Auditions have been slow this month for my husband.
Which can make it very easy for the brain to start to wonder what’s going wrong - did he f*ck up his last audition, maybe his last booked role wasn’t as good as he thought it was, maybe his agent doesn’t like him…
To think it’s your look and change your hair color - when you were actually just starting to get known for your current type.
To think it’s the acting class you’re in and look for another - only to lose the relationship you’d just built up with your coach and have to start all over with someone new and fall behind as you try to learn a new method.
To think it’s your agent and look for another (or worse, fire them!) - only to get lost with another or not find representation that believes in you.
To think it’s YOU and you’re not talented enough and to have that start to seep into all of your work and interactions sabotaging your opportunities.
You know, the same noise that can come up in your head when you’re wondering why you didn’t get that many likes on your last post, why no one’s booked a discovery call, why you don’t have more clients, and why it’s feeling like a slower month in business…
Luckily, my husband has been around the entertainment industry for over a decade and knows there are normal ebbs and flows (and when it rains, holy moly does it pour). He also knows how to check himself and his mind from going down unhelpful paths.
But, you can imagine how easy that would be - and I know from my past acting days, how tempting it is to start to look for, find, and create problems that don’t exist.
The truth whether you’re acting or running a business is that every industry has ebbs and flows.
One of my good girlfriend’s who’s still acting actually confirmed this to let us know her agent had sent out an email to keep their clients from spinning out and sabotaging saying, it’s unusually slow even though it’s pilot season.
This is the same gift I offer my clients regularly because I not only know how normal it is for your revenue and results to fluctuate, I also can back this up with behind-the-scenes insights supporting a full roster of clients 1:1 behind the scenes to give them the evidence their brain needs.
Because, otherwise, I also know after thousands and thousands of coaching calls, how quick the brain can find a problem when it’s stressed and worried about a perceived “dip”. After all, your brain is designed to do exactly that and gets off when it finds a problem.
But, finding problems that don’t exist, and working to “fix” them, is the quickest way to sabotage an acting career and business that’s actually doing well, and about to book the next part or client.
What I like to ask my clients:
Is there really a problem here that needs to be solved?
OR, is this a) something your brain kicks up because that’s just what it does?
Or b) simply a normal occurrence in business. Hint: if it’s A or B, you actually don’t have a problem to solve.
So, if you’re stressing out about email subscribers unsubscribing, what if this wasn’t a problem and actually a statistical norm that just comes with the territory of having a growing email list? If you’re freaking out about someone not paying their last invoice, instead of automatically jumping to thinking what a horrible business owner you are and how you can change your offer or pay structure, what if this was also just something that happens from time-to-time when you serve more and more humans?
If you just had a lower income month, before you spin out, redo your strategy, or think about quitting, what if you knew it was a slow season or a normal ebb about to turn into a flow? I’d like to invite you that every time a “problem” arises in your business, hit the pause button before you go into problem solving mode.
Then, check in and figure out if your brain is creating something (because it feels good to your brain!) OR is this just a normal part of business? If you answer yes to either of those, you have nothing to do! Your job is to sit on your hands and NOT go into solving mode!
This is how you manage your mind, so you can think neutrally and show up in the role of CEO to successfully run your business - and what allows you to stay out of your own way long enough to bring in inevitable clients and cash.
Wishing you your version of success!
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