This blog post is a companion piece for a podcast episode I did a few months ago with the same name. You can find it here.
A while back I saw a post on Instagram basically saying that white actors need to stop complaining about losing roles to minority actors by saying stuff like, “oh, they didn’t cast me because they decided to ‘go diverse’ with the role” or “oh, man, it’s so hard book work as a white actor because Hollywood wants to be diverse.” These are lies, we know they are lies, and if you don’t believe me, just go turn on your TV and start counting.
That post is related to a racist thought that I know I’ve had sometimes when I see who was ultimately cast in a role I auditioned for. Often times I’ll think, “Oh, this is that commercial I auditioned for, let’s see who they cast. Oh, they decided to go with a Black woman. Well, I mean, they should. That’s great.”
Now, on the surface, maybe you’re thinking, “Amy, that’s not racist. You’re not complaining. You’re applauding diversity, inclusion, and representation. You’re so woke, give yourself an ally cookie.”
Because the problem with that thought is what’s behind it. Even though I am applauding diversity, inclusion, and representation, the thought still implicitly assumes that the thought process in casting went RACE, and then talent - and that is not okay. That’s racist. It is racist to assume that an actor’s race is the main reason they were chosen for a role, instead of their talent.
Okay, so I have this racist thought and I don’t want it anymore. What do I do about it? I’m looking at it and asking why. I think asking WHY will go a long way in combating it within me because it will help me understand it, re-program it, and unlearn it.
So, WHY do I think this racist thought? I’ve uncovered two reasons:
First and foremost, this thought is born out of white supremacist culture which permeates our society and in this example makes me unconsciously believe that Black people are less talented or qualified, in general, than white people, and if a Black person is chosen for something instead of a white person, then it was just because of a desire for diversity. To deal with this I have to keep calling out this and other racist lies that I’ve been fed by white supremacy.
The second reason I uncovered is that I tell myself a lot of stories about why I wasn’t cast in a role to make myself feel better. “Maybe I looked like the director’s ex” - “ maybe I looked too young” - “maybe they wanted a brunette” - I tend to make the casting decision about “a look” in order to protect myself.
Because if the decision was about a look, then it wasn’t about my talent.
At the root of this racist thought is a fear-based thought and judgment about myself as an actor: I’m using this racist lie and the idea of casting decisions being solely about “looks” to protect myself from the scary thought that the reason I wasn’t cast was because I’m a horrible, untalented actor.
So, how do I deal with that?
Well, guess what guys? We should not be assuming it’s about our talent anyway. Our talent, our worth, our value as actors is never on the line at an audition. When we think that it is, we are under-valuing ourselves. Not being cast is not a reflection of our worth or value or talent as actors. It just means we weren’t the best actor FOR THAT ROLE. It does NOT mean that we’re not good actors.
I know this for a fact because in my audition class, I have seen the exact same character look beautiful on 20 actors of all different “looks” - ages, races, genders, body types, everything. We’re all talented. Lack of booking is not an indication of a lack of talent.
It’s ALL lies. The thought that Black actors are less talented than white actors is a lie, and the thought that if I wasn’t cast I must be an untalented actor is a lie.
Now, the way I can combat these lies is to be aware of them when they comes up in my brain, consciously say, “that’s not true” and reaffirm what IS true: Skin color is not an indication of talent, Black actors and white actors are both equally as talented, and I am a talented actor. Over time I’m hoping I can strengthen these truths in order to replace the lies that I’ve learned and perpetuated.
It’s time to stop telling myself a racist lie about casting decisions that only serves to uphold white supremacy. The truth is always “they cast the best actor for the role.” Period.
Now, I’m still (and forever will be) on my journey of unlearning unconscious racism and white supremacist culture, and it’s very likely that I’ve missed something important in this post. If I have, I’m sorry, and I promise to listen, learn, and adjust my thinking further if anyone has any feedback that they want to share.
I’ve been playing around with visualization recently and I’m having a ton of fun. Imagining the end result of my desire, NOT the “how” of making it happen, sets in motion powerful forces both within me and the universe at large. I really believe that. I can’t always explain it, but I’ve experienced enough synchronicities to know it’s true. Plus, visualization just feels good and is super fun to engage!
