Welcome back! Last week I showed you how to handle survivor’s guilt… as an actor. It can be really hard not feeling just a bit guilty for your friends when you’ve started to achieve some level of success, especially when they haven’t yet. This week, I’m switching it around and showing you what to do when you’re the one who hasn’t yet hit your goals… and you’re feeling a bit jealous.

Believe me, we all feel jealous at some point, but there is a right frame of mind you should be thinking about it, otherwise it can totally bring you down. You don’t want to get stuck in that negative frame-of-mind.

Remember actors- the role that your friend booked was not your role and there is a role for everyone. You’ll find your stride, I promise you, but don’t dwell on negativity when you should simply be happy for a friend who’s achieving their goals (not to mention keeping a possible connection down the line!)

What do you think? Have you ever been jealous of a friend? How did you (or are you GOING to) overcome it? Share your thoughts in the comments below with your community of actors- you probably aren’t the only one who feels like that.

Do you have a burning question you want me to cover in an episode of GuruTips for Actors? I’ll be answering YOUR questions the last Tuesday of every month, so be sure to send them in to [email protected]!

Until we all book a series!
Ajarae Coleman | Workshop Guru

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Ajarae Coleman is a working actress living in Los Angeles. You can see her 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 Netflix, and more. Ajarae founded Acting Resource Guru (ARG) in 2012 to give actors practical steps to book more work and take ownership of their careers. In 2020, Ajarae launched The Table, an exclusive online membership for actors who crave an artistic life that goes beyond just booking gigs. They are ready to make a greater impact, which looks like building communities of collaborators, creating their own opportunities, and developing residual income streams. Ajarae believes that actors play a huge role in bringing forth a reality where every being on the planet is safe and valued, and The Table empowers actors to claim their seat. Join the Interest List at ClaimASeat.com to be notified when the doors open for new members.


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