(thanks Laura Lewis)
I do a full Life Aspects Summary (see chart on #2) on every one of my characters. It drives the facts of their lives deeper into my consciousness. We spend a lot of time searching for the souls of our characters, making distinctions between what they are aware of and what they are not aware of. I know if it can work for imaginary characters, it can certainly work for real people, too.
In a play, a film or any story if the majority of a character's time is spent doing something they are not suited for, it creates pressures in their bodies, pressures in their lives in general and then they'll act out those pressures in appropriate and often in appropriate ways. Each discovery is a great adventure and sometimes it's messy. And so it is in real life, too.
Yesterday was HEALTH.
Today we go back to #1.
Self Actualization and Career
This is a touchy subject in the middle of the highest
unemployment rate since the Great Depression.
I realize that. Self Actualization comes way after survival
on Maslow's hierarchy of needs.
The only thing I can share is that for
many people I know, even though this recession isn't pretty, this
is giving them the chance to look deeper inside themselves
to re-create their careers. It's slow and it's challenging, and
the results will be worth it.
If you are in basic survival mode right now, please know
it is only temporary.
Here is a question for this area of your life:
Are you getting to use all of your talents and skills in
your work? If "yes" good for you! If not, now is the
time to consider how you might be able to create that.
Here are a few more questions to get you started.
Do you feel you are doing what you were born to do?
If not, what do you feel you were born to do?
Do you notice when you are happiest?
Are you in a transition stage for your career?
If so, what would you like the next stage of your career to be?
What are your technical gifts and skills?
What are your emotional gifts and skills?
Who are you most inspired by?
I've met countless people who have added their additional,
joyful skills to their work and are happier because of it.
I've also met numerous people who have transitioned their
careers at age 40 and up. It's not easy, but they do report
feeling deeply rewarded. If they can do it, you can do it.
Being an actress and producer at this point and time in history is
perfect for me. The technological tools available now to actors and
producers are better than ever. The opportunities to learn from countless
numbers of experts from all over the world with just a few keystrokes
is like a dream come true for me.
The fact that Social Media gives me an opportunity to flex
my sales and marketing skills and apply them to my film, television
and new media projects is a ton-o-fun for me. So both halves of
my brain are finally happy.
Transitions are easier when you have someone to assist you.
These are some of my favorite Career / Self Actualization links:
Fired Up Careers: http://www.firedupcareers.com/index.html
Career Counseling: http://www.marinoandassociates.com/wordpress
C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles: http://www.junginla.org/
(there is a Jungian Instititute in almost every major city in the world.)
Transition Coaches: http://thetransitioncoach.com/transition.html