In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’re focusing on gratitude this week here at ClaimFame. The daily practice of gratitude is a very powerful tool: This week, let’s focus on how you can extend gratitude into your daily life as an actor to transform your career.
Believe it or not, the simple act of gratitude — when practiced properly on a daily basis — can completely alter your career trajectory. Gratitude was key in my decision to commit my life to being an artist. In some of my very first acting classes, a teacher suggested I keep a gratitude journal. Like many of you reading this, I too was skeptical at first. Enough of this wishy-washy talk already — I just want to land starring roles and work as an actor! But, it takes time, discipline, and a lot vulnerability to open the door of opportunity as an actor. That said, take my word for it, gratitude is the #1 supertool to change your life and career as an actor.
So, how do you implement a daily practice of gratitude into your life? First of all, you need to get over the cliches, your preconceived notions of “gratitude,” and just do it. Every morning and/or evening when you first wake up and before you go to bed, I recommend writing in a journal you keep by your bed. Every day, pick just ONE thing you are supremely grateful for. Then get specific. Write down 5 specific things about this one topic/person that make you grateful. This simple 5 minute practice can completely shift your perspective and let the good energy in that you need to start booking roles.
Chances are, you will start and end your day on a much more positive note. That energy will extend into your day. When you focus on the good things that are supporting you and moving you forward in your life , your life WILL move forward. You will attract the right opportunities, radiate good energy in audition rooms, and get the callbacks.
So, give it a try and get back to me. I promise after just a few days you will notice a difference. We have a lot to be thankful for. Now, it’s time to start recognizing it, challenge ourselves, and put that good energy back into the universe through our acting.
P.S. I am grateful to all of you who are reading this!