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About Resilient Actor

Why We Do What We Do

Actors are professional feelers.

As actors, we are vehicles for vulnerability, emotion, and experience. We feel for a living. This makes us susceptible to taking on the stress of our roles and career.

At the same time, most of us are never taught how to harness and navigate our emotional experiences, on and off the stage. This leaves many actors stuck in perpetual states of stress.

That's where brain training comes in.

Using deliberate mental practices, we can train our brains to build resilience and inner resources to be able to safely navigate our emotional worlds, prevent taking on the traumas of our roles, reconnect with the joy of what we do, and make acting a long-lasting and healthy career.

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The Resilient Actor wasĀ founded by Emilie Leyes, an actor, singer, brain training specialist and hypnosis practitioner.

About the Founder


Emilie Leyes (she/they) is a NYC-based actor, singer, brain training specialist, and hypnosis practitioner. After learning about the power of brain training to navigate and recover from her own chronic illness, Emilie made it her mission to develop resilience-based tools for actors to protect their mental and physical wellbeing and enhance their access to creativity, joy, and flow in their work.

She holds a B.A. in Acting and Vocal Performance from Muhlenberg College. For the last 4+ years, she has been researchingĀ the intersections of neuroplasticity, acting, and psychophysiology (mind-body connection). She has a master's degree in Mind-Body Medicine, and is certified in Positive Neuroplasticity and Positive Psychology, and Clinical Hypnosis.

Emilie Leyes

We believe justice is not only an end goal, but a practice.

It’s not enough to make a statement. It’s not enough to show support. It’s not enough to be aware. Frankly, even deliberate, planned action is not enough. But it’s a place to start.

Black Lives Matter.

We believe in equity with respect to every dimension possible, including race, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, gender, gender expression and identity, ability, class, age, style, spirituality, appearance, health status, language, geography or relationship status. Not only do we believe in equity, but we believe in uplifting and amplifying underrepresented and historically excluded communities, especially in the artistic spaces which we occupy.

We invite our stakeholders - our clients, our employees and anyone with whom we come in contact - to hold us accountable to these ideals, using your lenses, not ours.

We believe justice is not only an end goal, but a practice.


Download our free guided audition meditation to calm your nerves and prepare for a resilient audition

This short guided practice will train your brain to create new, positive associations with auditions