June 16, 2012

Positive Affirmations

Disclaimer: Please excuse any typos/poor grammar. It's 2AM and I'm tired.

A few weeks ago, I mentioned in passing on one of my comment threads that I like to do positive affirmations in order keep myself feeling uplifted and inspired. Quite a few people were interested in hearing more about it so I've decided to share one of my little secrets with you all.

An affirmation is defined as 'a declaration of something that is true'. A simple phrase such as, "I am beautiful" or "I am talented" count as affirmations. The beauty of positive affirmations is that you get to decide what your truths are. As long as you believe it, it's the truth. This means that doing affirmations is a great way to help you believe something about yourself that you may not be confident about. If you don't think that you are talented, smart, deserving of success, etc. then doing affirmations can help strengthen your confidence. A quick google search pulled up the following quote that I find to be immensely helpful:

"A list of positive affirmations need to be crafted in such a way as to remove any room for negativity. They may evoke a negative response from your mind. If you find your inner voice saying something like 'yeah, right' or 'whatever', or 'I wish', you can be sure you've touched a nerve in your subconscious. This is a good thing. Ignore that voice or better yet tell it that it is wrong and you are going to affirm your positive statement regardless of any resistance. Acknowledge the resistance and continue affirming with your list of positive affirmations."

My affirmations are deeply personal and I don't feel comfortable sharing what they are, but I will include a list of some stock examples that you can use as a starting point. Start with a couple of basic affirmations and then start adding in more personal and complex affirmations. Try to focus on negative thoughts and feelings that have been hindering your professional progress, relationships, and health and turn those thoughts into something positive and uplifting.

Try to keep the affirmations on you at all times so that you can refer to them when need be. What I did was record myself saying my affirmations on my Voice Memos app on my iPhone. Then I transferred the files to my Mac and converted them to mp3 files. I then uploaded them to iTunes and added them to my music library. Now, I can privately listen to my affirmations anytime I want to. I have two separate sets of affirmations. The first is called "Love, Wealth, & Happiness" and the second is called "Fitness & Health". In each set, I recorded a series of affirmations that are related to the title's subject matter. 

I'm not going to lie, sometimes hearing myself say some of the things on my recordings makes me feel weird and insecure, but just like the quote states above, it's a good thing. Those themes are obviously points that I'm struggling with and I need to take the time to work through them. 

Anyway, I hope that this helps out some of you that need a little bit of a pick me up every now and then. Positive affirmations really do work and they can be used for anything that you want. If you decide to begin practicing positive affirmations, please leave a comment and tell me how it works out for you. 

AFFIRMATION EXAMPLES
  • I succeed with ease
  • All my attitudes are positive now
  • My confidence reigns in any business setting
  • I rejoice for the success and abundance of others
  • I attract, welcome and accept talented and successful people to my team
  • I have abundant faith in my ability to succeed
  • I accept responsibility for my mistakes as well as my successes 
  • I acknowledge financial mistakes, learn from them, choose the correct path, and move on
  • I visualize myself having abundant wealth - that’s who I am
  • I courageously sell my ideas
  • I enjoy my affluence and share it appropriately
  • I am passionate about doing what I need to in order to increase my fortune 
  • I deserve to have and enjoy prosperity and affluence in my life
  • My wealth is increasing more and more now
  • I feel good doing things that improve my bottom line

19 comments:

  1. These sound like such a great ideas! Something to listen to while waiting in an audition room. . . and to politely ignore other actors trying to "throw you off" as I've experienced. I will have to record some soon!!! I can't wait to read your post on the T. Shieber (spellcheck?) classes! As well as hear about your auditions and callbacks and bookings! They REALLY give me motivation.
    I'm 15 btw :)

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  2. also - are you planning on doing an updated reel with footage from SMASH on it? I haven't put a reel together yet...is it okay to put theatre stage performance footage and film footage together in a reel? how long should it be? etc. thanks :) :) :)

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  3. Greta: It's great for listening to in the audition room or on the way there. I have a couple of updates coming in a week or two and I will be working on a T. Schreiber post as well.

