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Quotespiration # 25: Neil Patrick Harris

“Sometimes you can have the smallest role in the smallest production and still have a big impact.”

– Neil Patrick Harris (an openly gay film and theatre actor; multi-winner of the Emmy awards and four-time Golden Globes nominee)

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Every role counts. I hate it when actors think they are too good for something..unless it is downright, undeniably awful- and even then, there’s no need to be rude about it! I’ve spoken to an actress who goes to auditions she doesn’t want just for the “practice” and prays she doesn’t get the role. How egotistical! I also know an actor who will ONLY go for leading man parts. Yikes. Acting is hard enough as it is without closing doors before you’ve even had a peek through the curtains.

On the other hand, I have also met directors and writers with their heads up their asses who think that actors are disposable puppets and that everything that comes out of their mouths is made of gold. Barf. But that’s for another post some other day…

From how I see it, every set or stage you work on is a potential for you to network and sharpen your skills. No matter how big or small the production and how big or small your part is. There’s always something to learn- either from the people around you or from the experiences you gain and mistakes you make.

And you never know, someone somewhere may just remember you and give you a job somewhere else down the line. Trust me. It happens. A lot.

Be grateful.

All my love,

The Aspiring Actress.

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Fitness + Health: Eva Mendes

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 “I’m like every other girls across the globe- I love chocolate and I hate working out. But the truth is I have to do it. I like to eat. I cannot hold back. I cannot skip a meal. So I get into the gym; I do a lot of cardio then some light weight training.”- Eva Mendes

One of my favourite celebrity fitness quotes. What girl CAN’T relate to this? It sucks, but I’d rather go to the gym for an hour or two (or even 30 minutes) than starve, wouldn’t you?

Every person in the entertainment industry, or really any industry that is somewhat based on how you present yourself, has felt it: The pressure to look your best…and a huge part of that pertains to your figure. Not only do you feel like you ‘have’ to adhere to certain standards of beauty, but it can actually hinder your success if you don’t. For some, that may be motivation enough. For others, like me, you have to be dragged kicking and screaming.

Don’t get me wrong, I love working out. Especially when I’ve reached the end of the work out. You feel fantastic right afterwards and the long term benefits are endless. You feel confident, there’s a glow to your skin, you feel healthy and more inclined to make good choices, the clothes you like look better on you, you have more energy, you feel strong, you live longer. But it never makes putting on those running shoes any easier when I’d much rather be laying on the couch eating spaghetti.

So for those of you who need a little extra motivation…I feel your pain. I really do. What works for me is having a partner in crime. Someone to suffer through it with, or at least complain to afterwards. It’s frustrating when you see all these Hollywood celebrities with their fantastic bodies or even people you know in your life who just look great with seemingly zero effort. Well the truth is, that is probably the biggest lie!

Suuuure, there are the freaks who just looooooove to exercise (and the genetically blessed few who don’t even need to- cuuuurse them). I’m not one of them. So I’ve decided to share with you motivating “fitspiration” quotes by the stars themselves, from the fitness-loving freaks of inspiration (I’m looking at you, Jessica Biel) to those who prove they are only human like the rest of us and that all it really comes down to is hard work and discipline (remember: personal trainers can’t do the work for you). I will also be posting work outs, fitness and health tips from yours truly when I can.

I am on the same journey as you are, people. It’s a daily struggle for me so I understand how important it is to be inspired to stay active and not fall into a negative cycle of guilt and self-hating.

SO LET’S GET OUR ASSES TO THE GYM!!! (or take classes at that dance studio, go for a hike, hit the pavement, swim, hot yoga, Pilates, raves, join a recreational sports team, whatever floats your boat)

Achieve your fitness goals. Aspire to finally fit into that skin-tight LBD or those skinny jeans you’ve been eyeing up, that you keep telling yourself, “One day…”.

And to quote Nike…

Yesterday you said tomorrow.

I’ll be with you every step of the way. Tears, bruises, sore muscles and all.

Love,

The Aspiring Actress.

THANK YOU! [50]

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This post isn’t really about anything in particular, except to say THANK YOU!

I started this blog just under a month ago (though I apologize for the lack of consistency with posts!) and I’ve officially hit 50 followers. Not a bad start, I think! I don’t know where you guys are in your lives, what your dreams are or how you happened to stumble upon this blog or which entry you happened to stumble upon, but thank you for doing so and deciding to follow my journey- whether you’re only here for the inspirational quotes (I like those too) or are actually interested in what I have to say.

You are all super cool. That is all. I hope you’re all following your bliss, no matter what that may be and whether or not it’s even career-related, and continue to actively seek things that keep you inspired every day. I wish you every bit of success and happiness.

Let’s do dis, guys. Life ain’t got nothin’ on us.

LOL,

(LOTS OF LOVE- duh)

The Aspiring Actress.

