find articles by Author

Pep Talk: The Audible Books You Need to Survive the Entertainment Industry


How many times have you been in your car, frustrated, second guessing, or just generally bummed? The erratic nature of the business we have chosen not only has us constantly commuting to all kinds of locations, but has us in our car in various states of mind. So here are a few of the books that you can have on hand when you truly need a pep talk or let’s face it just a good laugh. Stay calm. Remember you are a Bad Ass and give yourself a break.

  1. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert was always the women who wrote “Eat Pray Love” to me. And while I liked the film, and never read the book she wasn’t quite on my radar until a friend suggested this book. After downloading it on audible I truly had no idea what to expect, but never did I expect to be so completely changed by this book. From creative to creative she explains how she deals with rejection, doubts, and those all too often missed ideas that someone else jumps on before you. Truly something that should be on everyone’s play list for those days you are beating yourself up and not allowing your creative nature to flow. In a kind and fun way this story will bring you back into the flow of things.

  1. You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

Another one of these life changing books. Get ready to stop giving excuses, cause Jen’s about to call you on it. Yes, we are creative. Yes, we take chances. But are we doing it in a way that serves us? Are we doing it for the right reasons? This book really puts your goals and what you want from the universe into perspective and what it takes for the Universe to listen. Cause you know, your success, it’s just waiting on you.

  1. I Can’t make this up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart

I love Kevin Hart so much more now than I ever did before. I love the chances he took on himself, the balance between discipline and taking a chance on yourself, the giving nature of a person who remembers how it is to struggle, and most importantly when it’s time to just bet on yourself. He’s hilarious, he’s lived a life, and you will truly appreciate hiss efforts and see yourself in his struggles and triumphs.

  1. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

The most polite comedian around shares her journey with the world. How she still says “Please” even as she’s trailblazing a highly male industry. How she found love during her journey, and then found it again. What I took away from this book is that being a force in this industry doesn’t make you negative or rude. You can balance being a good person and being a killer business woman.

  1. Bossy Pants by Tina Fey

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler may be besties, but their approach and take on the world is vastly different. Which quite frankly is refreshing. In her autobiography, Tina Fey discusses her life as a woman who had confidence, believed in herself and wasn’t afraid to be called the infamous B word. Inspiring and another look at how women can make it in comedy by being their genuine selves.

Anastasia Washington

About Anastasia Washington

Anastasia Washington is an actress, writer, producer, director, curvy positive model, and I’m sure there’s some other things she does. You can listen in to her awesome podcasts “Legion of Leia”, “Nerd Up or Shut Up”, “Its Probably Aliens”, “Geek Girl Social Club”, “Nerds in Lala Land” on iTunes and more! With over 30 years in the biz as an actor, performer, comedian, singer, she brings the honesty and laughs. You can follow her on twitter at @AnastasiaW on instagram at @Anastasiawash and on her hilarious Youtube Channel Anastationtv! Or head on over to for all things Anastasia.