Sometimes audition preparation can get discouraging. I always find a week or two before the big day I especially need a bit of an external boost. Movies, books, TV shows, speeches... whatever works. Below are some motivational materials I'm currently into. 

The Right Stuff
book and movie
Tom Wolfe book about the pilots engaged in U.S. postwar research with experimental rocket-powered, high-speed aircraft, and the stories of the first Project Mercury astronauts selected for the NASA space program. This is both a favorite movie and book of mine and always is a go-to when I need a little boost. 
get on Amazon
read on iBooks
watch on iTunes

Stephen Colbert's 2010 Northwestern University Commencement Speech
YouTube video
This is probably my favorite video on the internet. I re-watch it just about every year and something new sticks out to me or means something more deeply to me each time. Important insight on dreams and service. 
watch here

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
Who better to look to regarding dreams than the biggest dreamer and innovator of our time? A big proponent of thinking outside of the box. 
get on Amazon
read in iBooks

20 Best Commencement Speeches
website article
This Esquire article links to the YouTube videos of twenty fantastic commencement speeches. I am a big sucker for a great commencement speech, as there is often no greater time of possibility, encouragement, and a dare to dream! 
read here

The Will to Win by Robert Herjavec
Business mogul, entrepreneur, and star of Shark Tank on his path to success and the tools that got him where he is today. It's all about staying driven, taking risks, and staying true to your goals. 
get it on Amazon
read on iBooks

Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
While Herjavec's book is about winning, Brown's books are about courage. Not about winning or losing but about learning to be vulnerable in order to be truly courageous. All of her books are great and these two are a good stepping-off point. (She also has a wonderful TED talk on The Power of Vulnerability).
get Daring Greatly on Amazon
get The Gifts of Imperfection on Amazon
read Daring Greatly in iBooks
read The Gifts of Imperfection in iBooks



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