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DreamingOutLoud coaching is most effective when you have a concrete goal in mind and you actually plan on reaching it which is completely unlike the process of acting school.
Acting school is more like learning how to feel good about learning how to act. No where in the acting school process is there a concrete step-by-step business plan to get it done, there's lots of conversation about "luck" and "talent" but no plan for the business or how you will survive as an artist until you can make a full time living from it.
The notion that luck is the only guarantee is total rubbish and will leave you feeling
and unable to book work
or finish writing your script
or audition well
or anything else that's critical to becoming a full time working actor doing work you love while making a decent living.
Where are you now?
Let's look at what you really want.
How about setting aside your fear for a moment
and let's FOCUS on what you NEED to DO
to GET what you WANT.
What do you want?
Write that down, in detail.
I want to be a series regular on a primetime episodic where I play ___insert the kind of work you want to do, the role, the journey your character takes, their secret fears, their major emotional chords. DreamOutLoud about a character that you could slay right now.
In a perfect world, what would that look like. Let's envision that, think about writers you love, tv shows you love, actors you love, characters you love.
Got that picture?
Now, what do you need to learn to get there?
Make a list 1-20.
These are just a few examples, but what they all have in common is that
they are all things you can
DO something about right NOW...
You can take a step towards one of these things right now...today...
What's completely within your power to do?
Choose something that you've not done yet.
That's the key, you feel stuck because you're doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. Let's try something new:
What can you do FOR 10 MINS EACH DAY to get you closer to your goal?
Never mind you're afraid,
I'm not going to try to tackle your
fear or feelings of not being enuf.
LET ME WORRY ABOUT YOUR
FEAR...JUST DO THE EXERCISE.
Trust the process of doing something each day...
write out that plan...
acting in your own behalf
in concrete ways is how
you get more confident.
You know why?
Because the exercises, I'm giving you, if you do them, will prove to you that,
not only do you have enough money, time, talent, power to do all these
things, but you're really good at them as long as you keep plugging away
and doing a little at a time.
When you reframe it that way, how does that change your vision?
Does it make things seem possible?
If it does, do something about that today. Invest in yourself.
Give yourself a challenge to complete an online course or send a coach a downpayment on a training program that will get you ready for pilot season.
If you're afraid, you won't follow through on your 10mins a day, then focus on hiring someone who will drag you across the finish line to your goals ...that way, the pressure to push yourself or build your confidence lies in someone else's hands...in the plan they create for you.
Finishing the plan..meeting the goal will build your confidence, you don't have to feel confident or worthy of the goal right now....we can work on that later, doing small things towards your goal is what gets you there.
I wanted to go to Belize and stay at the Francis Ford Coppola Resorts which are hell of expensive. I googled them, i joined every travel site, i read every book i could get my hands on about the country. And one day I got a tax return. So I sent them a $1000. That commitment made me finish the goal. It only took 5 years, but when I arrived at that resort, people were cheering me on. It didn't matter how I got there, all that mattered was that I did.
I planted the seeds, what seeds can you plant today.
What have you been giving your time to but
still on the fence about committing to?
Do something about it right now.
Invest 10 mins towards your goal
Press the Buy button on your dream
Do something you've never done today that's gets you one step closer to your dream.
Ready, Set Go.
The $199 ActorsArsenal: Move from FEAR to F*CK IT course
If you're cautious and money is tight, consider the online course with the monthly class for $199 which is on sale for the next 7 days. This is a one time deal that will never come again. Click here
Or if you're really ready to FINISH a goal
Here's what I know...big goals take 12-18 months to happen.
If you're ready to make the kind of committment that will force you to FINISH, not just talk about it...
Then consider scheduling a Discovery Session with April. This is an 80 min strategy session where we map out what your goals are and how I will get you there with a year long private coaching package.
If you're not ready to do this, then money will be a concern.
But if you're ready and tired of bullshitting yourself
If you're really at FUCK FEAR, I'm moving into FILM/FV
and finishing my solo show, my screenplay now,
then complete the intake form now. And let's schedule a session. You have to do some prep for this session, so it's not just a free ride, the expectation is that you're ready to hop on board and finish a goal.
This ain't acting school, this is the Graduate Program of Becoming a Fucking Working Actor with April...no dreams, just hardcore planning, strategy and concrete ways to raise money and start living the life you dreamed about before someone told you you weren't good enuf.
When you're ready, nothing can stop you.
I'll be offering the Discovery sessions to my DreamUnLocked community for the next 60 days. 60 Sessions.
Click here to start the process now!
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April Yvette Thompson