Time To Get Fit! Week One: Mind | #FitnessForActors Series Vol. 1 | Workshop Guru
Happy Tuesday Actors! I am so excited to announce the new series on #GuruTips For Actors. In the past I’ve talked about best practices, including getting representation, audition preparation, healthy eating on and off set, and today I wanted to talk about the most important instrument we have as actors: ourselves!

Today I sat down with one of my good friends, Coley Mustafa Speaks of SS3D Fit Club to talk about fitness for actors. It’s vital that we keep our bodies healthy, but what does that really mean? What does “fitness” actually mean for you?

Coley breaks it down into three easy parts that we’ll be explaining in the next three videos, so be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a single post!

Coley gave you all a challenge this week. I’ve already got my copy of As A Man Thinketh and Think And Grow Rich, so I’m ready to join!

(They both cost literally one dollar, so you have no excuses!)

Now it’s your turn! Are you taking Coley’s challenge head on? And what are your tips for keeping mentally fit? Share in the comments below and help your fellow community of actors! (Plus each comment enters you to win an exclusive Workshop Guru prize!)

I know that you have lots of questions, and I want to make it easy for you to get them answered. Do you have a burning question that you want me to answer in Guru Tips For Actors? Email us your questions and we’ll address it in a future #GuruTips episode!

Now let’s see some reading!

Ajarae Coleman | Workshop Guru

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Ajarae is an actress and entrepreneur living in Los Angeles. She founded Workshop Guru in 2012, which expanded into Acting Resource Guru in 2017, to help actors save time and money on classes and workshops, and give them a powerful voice by publishing anonymous actor reviews of acting schools, casting directors, talent agencies and management companies. You can see Ajarae on shows like ABC’s SCANDAL, REVENGE, PRIVATE PRACTICE, and THE CATCH, CBS’s THE McCARTHYS, 2 BROKE GIRLS, and NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, NBC’s DAYS OF OUR LIVES, TNT’s PERCEPTION, I'M SORRY on TruTV, and more. She raised over $17,000 and co-created an action comedy television show called SMACK Unit, currently has national commercials running, and has cultivated rewarding relationships with her agents and manager.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Great video and I agreed with everything Coley says. I have Think and Grow Rich in my library of books but never got around to reading it so I will now for sure. Personally, there was a time when my mind was taking over all my acting choices and this affected my confidence badly. Unsurprisingly, I never booked anything during that period. So I decided to step away from acting and decided to learn fire poi (YouTube it to see videos but it’s basically twirling 2 balls of fire at the end of a chain). What surprised me from learning this new skill that I can now add to my resume, is not only the confidence it gave me but the peace of mind. Strange you’d think since I’m literally playing with fire. What happened to my mind is that I stopped trying to control things and just started trusting my instincts, my muscle memory and myself – that I knew what I was doing and to be present in the moment. And this made me feel so calm. The upshot is that I started booking more because I came into the room completely open to whatever was going to be thrown at me and trusting the skills that I knew I had. I guess taking my mind away from the end goal actually made me calmer. Of course, I also read. A lot! And I’m always learning something new. Latest project: learning sign language. Keep up with the videos, they’re great! 🙂

  2. This is very true about keeping the mind active by reading. It is also important for other important medical related reasons. I
    am not able to read any books now,however am constantly reading journals,articles,etc. on acting mostly now. Thus I am getting my mental workout indeed!

    Thank You

  3. Hi!
    It’s an interesting coincidence – or maybe not one – that I just got “As a man thinketh” three days ago. I haven’t touched it, yet, since I’m still reading something else. I do love to read. Not only it’s a kind of “zen” time, for me, but, being a curious person, I enjoy learning about different subjects and/or feeding my imagination.
    I also have fun adding new skills to my bag of tricks.
    I agree with you, guys, in that as humans, we need a well-rounded integration of mind, body and soul. And as artists, we can’t really do without.
    I’ve been learning some business skills and want to get back in shape and improving in martial arts.
    So… I’m curious to see what Coley will propose next week, as for “body”! 😉

  4. It’s so funny how things like that happen! Looking forward to hearing what you think of the book. And I’m looking forward to week 2 as well!

  5. This is a great story! Yes, thank you for this Georgia! Letting go…being free…and trusting yourself is key to self-empowerment. All things can work in your favor if you choose to believe and see the opportunities. It sounds like that is exactly what happened when you transferred your lessons of the “fire” to your craft in the room. Awesome!

    Best of Luck!

  6. You are so awesome! I do not believe I have read through anything
    like that before. So great to discover somebody with a few genuine thoughts on this subject.
    Seriously.. thanks for starting this up. This site is one thing
    that is required on the web, someone with a bit of originality!

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