Fitness + Health: Gwyneth Paltrow

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“I just sob and kick and scream and then just force myself to do it.”- Gwyneth Paltrow

Every person in the entertainment industry, or really any industry that is somewhat based on how you present yourself, has felt it: The pressure to look your best…and a huge part of that pertains to your figure. Not only do you feel like you ‘have’ to adhere to certain standards of beauty, but it can actually hinder your success if you don’t. For some, that may be motivation enough. For others, like me, you have to be dragged kicking and screaming.

Don’t get me wrong, I love working out. Especially when I’ve reached the end of the work out. You feel fantastic right afterwards and the long term benefits are endless. You feel confident, there’s a glow to your skin, you feel healthy and more inclined to make good choices, the clothes you like look better on you, you have more energy, you feel strong, you live longer. But it never makes putting on those running shoes any easier when I’d much rather be laying on the couch eating spaghetti.

So for those of you who need a little extra motivation…I feel your pain. I really do. What works for me is having a partner in crime. Someone to suffer through it with, or at least complain to afterwards. It’s frustrating when you see all these Hollywood celebrities with their fantastic bodies or even people you know in your life who just look great with seemingly zero effort. Well the truth is, that is probably the biggest lie!

Suuuure, there are the freaks who just looooooove to exercise (and the genetically blessed few who don’t even need to- cuuuurse them). I’m not one of them. So I’ve decided to share with you motivating “fitspiration” quotes by the stars themselves, from the fitness-loving freaks of inspiration (I’m looking at you, Jessica Biel) to those who prove they are only human like the rest of us and that all it really comes down to is hard work and discipline (remember: personal trainers can’t do the work for you). I will also be posting work outs, fitness and health tips from yours truly when I can.

I am on the same journey as you are, people. It’s a daily struggle for me so I understand how important it is to be inspired to stay active and not fall into a negative cycle of guilt and self-hating.

SO LET’S GET OUR ASSES TO THE GYM!!! (or take classes at that dance studio, go for a hike, hit the pavement, swim, hot yoga, Pilates, raves, join a recreational sports team, whatever floats your boat)

Achieve your fitness goals. Aspire to finally fit into that skin-tight LBD or those skinny jeans you’ve been eyeing up, that you keep telling yourself, “One day…”.

And to quote Nike…

Yesterday you said tomorrow.

I’ll be with you every step of the way. Tears, bruises, sore muscles and all.

Love,

The Aspiring Actress.

Fitness + Health: Reese Witherspoon

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“If I never had to see the inside of a gym again, I’d be a very happy person. Even the idea of it, I hate. There’s people who love it and it’s just their thing. I can do it, and I can do it for my job because I’m really lucky to get this job and have a job so I will do it. But it’s not my first choice of morning activity.”- Reese Witherspoon

Every person in the entertainment industry, or really any industry that is somewhat based on how you present yourself, has felt it: The pressure to look your best…and a huge part of that pertains to your figure. Not only do you feel like you ‘have’ to adhere to certain standards of beauty, but it can actually hinder your success if you don’t. For some, that may be motivation enough. For others, like me, you have to be dragged kicking and screaming.

Don’t get me wrong, I love working out. Especially when I’ve reached the end of the work out. You feel fantastic right afterwards and the long term benefits are endless. You feel confident, there’s a glow to your skin, you feel healthy and more inclined to make good choices, the clothes you like look better on you, you have more energy, you feel strong, you live longer. But it never makes putting on those running shoes any easier when I’d much rather be laying on the couch eating spaghetti.

So for those of you who need a little extra motivation…I feel your pain. I really do. What works for me is having a partner in crime. Someone to suffer through it with, or at least complain to afterwards. It’s frustrating when you see all these Hollywood celebrities with their fantastic bodies or even people you know in your life who just look great with seemingly zero effort. Well the truth is, that is probably the biggest lie!

Suuuure, there are the freaks who just looooooove to exercise (and the genetically blessed few who don’t even need to- cuuuurse them). I’m not one of them. So I’ve decided I’m going to post entries of motivating “fitspiration” quotes by the stars themselves, from the fitness-loving freaks of inspiration (I’m looking at you, Jessica Biel) to those who prove they are only human like the rest of us and that all it really comes down to is hard work and discipline. I will also be posting work outs, fitness and health tips from yours truly when I can.

I am on the same journey as you are, people. It’s a daily struggle for me and I feel your pain.

SO LET’S GET OUR ASSES TO THE GYM!!! (or take classes at that dance studio, go for a hike, hit the pavement, swim, hot yoga, Pilates, raves, join a recreational sports team etc etc.)

Achieve your fitness goals. Aspire to finally fit into that skin-tight LBD you’ve been eyeing up, that you keep telling yourself, “One day…”.

And to quote Nike…

Yesterday you said tomorrow.

I’ll be with you every step of the way. Tears, bruises, sore muscles and all.

Love,

The Aspiring Actress.