Looking Back to Look Forward

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As I begin writing what could possibly be my last MITB blog ever (Official Announcement), I can’t help but reflect on the evolution of my life and career that I’ve shared here with this community.

3 years, 36 blogs written and a whole lot of growth.

When MITB first began, I had just returned to LA after an extended hiatus on the east coast, and found myself re-entering the LA scene wiser, but in some ways more cautious.  I found myself containing the  risk-taker that resides in my soul, and focusing on the task at hand. Survive in LA.

I was terrified that all of the soul-searching and journeying to self-love and wellness that I had worked on, would slip away against the hills of Hollywood, and I would find myself “down and out” again.  Instead, what happened was I created and grew a thriving side-business, that although I resisted it at first, just wouldn’t go away.   The demand for my skills grew, and the referrals and clients have been on a steady stream for 3 years now, and so I’ve embraced it.

In the process, I strengthened my negotiating skills, refined my communication skills, aligned myself with incredible people and projects, and learned the power of non-attachment. You see, as an actor, we are selling ourselves, we are the product, and let me tell you, it is difficult to practice non-attachment when you are literally and figuratively attached to the product.

My crowdfunding business, even tho it’s still entertainment based, was something I found I had no attachment to.   I clearly saw that my knack for crowdfunding, was impressive.  My talent was a gift, and the proof was in my consistently successful campaigns. However at the same time, I could just as easily walk away from a client or a project because my heart was never fully invested.  I was being hired to complete a job, not a deep-held dream.

This experience, this knowledge, has now translated into my acting career, and the results are incredible. In my last blog, I wrote that I had been going on more auditions in the first few months of 2016 than I had in years, and the amazing thing is, that that trend has continued. In fact, I believe I’ve had more auditions (including a network TV callback), these past few months, than I’ve had in the previous 5 years!

So what changed? Besides embracing my grey hairs and increasingly curvy Mom-bod, I simply LET GO of attachment AND sunk deeper into the knowingness that I am talented. I started listening to the feedback I was getting from acting coaches, classmates, casting directors, and others that had witnessed my work, and for once in my life, I actually started to believe that I was good, that I was worth it and that I deserved this career that I’ve worked so hard for.

I love the Indie community, I was cast and shot 2 Indie feature films, this year, and a few months ago, I assembled a tiny, but mighty team, to produce a micro-budget short film in my own home. (Puppet Trailer). It feels good to be creating my own work, but it feels GREAT to be auditioning on a regular basis.  For the first time in a long time, I feel like I am on the team, sitting in the dug-out about to bat, instead of the bleachers!

There is something so powerful about owning your awesomeness.

Additionally, when Ms. In The Biz began, I wrote blogs about my journey to self-love,  Weighing In, and if I’m to be honest, I’m still on that journey, but I’m getting better every day.  I’ve been seeing a nutritionist, I’ve lost a little more weight, but more importantly I’ve established a support system and opened up a conversation and dialogue in the Industry, that wasn’t so easy to talk about 3 years ago. I’ve also recently began a 200hr yoga teacher training  course which finds me diving even deeper into self-love and transformation.

And of course, I also blogged a little bit about love and dating, and this week I began filming for a Reality Docu-Series called Radical Dating– “Breaking thru the Barriers to Finding Love Over 40”… yep, I am 42, and still single, but not for long!   I am committed to being OPEN to the relationship coaching that the show is providing, and being committed to the action steps that my coach will be assigning me. All, while being filmed!  Wowzers , can you say vulnerability?!

So as we close this era of Ms. In The Biz, I look back with great pride with all that we as a community have accomplished, and I smile at all of the many personal strides I have also made, and in part, that is because I have had such an amazing support system here at MITB.

At the end of the day, believe in yourself, work hard, stay focused, and surround yourself with a positive community, and to quote Dr. Seuss, “Will you succeed?!  Yes, you will, 98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.”

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Leah Cevoli

About Leah Cevoli

Actor / Producer / Writer / Public Speaker - Leah Cevoli has worked in-front of and behind the camera as an actress, host, and producer of film, television, and web, including appearances on high profile tv shows like My Name is Earl, and Deadwood. As a voice actor, she is most notably known for having voiced 30+ characters on Robot Chicken. A professional live event host, Leah has hosted 1000s of rock n roll concerts and charity fundraisers. Leah is a regular panelist at workshops and conventions, and the founder of “All Shapes and Sizes Welcome! Body Image & Women’s Issues in Entertainment.”, a travelling group of women who have been interviewed on FOX News and CNN and speak at conventions nationwide. Leah also offers practical one-on-one sit-downs to discuss your career road-map, point you in the right direction, and get you moving via her Coffee Chat Consultations, and has a reputation for crowdfunding success and social media magic. To date, Cevoli has managed 15 campaigns and has raised over $1,000,000. She is also an experienced yogi, a beginner fire dancer, and a certified Reiki master practitioner.