    As for SMASH, I don't actually have a reel. I post individual clips on Breakdown Services so that casting directors can look at clips that are more suited for the role that I'm being submitted for. I may get a reel eventually but I haven't needed one thus far.

    I would avoid putting theater work on a reel. Keep your reel short, no longer than 2 minutes. Always put your best work first because most CDs won't watch the entire thing.

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  4. Great posting! It is all about what you think about and what you beleive. As Oprah says, "You become what you believe"

    I hope to hear about the latest in your career, just like Greta above your blog is very motivating, everytime I am feeling down in my career I go to your blog and I feel much better and reminds me that you can do whatever you put your mind. I always look forward to new postings.

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  5. Thanks R! I'm always happy to hear that I can keep someone motivated in their pursuit of success!

    This has been a good month for me and I have a new update coming in a few days so stay posted.

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  6. Have you ever done vision boards, those are very helpful!

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  7. What a great post! I love it, I also got a question similar to above. I have a good dramatic reel that is only about 20 seconds, is that ok to submit to casting directors for? Especially for big jobs like Law and Order?

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  8. Kayle: I do have a vision board! I also took a photo of it and use it as a screen saver for my iPhone and iPad.

    Melo: It sounds like you just have one clip for right now, 20 seconds is very short. If that's all you have at the moment and it's high quality, it's fine to submit to casting directors.

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  9. What did you mean by individual clips?

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  10. Someone told me to join SAG when I know im ready, which was some consufing advice!!!
    How did you know when you were ready to start taking on SAG roles?

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  11. Def going to use these affirmations! Thanks for this posting. My challenge has been getting a job to support my acting career, I coulndt be a waiter im too clutzy lol.
    Keep posting because your blog is phenomenol!!!

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  12. Melo: On ActorsAccess/Breakdowns Express, you have the option of posting one entire reel, or posting each scene individually. I've chosen to upload my scenes individually. That way, when my agents submit me for a project, they can attach the scenes that best reflect the character I'm being submitted for. Casting Directors don't have time to watch the entire reel of every actor submitted for a project.

    Cena: I knew I was ready for SAG when I signed with my manager and started getting seen for union roles.

    Kevin: Thank you so much and good luck with your job hunt!

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  13. Melo: Just to clarify, you said that your reel is 20 seconds long. I assumed that you only had one good clip because it would be impossible to have multiple, high quality scenes in just 20 seconds.

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  14. Have you done any workshops? Are they worth it?

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  15. Ella: No, I've never done workshops but whether or not they are worth it seems to petty subjective amongst actors. Personally, I'm not a fan of the concept and I think that your money could be better spent taking actual classes with well known casting directors. If you're curious about trying them, just take one and decide if you think they are right for you.

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  16. What are some helpful websites you have found for actors? I see soo many but not sure which was helful and which arent.

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  17. They say when you get a job in the office, come early and elave late and let everyone dpend on you and that is when you get promotions etc. What would be the equivalent of that when acting on set?

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  18. Kamo: I don't really visit many websites for actors. I do like reading the Backstage Message Board, but not because I find it helpful. The people on there are crazy and tremendously entertaining, lol. Otherwise, backstage.com has some great columns and articles to help an actors career and creativity.

    I also love Deadline Hollywood (deadline.com), it's an excellent trades blog that does minute by minute updates on all aspects of the entertainment industry. It's a great place to find out what's going into production, who's being cast, how films are faring in the box office and festivals, which studio executives are being fired, etc.

    Leo: While I can appreciate the sentiments of your office reference, I'm not sure if that should be every actor's goal. I mean, I guess it could apply....I don't know. Of course you need to be on time when you report to the set, but the most important thing is to be fun, positive, and have a good attitude. There's always so much going on and you will see many people who are under tremendous stress during the day. You want to be someone that both the producers and crew like having around. And of course, make sure you know your shit (i.e. have your lines memorized) but prepare to learn and adapt any last minute changes.

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  19. Thanks for sharing your experiences and I also agree that positive affirmations can do so many things, even the impossible ones.

    Mary of how to be happy

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