Visualizations can be super specific, or more generalized. They can be fully-produced, guided audios, or made up on the fly. That’s one of the coolest things about visualization, we get to make it ALL up - not only WHAT we visualize, but how we practice visualization. Talk about a versatile tool!
As I’ve been playing around with this practice, I’ve noticed some things that I wanted to share. So, allow me to present my Top 3 Tips for Craftin’ a Kickin’ Visualization.
Tip #1: Engage all your senses
Building a rich visualization begins with engaging all of our senses so that we can move through our visualization in the same way that we move through the physical world. As I start constructing my visualization, I like to go through all five of my senses and ask:
What am I touching? (or feeling on my skin?)
What am I seeing?
What am I smelling?
What am I tasting?
What am I hearing?
BONUS: What am I feeling inside me? (emotions)
Here’s an example of a how I’d answer these to engage a visualization about being on set.
What am I touching? (or feeling on my skin?)
1. The fabric of my costume against my skin
2. The mic pack against the small of my back
3. A make up brush on my face for touch ups
What am I seeing?
1. Crew people moving around working
2. Small, highlighted sides in my hands
3. Fellow actors sitting and standing close by
What am I smelling?
1. Trailer fuel in the cold air
2. The coffee in my hands
3. Cooking at catering
What am I tasting?
1. Crafty snacks
3. Eggs from catered breakfast
What am I hearing?
1. “We’re ready for you, Amy”
2. “Back to one!”
3. “Rolling and action!”
BONUS: What am I feeling inside me?
1. Confident and relaxed
2. Excited and proud to be working
3. A little bored as I wait around, but quite content overall
Just writing out my answers is a pretty great visualization exercise, but the real fun comes from weaving these details into a rich, descriptive tapestry that feels like a beloved memory. For example, “I feel a make up brush on my face” might become, “I feel a make up brush sweep lightly and gently across my cheeks.”
I want to make sure that the details I pick actually activate the imagined sensation in my body. I make sure that in my mind I really can feel the soft bristles sweeping lightly across my face. If I can’t, I either concentrate more and imagine deeper until I can, or I pick a new detail that does activate some kind of sensation in me.
Tip #2: Keep it short
When I keep my visualizations short and sweet it allows me to memorize them more quickly, and then I have access to those good feeling images and experiences at all times. I have friends who talk about going to their “happy place” - a lake, a beach, a deck chair overlooking a vast vineyard - and an on set (or stage) visualization can be the same thing. Keep it short and you can “go there” in your mind any time you want and just play for 30 seconds even. Once you’ve done a little prep work to craft the basics of your visualization, you can play around with this “on the fly” technique and see how it improves your mood during the day.
Tip #3: Focus on feeling good
This tip is probably the most important and it’s a two-parter.
Part one: Craft a visualization that feels good.
This is gonna sound obvious, but craft your visualization so that you are imagining things that make you feel good, not things that make you feel anxious. I know, duh, but sometimes when I’m crafting a visualization, I come to a point where I get a pang of anxiety as I imagine some part of my vision playing out. When this happens, I have to stop and ask myself, “why?”.
“Hmm, I get a pang in the pit of my stomach when I envision doing my scene work on set with confidence, why? Because I’m scared that I’ll make a mistake, and I have been for a long time, so my body tends to brace itself in those moments (even in my imagination) and I start to feel nervous. How can I change my wording or massage my feelings during that time in the visualization? Maybe instead of ‘I do my scene work with confidence and ease’ I can say, ‘I feel calm, confident, and focused as I do my scene work.’ Leading with the feelings helps activate them more fully and makes them more real to me.”
You are likely different, but the process is the same. If something doesn’t feel good in your visualization, ask yourself questions to find out why. Listen for answers. Re-craft/adjust your visualization as needed until it feels good.
Part two: Leave your longing at the door.
I get it, and it sucks. I’m right in it, it feels so good, and then I remember, it’s just a daydream. I’m not really on set and I start to question whether I ever will be again. I feel a longing for my visualization to be an actualization. That longing proves my separation from my desire and so…Poof! All the good feelings are gone.
The key is to not engage the longing. I know, I know, easier said than done, but the trick for me is to focus solely on how good visualizing makes me feel, not the fact that it’s a manifestation technique. I visualize to feel good. I visualize because it’s fun. I do not visualize in order to manifest the visualization. I visualize in order to uplift and inspire myself to take the right action in my career.
