When Your Circumstances Suck

What are your current circumstances?

You know, the ones that are holding you back from achieving anything GREAT in Hollywood.

Are you low on money? LA is hella expensive.

Do you lack a network of connections? They say LA is all about who-you-know.

No resources? 

Feeling alone?

Low on energy?

Lack knowledge?

Lack representation?

There are a million ways your circumstances could suck right now. 

And you may feel that all of them are reasons why you aren't where you want to be in your career.

I know I've felt that way before. Especially when it comes to M-O-N-E-Y.

But I've got some good news. (And some bad news.)

Let's start with the bad news first:

You are responsible for your circumstances.

I have some good news too, remember?

You are responsible for your circumstances.

If you've been following me for some time, you know about my obsession with Jack Canfield and, particularly, his book The Success Principles.

Chapter 1 is about Responsibility. And yes, that needed a capital R.

When I first read it, my mind was blown.

It was as if Jack spoke directly to me and said, "You are responsible for your life, Erica!" and then dropped the mic.

Ever since that moment, I've viewed my circumstances differently.

Whatever circumstances you're currently in that you don't like, can be changed.

And the only one who can change them is Y-O-U.

If you are low on money, find a way to bring in more income (and monitor your spending). Get a higher paying job, get a second job, sell stuff on eBay, be an affiliate for Amazon. There are so many more ways to make money today than there were 10 years ago.

If you don't have a network, get out there and start meeting people. Attend events, participate in Social Media conversations, send cold emails, ask your friends and family for possible connections, join my free Facebook community. The internet has made networking easier than ever.

No resources?

Tony Robbins says, "You don't need resources. You just need to be resourceful."

There are many stories of people finding success after living through circumstances that are much worse than what you're currently experiencing.

J.K. Rowling was "jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless," before Harry Potter was published.

Oprah was sexually abused as a child.

Jim Carrey had to quit high school to get a job to support his family.

Your circumstances don't define you.

And they can't stop you from finding success unless you let them.

You have more power than you realize.

It's time to OWN that power and take responsibility for your life.

You may find yourself in circumstances that don't serve your dreams.

What are you going to do about it?

Jack Canfield's famous equation states: E + R = O

Events + Response = Outcome

This means that events will happen in your life, but it's how you RESPOND to those events that will create your outcome.

It's easy to blame your outcome on someone else—it's your manager's fault, or the industry's fault.

When you blame others for your outcomes, you're keeping yourself where you are.

Stop waiting for someone to change your circumstances for you.

Take responsibility, change your response, and watch your outcomes change.

Want to find success in a Hollywood career?

Change your circumstances.

Be resourceful.