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Quotespiration # 26: Mark Ruffalo

“It’s been mythologised now but it started with about 600 auditions without success…most smart people would have quit when it takes that long.”

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– Mark Ruffalo (Emmy Award winning film and theatre actor; two-time Academy Awards nominee; Golden Globes nominee)

There comes a dreaded time in every creative’s life when fear overshadows hope. I was running away for a long time, unsure of what I was doing, why or if I should continue before I even ever really began. I gave myself excuses, telling myself I was too busy or tired or “not as talented as that other person”. But it’s all bullshit, and I know it. I’ve known it but I haven’t had the balls to face it. I’ve known that I’m scared and lazy, and I know that a change needs to be made.

Long story short, during my time away (one year now to be exact), I pondered every aspect of my life. “Do I miss it?” “Is it worth getting back into?” And the answer is, Yes. The answer is always yes. Even if you don’t believe it right now or lack the inspiration and motivation. Just do it. Just do it and see how it feels. Just do it and let that momentum guide you. And if even doing doesn’t inspire you, then perhaps your passions have changed. And that’s okay, it happens. People grow and evolve.

But if this is still what you want, then don’t let irrational fears overshadow your dreams. Don’t keep telling yourself “tomorrow” because you’ll be repeating that broken record until you’re dead. If you’re a perfectionist and overthink things like me, you’re never going to feel pretty enough, qualified enough, brave enough … but you can sure as hell pretend. At the end of the day, you only have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

Even if it’s takes 600 auditions. 600 classes. 600 free jobs. 600 hours, days, months. Be brave, suck it up, take some criticism, brush the dirt off your shoulder and keep going.

Yours Truly,

The Aspiring Actress.

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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.

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.