This is not easy. I am still working on it.
And if I do happen to touch upon longing, I try to remember it’s no big deal. I can feel it out, see if I need to learn anything from it, and then remind myself that I have the power to experience what I want by engaging my visualization again at anytime.
Sometimes what I need to learn is that my belief in my visualization needs amping up. If I’m longing to be on set acting, a part of me must be thinking, “I so miss acting, I’ll probably never get another job, ever.” I need to question this limiting belief until it crumbles.
Amy, is this true?
It feels true.
So, you’re never gonna act again? Ever. At all. Do you REALLY believe that?
It may take some time for the limiting belief to crumble, but maybe I can soften it to the point that it doesn’t gum-up my visualization with longing.
Again, this is not easy. I am still working on it. Keep practicing.
Pick a scene you would like to visualize and engage each of your five senses to really make it come alive. What do you hear? What do you see? What do you smell? What do you taste? What do you feel? What emotions are you experiencing? Aim for three or more answers per sense.
Also, if you’re a member of The Aligned Actor Community (either on Facebook or by subscribing to my mailing list) you’re invited to a special Zoom workshop on visualization scheduled for Sunday, October 25 at 1:30pm PDT. I’ll cover the basics and some tech stuff for taking your visualizations to the next level, and then the real fun begins as each attendee will be given the chance to craft their own visualization live with my coaching! I’d love to see you there!
When I sat down to record the first episode of The Aligned Actor™ Podcast, I had a little freak out. Okay, it was a pretty big freak out. I ugly cried.
I didn’t know what I wanted to say or how to say it, and I felt very unsure and vulnerable about everything.
Then, while I was washing dishes and my son was playing with this little toy truck, I heard its little electronic voice say, “Yay! You did it! Good job!” And it hit me, we cheer our children on when they try new things, but for some reason we stop doing this for ourselves as we get older.
When my son was learning to walk I didn’t go, “You fell! You’re a horrible walker. You’re never gonna get this.” Heck no! I was his champion and constant cheerleader saying, “Yay! You can do it! Try again!”
And yet, for myself, when I try something new (like starting a podcast) I tend to go, “I have no idea what I’m doing. This sucks, this is crap, I’m never gonna get this. Ugh!”
Why do I do this to myself? It doesn’t feel good, and it certainly doesn’t help me get better at the new thing I’m trying to do. If anything it makes me wanna quit and close up shop and say, “nope, too scary, this is not for me.” Which I almost did.
If I had, my inner critic and all the evil, little gremlin voices that tell me I should be exceptional at new things right out of the gate, or not bother trying, would have won.
But instead, I took a lesson from my son’s little toy truck. I tuned into the voice of my Champion. The inner voice that says “Yes! You recorded your first podcast, that’s amazing! Good job!” Or in my case “Wow! You tried to record your first podcast, but you had a big ugly cry fit about it. Good job! You’re learning! You’re growing! Try again! You can do it!!!!”
And guess what happened?
I was able to go back and record that first episode of The Aligned Actor™ Podcast.
***Well, technically it was the second episode of the podcast because first I actually recorded an episode about what I was going through, and how I wanted to tune into my Champion more, which I released as another episode of the podcast. Hey, whatever you gotta do, right?***
So whenever we start something new - a new creative project, a bigger role than we’ve tackled before, a podcast - I want us all to pretend like we’re a little kid doing something for the first time and cheer ourselves on! Celebrate every little step AND every miss step!
That’s the way we’ll keep going on our projects. That’s the way we’ll keep growing and expanding our skill set as actors. That’s the way we’ll keep showing up for ourselves and our careers.
From: Future Amy
To: LA Newbie Amy
Subject: Welcome to LA!
Date Written: September 6, 2020
Date Received: September 6, 2006
Welcome to LA! How was your flight? I’m just kidding, I know it was fine, although I don’t remember the details because it was 14 years ago! Hi, it’s your future self, just popping in with a quick greeting and some words of advice to get you started in LA.
“Success is a journey, not a destination”
I know, I know, you’ve seen this on magnets and sometimes you even think you understand and believe it. But there’s still something nagging at the back of your mind saying, “yeah, but once I achieve THAT, then I’ll really be successful.” Sorry, no.
