In Episode 280, Trev steals a few minutes with two-time podcast alum and Camera Ready U creator David H. Lawrence XVII, to hear all about the comprehensive and immersive approach this kickass new course takes. (Plus: freebie alert!)
Then Trev sits down for the first half of an inspiring conversation with Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez (Wonder Woman, Fate of The Furious) to chat about freelancing as an actor, producer, and stunt person, why your reputation is your most valuable asset, and how and why we should always be investing in ourselves—and consistently adding to our own creative “bag of tricks.”
There’s a great book I revisit about once a year called The Slight Edge. It’s written by a guy named Jeff Olson—a guy who failed a bunch of times in various endeavors before eventually succeeding beyond his wildest dreams.
The book is built on one main premise: that it’s not talent, or information, or access to resources, or race or gender or luck or any “limiting” factor that’s makes the difference in one person succeeding where another fails. All of those things, for better or worse, are ubiquitous. We all have our own special blessings and curses to deal with.
And that’s what the book is about. Why can two people get the same exact training, but one slides back into squalor while the other succeeds wildly?
A person’s philosophy—their approach to life, to circumstances, to hardship and obstacles and gifts and time and energy—is the determining factor. In the case of The Slight Edge, it’s being mindful and intentional about the little things; what Jeff says are those things that are both easy to do, and easy not to do.
And perhaps no one on the podcast exemplifies a more empowered work and life philosophy than Michelle.
Take, for instance, something Michelle mentions: headshot drop-offs. Perhaps not so easy to do, but certainly easy not to do. Skip them for a few days or a week or two, and no big deal. Skip them for a few months or years… and we will have, most likely, cemented a career in stagnation.
Not because we didn’t do the rounds per se, but because we took the approach that, “Eh, one day or week or month isn’t gonna make all that much difference.”
Philosophy cuts both ways. The Slight Edge is always at work.
I think these three pull quotes from this week’s interview with Michelle say everything:
“This is a freelance industry. You have to do so much before people start recognizing your work and who and how you are on a set, until you reputation starts to precede you.”
“You have to have faith that your priorities are worth your time – worth making a small compromise on the bills. Because the payoff later on will be well worth it.”
“Nobody gives a crap about how many diplomas you have. What they care about is: can you deliver? And are you going to be easy to work with?”
That’s some IAP-speak, right there.
Michelle is quick to give credit to her parents for instilling in her a deep appreciation for work, discipline, and utility. But, as you’ll hear, an empowering and empowered philosophy can just as effectively be self-administered. Make it a morning thing, and start with just 10 minutes. It’s not about the material or even the career or the goals—it’s about the philosophy.
I hope you enjoy hearing from Michelle as much as I did.
Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t highlight the mini-segment with Camera Ready U creator David H. Lawrence XVII in this episode. Do check it out. Not kidding—that Last Minute Self-Record Audition Checklist is seriously killer.
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Picks of The Week for Episode 280:
- Rumble Roller (Trev) – A souped up foam roller. Magic for the body.
- Wonder Woman (AJ) – The hype is real.
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