Wow, I never thought I would say those words. That word, magnetic, felt like someone or something I could never be. Well, that all changed as a result of Dallas Travers’ latest workshop, Acting 180.
At the top of the workshop, she had us pick a word that we’d like to feel for the day and I chose magnetic. Mostly because I wanted to challenge myself to feel something that felt so foreign to me, but also because I thought it would be incredible if I could have this feeling at my fingertips or in my heart, as the case may be.
Magnetic was the exact right word to choose! Once I got over my embarrassment about first, wanting to feel this way and second, never really feeling this way (ever!) I stepped into an overwhelming sense of empowerment. For the first time in a very long time, I simultaneously experienced and came to understand that feeling magnetic was really just a choice. I could step in and out of this feeling almost by snapping my fingers.
Dallas reminded us to choose each day how we’d like to feel and let our actions flow from that feeling. On the days that I have chosen to feel magnetic (and there have been quite a few lately) reaching out to people who in the past I thought were out of my league became easier. With this new-found ability to experience magnetism in the moment, the feelings of inadequacy have been kept at bay. Now this is not a magic bullet that turns everything golden. I still have my bad days and moments, but I much more easily regroup and move forward, instead of stewing in my own juices.
During recent auditions and classes, I have been trying on this magnetic feeling. Once almost paralyzed by fear walking into those rooms, I now feel a sense of independence and confidence. I feel complete and able to handle whatever is thrown my way, without a sense of arrogance or entitlement. I can truly be in service, which is why I act in the first place. To share my stories with the world, so I can provoke, inspire and educate.
This workshop is just one of the many services Dallas offers through the Thriving Artist Circle. She has a wealth of knowledge about marketing for actors and coaches. I encourage you to check her out at the Thriving Artist Circle.