Buddhability

Today’s episode is an in-depth conversation with actor Vinessa Shaw, who is known for her success as a child actor in movies such as Ladybugs and Hocus Pocus and then, as an adult, in Eyes Wide Shut and most recently, 12 Mighty Orphans, which is in theaters.

Vinessa has been practicing Buddhism since childhood, and today she shares her honest experience dealing with success at a young age, struggling with perfectionism and finding true self-worth.

She also shares advice on auditioning and rejection for actors, and her three favorite Buddhist quotes.

Show Notes

Today’s episode is an in-depth conversation with actor Vinessa Shaw, who is known for her success as a child actor in movies such as Ladybugs and Hocus Pocus and then, as an adult, in Eyes Wide Shut and most recently, 12 Mighty Orphans, which is in theaters.

Vinessa has been practicing Buddhism since childhood, and today she shares her honest experience dealing with success at a young age, struggling with perfectionism and finding true self-worth.

She also shares advice on auditioning and rejection for actors, and her three favorite Buddhist quotes.

CHEAT SHEET

1:59 Why Vinessa started practicing Buddhism
7:06 How she got into acting and the challenges of success as a child actor
24:28 The role that chanting played in dealing with depression and anxiety
33:45 What is self-esteem when you’re in the spotlight?
40:07 How Buddhism helped her navigate taking a break from acting
47:30 How she feels about acting now
51:38 How chanting helped her battle negative self-talk
57:32 Advice on rejection, especially for actors
64:01 Being in rhythm and how she got 12 Mighty Orphans
66:58 Three Buddhist quotes on believing in yourself

What is Buddhability?

The reality is, we’re already enlightened. It’s only as we face obstacles, stress and our own messiness that we start to forget it. This is a show about how to believe in yourself again, told by a community of Buddhists doing it everyday, and changing the world along the way. Hosted by journalist Jihii Jolly, who you might know from the popular SGI-USA podcast Buddhist Solutions for Life’s Problems, each week you’ll hear an honest conversation about real life and how to tap into your Buddhability. From relationships and dream jobs to lessons from psychology and activism, subscribe to Buddhability on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you get podcasts so you never miss an episode. For more stories, tips on practicing SGI Nichiren Buddhism, and our newsletter, visit www.buddhability.org.