Once upon a time I was an actor. I worked hard, networked, created, studied,
and struggled along with all the other actors in the industry... But gradually,
like the slow tearing off of a band aid, I gave up performing. I found that my
work as a personal trainer and yoga instructor was not only paying my bills,
but it was a more rewarding path for me personally. Part of me thought that I
was about to let all those years of dedication to the performing arts go to
waste. But as I built a business, I realized that the skills I used as an actor
were helping me succeed. I attribute my business’ success on the principles I learned
as an actor (and hiring others who share the same principles). What is it that
translates from the performing arts to the fitness industry so well?
As an actor I was taught that if you are not 5 minutes early, then you are
late. I had 50 other talented and qualified actors waiting in the wings to take
my job, so I was sure to professionalism a priority. Performers are, in fact,
running a small business. They carry marketing materials such as head shots and
business cards everywhere they go. Their style, attitude, and commitment to the
profession is key. They have to be on time, organized, and ready to execute on the
task at hand. Either that or they are replaced.
This way of thinking has benefited
me as I have grown Mind Body Fitness from the ground up, and this level of
professionalism is what I look for in the people I hire. That's why I can
proudly say that we have grown from a one woman show to a 11 person cast in a
few years. We could not have done that without being hyper-professional.
For any performer, the body is your
instrument. It needs to be fine-tuned. Health, self-care, fitness, and
nutrition are priorities to the intelligent performers. If the body is not functioning
correctly, then the performer is out of work. Not only do they know how to care for
themselves, but they also know how to carry themselves, move through space, and
use correct alignment. When I am teaching a yoga class I can always spot an
actor or dancer before they even mention it to me. They have true body awareness. This is an essential trait for anyone
working in the health and fitness industry. Our clients look to us for guidance
and inspiration. The ability to demonstrate
and lead by example is a must.
Ability to connect
The beautiful thing about actors,
dancers, and singers is that they often have the ability to genuinely connect
to those around them. They make friends
with others. They make people feel comfortable, and they create an atmosphere
of acceptance, collaboration, and encouragement. I truly believe that’s why a majority of our
clients stick with their program. They enjoy the time spent with their
trainer. It is not a chore. It is not
torture. Instead, it is an enjoyable part of their weekly routine. They are working together with their trainer
to create a work of art… Themselves!
I am so grateful for all my life experiences, and how they help me to grow. There are some things I miss about
my previous career. One day I may
revisit the stage, but for now the work I am doing is fun, rewarding, and a
continuous learning process, much like life as an actor.