I'm about to get personal.
Because...my second Most Embarrassing Story happened in the bathroom.
It wasn’t that someone walked in on me.
It wasn’t that I tucked my dress into my pantyhose.
It was about karate.
7, 21, 37, 49, 63
I’m totally cool sharing because tomorrow, those numbers are gonna win me the Mega-Millions.
But right now, I’m dreaming about what I’ll do with all.that.cash.
And how it’s going to feel when I hear the numbers, and I can’t believe I have the winning ticket. I’ll probably check and re-check it 57 times.
And then I’ll definitely scream and cry. And laugh hysterically. Maybe all at the same time.
But I’ll also be super freaked out that I might lose the ticket, so things could get weird. Don’t come over tomorrow night.
I dreamed of being an actor for a long time. But no one knew it, and I didn't pursue it.
Instead, I choose to bury my passion in exchange for a full-time sales & trading job at a Wall Street Bank.
I still tried to act when I could get away with it. But it was hard. REALLY hard.
It wasn’t ok for me to leave the desk for much more than grabbing lunch. In fact, I got reprimanded once for taking my daughter to the doctor for a sudden body rash.
So, you can imagine how much I dreaded getting calls from my agent. Calls meant auditions which meant I had to lie. And lying meant a giant pit in my stomach for days.
I was at an weekend retreat recently and wanted chocolate. No surprise there.
What was surprising was that when I walked into the meeting room a bit later, it was like someone had read my mind. There were bags of Ruggedly Handsome Cowboy Bark all over the table!
It was actually called Ruggedly Adventuresome Cowboy Bark.
I was sooo disappointed. Buttttt, it made me realize that I see the things I want to see sometimes.
And so do you.
Many actors tell me they struggle with embodying or connecting with their characters.
So today, I want to teach you an added layer of character development you can use for your next audition.
First, I'll give you my 3-Step Framework, and then I'll walk you through an example.
Grab a frothy latte or your beverage of choice and tuck in.
Here we go!
Guess what beloved TV character is described in this breakdown:
Droll. Dry. A wry observer of everyone’s life. And his own. Works in front of a computer doing something tedious in a claustrophobic cubicle in a nondescript office building. Gets by on his sense of humor. And snacks.
Maybe you’re thinking Homer Simpson, Dilbert, or someone from The Office.
I think we can all agree there’s not enough time in a day.
So in an effort to “add more time” to my own day, I decided to get up at an hour earlier, at 5:45, to exercise. I know, I know, 5:45 a.m. is NOT that early...and especially since I spent 18 years getting up at 3:45am when I worked in the bond market. But, times change (no pun intended).
In the first few minutes of my 6:30 barre class, when I couldn’t sustain a plank for a full minute, I got frustrated and started berating myself for not being as strong as I should be or letting the early morning get to me. My mind said, “You’re better than this.”
And then my heart said, “Hey! I woke up at 5 freaking 45 to be here. Isn’t that kinda awesome? And even if I only get 80% of the benefit, isn’t that better than not working out at all?
And slowly, my mindset shifted. And while I still didn’t feel as strong as I normally do, I felt pretty dang proud of myself for being there at all.