If you believe success is a destination you’ll just end up hustling, striving, and holding yourself apart from happiness and a sense of accomplishment. You have success now. High School Amy Schloerb believed that success was graduating and getting into a good college. College Amy Schloerb believed success was, again, graduating and starting a good career. Now that you’ve arrived in LA, you’re thinking a “good career” means booking bigger and better jobs consistently and continuously until you’re the next Reese Witherspoon.
Okay, not gonna lie, I still sometimes think that, but then I remember the truth: Setting goals is great, but continuously moving the goal post on what it means to BE SUCCESSFUL is soul crushing. If you keep thinking, “yeah I did that, good for me, but now REAL success is up there” guess what? “Real success” will always be “up there.” Wherever the F either of those things are….
Instead, put the goal post of success inside you. What?! What the heck does that mean?! It means enjoy the process and the journey because, spoiler alert, that’s all there is: Journey. And then more journey, some more journey, a quick detour journey to a foreign country (oops! I’ve said too much!), followed by, you guessed it, more journey! It’s quite a trip! Bahahahahaha! Oh, stop rolling your eyes, you know that was funny!
There’s gonna be ups and downs, highs and low, abundance and “slow times” - and the sooner you recognize that that’s just what this career IS, the happier you’re gonna be overall. You’re “in the arena” (look up the Roosevelt quote, it’s good) and that means you’re already successful.
All acting work is real. Enjoy it.
Don’t treat any acting job like a stepping stone or practice session for a “real job.” THEY ARE ALL REAL JOBS. Different budget levels maybe, but your job is always the same. Know your lines, know what you want each scene, and do your work. Rinse and repeat. Any idea that “oh, this is good practice for when I’m REALLY working” is nonsense. You’re REALLY WORKING now! Stop missing out on the fun you’re having right now by continually telling yourself that this job doesn’t count. It counts! Enjoy it! Celebrate them all!
Don’t wait for permission or perfection to create stuff and put it out into the world. Just do it! Lean into your inspirations and follow them full out. Play, explore, throw stuff up online, and again, rinse and repeat. Some of it might be crap, or maybe only a handful of people will ever see it, but what you will learn in the process will be invaluable. Oh, and fun. Tons of fun!
No one cares.
If you think someone is judging you, chances are good you’re really just projecting your own self-judgement onto them. Abandon judgment altogether and remember that while you’re busy worrying about “what they think” they are probably just as worried about “what YOU think” and you’re both so caught up in this stupid game of self-obsession that no one has stopped to realize, ta-da, no one cares what anyone else is doing! Or maybe we all care, but only in the “oh that’s cool!” sense rather than the “why would you do that?!” sense. Does that make sense? I hope it does, because reminding myself of this fact on a regular basis is freeing.
Let's wrap this up!
I realize these little bits of advice sound perhaps like cliché platitudes, but if you really stop and sit with them for a moment, you’ll find their truth has the power to embolden you. Over the years you’ll forget them at times, and then you'll re-find them at exactly the right time. Again, trust and enjoy the journey.
I probably have more thoughts, but these are the good ones, and [REDACTED] just [REDACTED] so I gotta go.
Oh, one last thing! Buy stock in [REDACTED]. I know, weird, right? But trust me, [REDACTED] is the wave of the future.
(You can listen to the companion podcast for this blog post here)
I am so excited to share with you a recent epiphany I’ve had about myself as a conscious creator.
It turns out that I thrive by practicing something I call Stove Top Manifesting.
No, it’s not a technique for manifesting kitchen appliances, but I’m sure you could use it for that, too.
Stove Top Manifesting is a term I made up to describe how I approach and have success with conscious creation. And it’s a BRILLIANT method for releasing attachment and allowing the universe to work its magic.
Here’s how it works:
Right now I have 4 BIG desires that I want to manifest:
Wow. That’s a lot. What am I thinking?!
When I wrote these desires to my coach, Jeannette Maw, I told her “I know this is more than 3, but I've recently discovered that one of my keys to success is to bounce between creative projects as inspired, so I'm honoring that and have been writing whichever book or screenplay I feel called to write in the moment. And I think all these desires feed into and support each other quite nicely!”
It’s kind of like when I cook a meal on a stove top. I enjoy getting one dish going, adding ingredients, seasoning, stirring and actively cooking that dish until it’s on its way, and then I can turn my attention to the next dish.
