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What's more exciting than fame?

The true thrill of working as an actor.

I don't know if you've ever been to an acting class in your life. If you haven't, you probably think that the thrill, the "kick", is in fame, in having the biggest amount of lines, in being "the main character".

If you have, you'll probably remember that it's totally not the case.
The real thrill happens when someone is doing a scene, and a "moment" happens. That moment people laugh. Or say "oooh". And applaud. That moment that will be commented in the cafeteria, in class next week, as an example by the teacher in the next term.

And maybe it happened when there wasn't even a play being rehearsed, maybe it was just a loose scene, with no hierarchy of importance between anyone.

This, to me, has always been so exciting, so powerful... it's magical. This moment of unfiltered truth, of someone letting go of masks and protective layers. Of someone rendering the audience in awe by being original, authentic, and so true to themselves.

I got obsessed with the science behind these moments. From my early years as an acting student, I asked the teachers to be their assistant director.

Didn't take long until I jumped into directing, myself. You realize you got something when you see what someone else (the director) is doing, and know you can do better. When you see the better way.

And then I got into teaching acting, and coaching actors, and using those techniques to run workshops for non-actors, around creativity, confidence, active listening, and step out of their shell and tap into their authentic selves.

"It's so liberating!" - was always the feedback.

What a difference from that kind of work to the corporate job!


How could I do what I love AND travel the world?

Working in a school, working FOR a school, had the downside of being limiting. When I saw that even personal trainers could work online, I thought "wow, so can I!"

I started by coaching actors via Skype. And then I thought why not organizing in-person worskops in the cities I visited?

I didn't have any audience, so I started out in community centers, running pay-as-you-feel  workshops, until I was known enough to fill rooms.

And since I was leaving soon, everyone who was interested could continue to work with me online! 

Never take negative advice

from people who've never done what you're trying to do

I've always wanted to travel the world.
I remember when I was 14, instead of a big "sweet 16" party, I wanted to travel. 
My mom said that it was a dangerous world and I was too young and traveling alone was crazy and out of question. 
I had one of those cork panels in my room, but instead of boy band cut-outs, I had it bordered with little flags from as many countries as would fit, I drew them all myself. 
I grew up feeling like I was just spinning in the vortex of society: study, get in a top league university, land a job in a multinational corporation, work hard to be promoted, marry and buy a house, and if you're lucky you can take the kids to Disneyworld for 2-3 weeks a year. 
I was surrounded by so many people for whom this was exactly the plan, the ultimate and incontestable definition of success, that my Authentic Voice started to silence. 
But I knew that my tribe had to be somewhere. "My kind of people" couldn't just be "something you only see in the movies". 
I eventually moved to Barcelona to follow a dream, but I had no idea how to go about it. I spent 4 years there. Then I moved to London. And after 5 years, I realized I had just been swapping one city for the other, but the lifestyle was exactly the same: wake up. Go to work. Go back home. Unwind. Sleep. Rinse. Repeat. 
Something major had to happen to shake me and slap me back to life: I realized, from the bottom of a very dark pit (metaphoric, though), that I had been for 4 years with a psychopath. 
Snapping out of that toxic relationship awakened me. 
I realized that every day, there are people setting out to live the same dreams I have and make them true for themselves, and there are people who will always postpone and find an excuse not to. I got terrified at the idea that I might be with the latter group. 
And I decided it was time to start living my life with the same passion I had before all the "no's", "it's impossible's", and "it's not for you's". 
Today I'm extremely happy, because I finally quit my 9-to-6 (or 7...) job and set free to travel the world. 
I've backpacked for a whole year, I've been to 9 different countries since, and I have no intention of "going back home" (wherever that is, at this point), anytime soon.
I've been much happier as a digital nomad than I'd been in any sleek, high-end office, and I even worked as an actress, workshop facilitator and theatre director in many countries, from the UK, to Spain, to Brazil to Australia!
Everyone has their own lifestyle preferences and life priorities, but one thing is for certain: it always feels right when you're living your authentic dream. I needed this journey to start helping others as well, empowering people to take back the reins of their lives. 
Today, besides an actress, I'm also a coach, helping people to get back in touch with their inner truth and be Free to Exist. 

Everyone has their own desert to cross. May your journey leave footprints wherever you want to imprint your foot!

I'm a digital nomad, freedom ambassador and adventure junkie. Back in the day, I had learned that the path to success was:

study > stand out in college > land a job in a multinational corporation > work there for 50 years > enjoy life in your retirement.
And that to be anything else you'd need to have been blessed with some sort of divine talent or be filthy rich.

Today I travel the world (my life-long dream!) making my mission to jack people out of the Matrix. Seriously. I make my mission to help you step into their leadership, ​create connections, inspire people, ​​and unleash a fearless life of purpose and success, on their own terms.​

Welcome to the tribe. You are Free2Exist.

with Cristina Lark