I don’t know about you, but I can be really neurotic. Full of fear, anxiety and doubt. Especially when it comes to going after the things I really want.
It’s a problem we all face.
Ever let your fear talk you right out of taking action? I’ve done it. I’m sure you have too. It sucks. Because if you don’t take action, you can’t get what you want.
Well, this week, one of my clients did something amazing, hilarious, and brilliant.
It is such a proud moment for a coach when the client has a breakthrough, an idea, an inspiration and runs with it. And Lucas Van Engen did just that.
Here’s the scoop.
Lucas is a long time client that I’ve had the pleasure working with for many months now. (In fact, he was the inspiration for the this blog post too).
Lucas wants to book a festival bound indie film, so I suggested he simply pick up the phone and pitch himself to specific people he knew he wanted to work with.
Except for the frickin’ fear.
We had a coaching call about how much anxiety these phone calls were giving him. And the way he was describing his experience was…well…hilarious. Lucas is a naturally funny guy, with great comedic timing, and his tale of desperately hoping the call would go to voicemail had me laughing really hard. I thought, “this would be really funny to watch.” So I suggested he film his filmmaker phone calls. Terror and all.
For his first video, Lucas took the idea a step further. He decided to imagine and create exactly what he’s been afraid of. His worst-case-scenario nightmare.
That’s exactly what this video is. And it’s freaking hilarious.
This is one of my favorite examples of using your creativity and who you really are to inspire your marketing.
Here’s the description from Lucas’s tumbler page:
“This video is an envisioning of “what I’m afraid of.
For the past couple of months I’ve been tracking filmmakers online. If I like what I see, I cold call them, introduce myself, and try to start a dialogue. I think that’s what they call a hard sell in business. Don’t quote me on that. And correct me if I’m wrong.
These calls have been incredibly nerve racking. I keep asking myself, What am I so afraid of? What’s the worst that could happen? Is it my pride? The answer is yes. I’m terrified of losing my dignity.
I recently started filming these calls to capture the drama. So far, I’ve filmed two calls which I will release shortly. In the meantime, watch me take the hit for all the nervous actors with egos to protect.
Thanks to Emily Grace, my business coach, for giving me the idea of tracking and calling filmmakers and eventually filming those calls, and to Eric Feldman for being a d*ck on command.
One qualification: No time or effort whatsoever was put into the production quality of this video. Oh, I lied. I turned on two lights!
One note: In calls to filmmakers who don’t know they’re being filmed, I edit out names and distort voices if necessary.”
NOTE – No this is NOT REAL. It is purely fiction based on one man’s anxiety. Lucas Van Engen and Eric Feldman are friends in real life.
Lucas – I’m honored to watch you take these strategies and make them work for you. You took an idea, made it even better and took immediate action. It’s inspiring. Because knowing what to do doesn’t mean jack. You are one of the rare, committed individuals who actual implements, and I am so stoked to see what more you do with this. You rock, and you deserve all the success coming your way. Keep hustling.
This is a great reminder to side with your success, not with your fear. Fear is a tool for growth. Let it push you, stretch you, fuel you. Above all, never let it stop you.
Psst…are you an LA based actor? Ready to step up your game? I’m doing a one day only intensive workshop on Saturday June 23. Wanna come? Check it out here. Seats are super limited so don’t procrastinate! I’m serious.
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