After a day of auditioning, the director has narrowed it down to two actresses. They both did a fantastic job. The director loves them both. The part, of course, goes to only one of them.
Let’s follow both actresses.
One of the actresses leaves the audition and immerses herself in her day. She reads a book, she visits with a friend, she puts her laundry in the machine, she eats some mad, crazy, delicious pizza, she helps an old lady across the street, she takes a power nap, she goes to her day job and commits to it as if that is what she’s supposed to be doing. She digs into whatever is in front of her as if it matters.
The other actress wanders through her day analyzing her audition. “It went really well. There was a good energy in the room. Hmm… Should I have asked to try it again? I could have done better. I could have shown them more. I’m not sure I wore the right blouse. Dammit. Maybe my agent can get me some feedback… Shit, my agent is at lunch. Who is he having lunch with? Probably a more important client. I need this job. I fucking sucked in that audition…Again!”
I don’t have scientific proof for what I’m about to say. I do however know there’s truth in it.
When the director is pondering his decision he’s going to be influenced by how these two actresses are partaking in their lives. I understand this may sound a little woo woo. But as he looks at their headshots trying to make this tough decision, my strong bet is that he will pick the actress who is immersed in her life, not the one in drama mode. It’s not logical why he picks the one actress over the other. He’s just gets a better feeling about her.
Remember, intuition is prevalent in all of us. And even though the director is not in physical proximity to these actresses, he is still receiving information.
Live like it matters. It does.
Thanks for reading, I’d love your comments.
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Rachel Luna - Kick Ass Life Changer says
Love this concept. I’m not an actress but I do a lot of public speaking, workshops and coaching and I truly believe what you wrote applies in those arenas as well. For those of us in business, when we cling to desperation we attract lack. When we’re celebrating our life we attract abundance. Thanks for the reminder!
Yes, all the CI principles apply to any business. Thanks for making that connection.
Thanks for this Josh.
This reminds of the story of the writer Paul Reps, who wanted to practice meditation in Japan after the Korean War. He was told by an immigration officer that it would not be possible since he was not military personnel. In response, Reps wrote a one-line poem on the back of his visa: “Making a cup of green tea, I stop the war.” The officer read the poem, he looked at Reps and said “We need more people like you in our country right now” and approved the visa.
Only in this case, it’s more like: in being a fulfilled human being, I fulfill my acting dreams.
Thank you for this great story, Hope!
Great story Hope. Thank you.
Love it! Thank you, Josh.
Mindset, intuition, deeply held beliefs, good vibes…it all matters. I love how real this story is and how it hits to the heart of not “doing” your work and passions, but truly “being it” and embodying it no matter what happens, or when.
Heather Thorkelson says
Hell to the yes. I believe in this like I believed my first boyfriend (when I was 13) and I were soul mates. Ha! But this one is for realz, yo! I’m a coach, an artist and a travel junkie, and when I really started leaning into all three of those, my world lit up and people totally recognized that my energy is different. People *always* comment on my energy (and I’m not talking about output per calorie intake). I’m walking proof that your theory is real. People can feel it if you’re living like you mean it. Love this!
Nathalie Lussier says
What a great way to explain this Josh! And a great example we can all relate to. I there’s something in there about not being attached to the outcome too right?
Thank you so much for putting your work out there. (Un)fortunately, I don’t smoke so I’m going to tweet this instead. 😉
RE; Being attached to outcomes…
I’ve tried obsessing over outcomes – yea – doesn’t work for me. We have to create and engage with what is in front of us and everything seems to unfold quite perfectly and abundantly.
Thanks for your comments, Nathalie.
Love it. I just ran into an actress and friend and she seemed absolutely frazzled, small (she is 5′ 10″), and empty. Just not present. She is an amazing actress, magical.
I saw her again 2 days later back to her beautiful self. She explained that she was going over how an audition went in her head and thinking of everything she could have done better.
Wow, what a difference.
Now I know how to say, “I Am Back! ” and tell those thoughts to “Get Out!”
Scott Powers says
This is one of those posts that hit me at just the right time. It has been a year of big near misses for me in both acting and business. I know what it is like to be in the flow and everything magically manifests itself. It has made me dig deep to be aware of the vibe I am giving off and get back to the place I know I belong in. I appreciate your perspective and wisdom here Josh.
2012 is going to be your year.
totally. it’s just like a date, you can smell desperation.
I totally agree Josh, there’s been the times when I have been immersed in all the fantastic things in my day and I have scored the job.
It’s one of the things I teach too. Love what you are doing, and dig what’s in your life so that energy gets out there.
Thanks for the post!
Marci Liroff says
I SO agree with this Josh. As a Casting Director (and private coach), I always tell actors to “book the room, not the job”. There are SO many things out of your control in this business. Don’t focus on getting the job. Focus on your work, being über prepared, come in – knock it out of the park, and go on with your life. Either this role has your name on it or it doesn’t. Make a great impression in the room because you’ve come to play, make fans so that the next time around, they’ll think of you and remember you from how consistently great you are every time you come in to read. Here’s more:
Love, “book the room, not the job.”
So great to remember.
Erin Chenoweth says
This is really what matters in life. Living in each moment, fully submerged. Believing in what we all know in our gut about how to treat people, how to live, and the strength to stand up for this. Thank you for the reminder Josh.
Hillary Rubin says
Perfectly laid out — I’ve been both and the first one is way sweeter. This is not just for actors it’s for anyone who is wanting to partake in a dream, desire or work.
Thank you… I know I will make sure for my launch I will live my life and do my best and keep in the flow of life. Everyone has intuition and even if they don’t feel they are influenced by it, I agree with you they are.
Livia Scott says
I really appreciate this post, Josh, and Committed Impulse. This work is a gift you can continually appreciate in your life as an artist and as a person, with a simple “I’m back.” I also love “Book the room, not the job.” GENIUS!
I don’t think anyone who enjoys their life and has success says “Okay, how can I take the fun out of this? How can I make this experience as UN-FUN as possible?”
Rock on Josh, and everyone! Life is a gift.
Great post! I love and believe this concept.
Kellie Brooks says
Yes, Josh, absolutely~
We take ourselves everywhere we go, and those who’ve honed their intuitive powers can see us. Can see right through our facade, mask, cloak.
Just one more reason to live authentically, stand in our fear, and walk right through it.
Thanks for this side-by-side.