And when I turn my attention from my chicken breasts browning in the sauté pan in order to fill my stock pot with water, I’m not worried that my lack of focus on the chicken means I will fail to manifest my desire for tender, juicy chicken. No! But the chicken doesn’t need my attention and action right now. I can let it work it’s magic on it’s own for a while as I focus on boiling the water for the pasta.
And as the water comes to a boil, I don’t have to stand there watching it (there’s a whole saying about this…). I know it’s going to boil right on time, and therefore I can turn my attention to the next dish I feel inspired to work on. Or maybe flip the chicken if that’s what I feel inspired to do.
My trust in my stove top and overall cooking knowledge allows me to remain blissfully unattached and un-angsty about any one dish I’m cooking.
Let’s say that again in conscious creator terms!
My trust in my stove top (alignment practices) and overall cooking (conscious creation) knowledge allows me to remain blissfully unattached and un-angsty about any one dish (desire) I’m cooking (manifesting).
In other words, I believe this method is the key to releasing attachment and consistently being able to find that “step 3” place of allowing.
TA-DA! STOVE TOP MANIFESTING!
Here’s what this looks like in practice in my life recently:
My Christmas movie screenplay is “done” and ready to be sold and produced. I was starting to feel a little “charged” around the desire and unsure of what to do next. I kept focusing on the end result of how I wanted my audience to feel seeing the movie, which was how I had manifested the completed screenplay, but the uncertainty remained.
I turned my attention to my grief book as I had done at other times as inspired, and felt confident that inspiration would come for the screenplay at some point. Simultaneously, I started to feel an intense urge to go back to creating some kind of work for actors on manifesting, something I hadn’t felt drawn to at all in months.
It was literally as if the universe said, “great, your part in the creation of the Christmas movie is done for now, so let’s revisit some other things on your manifesting stove top while I do some behind the scenes magic.”
In the past I might have squashed an inspiration to work on something other than my current goal. For the longest time I believed it was a “flaw” in my personality or meant that I wasn’t “focused” enough on my goal.
Every time I’d get a fun inspiration for something even remotely adjacent to my acting career, I’d immediately turn away from it because to follow that inspiration would take time and energy away from my acting career, and that would mean that I wasn’t working hard enough to achieve my dreams.
Meanwhile, I wasn’t really achieving my goals anyway, and oh yeah, every time life forced me to focus elsewhere for even a minute I tended to “magically” book jobs. The year I had my son I got two straight offers (no audition required) and another time I booked a job while I was on vacation at Disneyland. No joke.
And these are all hindsight examples that I’m just now recognizing as I’ve leaned more and more into Stove Top Manifesting this year. Just imagine what’s in store for me now that I understand the system more fully and can really work it to my advantage.
Well, actually I don’t have to just imagine, it’s already happening. In the weeks since I set my Christmas movie on the back burner to focus more actively on other desires, I got a lead on a potential investor. Thanks, universe!
Long story short - Work as inspired. Work as called. Fear not if you bounce between desires or “get distracted” by that shiny object desire over there.
It’s all one.
All our desires feed each other, and the universe knows what we truly want at all times and is ready to give it all to us. Our job is to allow, and allowing at its core is all about having fun, enjoying life, and feeling good.
So, if following a seemingly tangential desire feels good, go for it! You’re just adding a pot to your manifesting stove top! Or maybe the universe is having you add a secret, mystery ingredient to your desire. Either way, follow your inspiration!
Speaking of, I gotta go cook dinner. Bye!
Lately, I have been examining how I show up in the world.
I desire to practice anti-racism in all areas of my life, and as a student of conscious creation, one area that I’m examining is the world of spiritual wellness. I decided that I cannot continue building my presence in this space without acknowledging some things I’m currently wrestling with regarding spiritual wellness and cultural appropriation.
The Aligned Actor™ platform is in its foundational stages, and I want to cultivate a high level of self-reflection and a willingness to adjust early on so that my voice in this space can always reflect my truest intentions and the highest good of all.
I have been working through the book Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad, and wrestling with myself in each reflective journaling prompt. The chapter entitled “You and Cultural Appropriation” led me to question all the spiritual wellness practices that I use and enjoy sharing with others. Saad also has two blog posts specifically addressing spiritual white women and our duty to combat white supremacy. I highly encourage you to read them.
