. Wendy has been the Master of Movement at Shakespeare's Globe 1st season and recently Henry V1 parts 1, 2, and 3. Revival choreographer for Welsh National Opera's Magic Flute (Out of Joint / RNT) She Stoops to Conquer and A Laughing Matter, Romeo, and Juliet & Private Lives (Mercury) Brothers Karamazov, Maybe and Private...
"It is important to identify what we want and what we need, but where does this concept leave us? Well, generally, what it leaves us with is a large but clearly identified package of currently unmet wants and needs, but we've taken the risk to stop denying and to start accepting what we want and need.
But the problem is now that the want or the need hangs there unmet. This can be frustrating. Painful, annoying, and sometimes obsession producing."
After identifying our needs, there is a next step in getting our wants and needs met. The next step is letting go of our wants and needs after we have painstakingly identified what they are and the steps to achieve them.
We let go. We give them up on a mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical level. It's not always easy to get to this place, but this is usually where we need to go."
I'm not talking here about giving up as an actor and giving up your dream.
Keeping at it as an actor.
For me, that means continuing to practice healthy habits as an actor, meaning a devotion to training, business skills, to core work, which is the work on yourself.
We need to work on these things with diligence, effort, and repeated practice.
But every time we go just a little bit out of our comfort zone, that's where we get stronger, and that's where our new boundaries end.
We can practice our acting training, do business skills, and work on ourselves even when we don't quote-unquote feel like it.
And again, I would say especially then, because if we don't feel we are worth it and we do it anyway, we are acting our way into right thinking and sending a very powerful message to not only to ourselves, but to the universe as well.
We can act as if it is worth it. We can act as if we are worth it, but we need to do it and do it, and do it, and do it, and do it day after day, year after year.
It's unreasonable to expect this a...
Today I'm going to talk about making it happen or if you're me forcing it to happen.
"Stop trying so hard to make it happen.
Stop doing so much. If doing so much is wearing you out or not achieving the desired results, stop thinking so much and so hard about it.
Stop worrying so much about it. Stop trying to force, manipulate, coerce, or make it happen."
Now around an acting career, it feels like so much is out of our control, so I get it. The actor mentality is, well, I'm going to make it happen. But again, it's out of our control.
"Stop doing so much if doing so much is wearing you out or not achieving the desired results."
Recording a podcast, I need number eight, nine, and ten energy, and I was operating at four, so it wasn't working.
Also, there's obsession. Oh, obsession. You know, one of the things that I used to suffer terribly from was that my thinking was unbearable because I would just obsess about wanting to be a working actor or a...