I need to talk to spiritual white women about white supremacy (Part One)
I need to talk to spiritual white women about white supremacy (Part two)
***Please note, I am sharing my own journey and self-reflections. I do not intend any of this as a call out of anyone. My intention with this post is purely to invite other people to engage in their own reflection. I am still at the very beginning of this journey. I am certain that there are many more practices to examine and question, but here is where my mind has lead me first based on the practices I engage most.
When I first questioned the cultural appropriation of meditation I thought, “Okay, well, meditation may come from the east as a spiritual practice, but science now tells us that it’s a beneficial health practice for everyone!”
Upon further reflection though I realized that I know next to nothing about the religious and cultural origins of meditation. Furthermore, my thought “science now tells us meditation is a beneficial health practice” is an example of western, white supremacist culture putting its stamp of approval on a practice that at one time was dismissed and denigrated. Today it’s trendy to meditate, but only because it’s now been approved of by, and practiced by, a lot of white people.
Additionally, it’s mostly white people who are profiting off the commodification of meditation and mindfulness. While researching, I found articles from Vice and Glamour UK all about the cultural appropriation and commodification of many spiritual wellness practices. Both are excellent and presented for you below.
To Some, Mindfulness Feels too Whitewashed to Embrace (Vice)
How Wellness Got Whitewashed (Glamour UK)
I am now wrestling with the idea that meditation has been culturally appropriated and commodified. Personally, I do not feel the need to give up my own meditation practice on the whole. Quieting my mind for ten minutes does not harm anyone. Additionally, further study of the history and spiritual aspects of various forms of meditation may help to deepen my appreciation of it and make it even more powerful for me.
What I definitely need to change though is the way in which I may one day profit from this practice. I am creating online courses for The Aligned Actor™ brand, and wanted to include some guided meditations as a fun and helpful resource for people. But now I no longer feel comfortable calling something I’ve created a “meditation.” I know far too little about the origins of meditation, and now at least a little bit more about the cultural appropriation of it.
Additionally, one of the types of “meditation” I was creating centered around forgiveness, which lead me to examine and question a forgiveness meditation I had been taught: The Ho’oponopono Prayer of Forgiveness.
The Ho’oponopono is a spiritual practice from ancient Hawaii. I knew that I couldn’t lead people in this meditation prayer because I am not Hawaiian, and I have only ever been guided through it a handful of times. Oh, and I learned it from a white person, not a native Hawaiian. So yeah, creating a guided piece leading people through The Ho’oponopono was a definite no for me.
I thought about incorporating my favorite parts of the prayer into my own original piece, but quickly realized that was perhaps even worse than just sharing the prayer itself. I would have been literally engaging in white-washing by striping a spiritual practice of its cultural context and sacred meaning. Double no.
In the end, I wrote my own forgiveness piece. I wrote what I would want to experience being guided through a moment of reconciliation with another person. I also wrote a few other guided pieces and for now I’m calling them “guided visualizations” as they invite the listener to imagine things in their mind, rather than fully quiet their mind or repeat a mantra. Is this enough? I’m not sure. I’m still considering and evaluating.
Oh, and speaking of the word “mantra”…
I had recently started a "Mantra Monday" practice in The Aligned Actor™ Community on Facebook. I wanted a fun way to start the week and engage people around the idea of picking a phrase to keep in mind for the days ahead.
But then, as I engaged in my reflection, I started thinking about where the word “mantra” comes from and what it actually means versus what it has come to mean in western culture.
I Googled the word “mantra” and up popped this:
noun: mantra; plural noun: mantra
And from vocabulary.com: Mantra comes from a Sanskrit word meaning a “sacred message or text, charm, spell, counsel.”
Hmmm. So, in my Monday mantra posts I was clearly using the word within the context of the second entry (a statement or slogan repeated frequently), but I was also desiring to use it to bring my thoughts back to a positive place of concentration, much like a mantra used in meditation. Hmm, indeed.
In the end, given my overall level of ignorance regarding the spiritual meaning and practice of mantras, I decided it no longer feels appropriate for me use the word so casually. Even if my intent is to use the second definition that has become widely used in western culture, to me that is still problematic given that the secular definition of “mantra” appears to be born out of the cultural appropriation and westernization of the Sanskrit word. So, yeah, it’s not for me anymore.
At first I thought, “Oh no! I really liked my 'Mantra Monday' posts because I love alliteration and it was a fun way to engage with people! Wahhh!” But, ultimately, this was an extremely minor inconvenience. I challenged myself to get creative, to look at the heart of what I wanted from those posts, and to find a better way.
Fortunately, it was pretty easy to change things up while still honoring my same overall goals. I now post my “centering thought” for the week. A little change that did nothing to dismantle systemic racism and white supremacy, but it feels better and more authentic to me and how I want to show up in the world.
I’m still working through Saad’s book, but I believe this is part of “the work” she wants me to do - reflecting and questioning how I show up in the world and being willing to make adjustments as needed. This is just the start. I have some other thoughts in this space that I’m still wrestling with, but my inner being is telling me those are separate posts.
To be continued…
(This post is based on the very first episode of The Aligned Actor™ Podcast, which you can listen to here.)
Hi! I’m Amy Schloerb. I am an actor, mom, wife, and all-around creative person living and working in Los Angeles, CA. I’ve worked professionally in TV, film, and commercials, and I produce an award-winning comedy web series called SchloerBITS. (Hey, if I can’t plug my show on my own blog, what’s the point?)
I am also a student of conscious creation, perhaps more commonly known as manifesting or The Law of Attraction, meaning that I believe that what I focus on in my mind influences what happens in my reality.
This blog is going to assume that you have at least a basic level of understanding of (or at least openness to) conscious creation. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I recommend you start with some blog posts from my LOA coach and mentor, Jeannette Maw, founder of Good Vibe University:
Anyway, back to me.
In the course of studying and practicing conscious creation, I’ve experienced a significant improvement in my overall life satisfaction. My ability to maintain a positive mindset has increased, and my overall level of anxiety (something I’ve struggled with throughout my life) has decreased.
Additionally, I’ve been applying conscious creation to my acting career and getting some cool results. I’ve manifested jobs, awards, and even consciously created my first screenplay. Even more importantly to me, I’ve felt way better about my career in general, because the practices of conscious creation have taught me to look for and find all the ways that my dream career is already happening for me right now, which feels far better then focusing on lack in my career.
For the above reasons alone, I’m forever hooked on conscious creation. Additionally though, at some point it struck me that my background as an actor offers me an added advantage in my conscious creation work, and I began to consider the intersection of actors and conscious creation more broadly.
In a nutshell, I am lit up about conscious creation as it relates to actors for two reasons:
As I have learned from Jeannette Maw, the heart of manifesting a desire lies in activating the vibration of (aka finding alignment with) that desire, which means getting into the feeling place of that desire right now. For example, how would it feel to book a national commercial? Can you imagine it and feel the excitement in your body right now, in this moment? Great! You just activated the vibration of (found alignment with) booking a national commercial.
Actors! Do you see how we are primed for success with conscious creation?! The skills required to find vibrational alignment are the essence of our craft! Our rich imaginations help us create detailed visualizations. Our background in character work helps us really nail a manifesting technique like “acting as if.” On a basic, fundamental level, we have the awareness to know when we’re really experiencing a feeling and when we’re just faking it, which means we’ll know when we’re really in alignment with our desires and when there’s room for improvement.
Additionally, conscious creation has taught me to question, dismantle, and transform limiting beliefs about myself as an actor. I’ve realized that the WAY I see myself in my career directly influences how I show up in my career. If I see myself as a bother and an inconvenience, I show up to an audition apologizing for taking up time and space. On the flip side, if I see myself as highly-skilled, creative collaborator, I show up to my auditions with confidence and ease.
As a final point, I’ve tried just about every actor business and marketing strategy in the book and found the most success by engaging conscious creation and manifesting techniques which prioritize listening to one’s own inner guidance above all else. Clarifying my true career desires and concentrating on inspired action born out of vibrational alignment (instead of “actor hustle”) has opened up opportunities in my career like nothing else.
I created The Aligned Actor™ because I want to share my ideas about conscious creation with like-minded actors who want to explore this stuff with me. It started with a podcast and a Facebook group, and now I’ve added an Instagram, website, and this blog. In all of these spaces, I enjoy talking about mindset work, sharing fun alignment games, dismantling limiting beliefs commonly held by actors, and just generally exploring conscious creation with others. I want to inspire, uplift, and empower my fellow actors to master their own mindsets and manifest their dream careers, too.
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