Disney made waves by casting Halle Bailey as The Little Mermaid. Is this a clarion call for more diversity and inclusion in the film industry? As a former Ariel and a professor of acting, I take a personal and honest look at our cultural obsession with mermaids, the controversy surrounding Bailey’s casting, implications for the future of casting in the industry, and how educators can better prepare young actors to transcend limitations.
This article was originally published on April 5, 2019 in The Creativity Post. https://www.creativitypost.com/arts/acting-and-the-paradox-of-perfectionhttps-www.creativitypost.com-index.php-cms-actions-entries-shareentry-entryid-22019-locale-en_us Lights up to reveal a typical dormitory room set. Julian bangs on the door from backstage. His scene partner crosses from the bed to open it, finding him in a pose that on the other actors had been funny, engaging, and … Continue reading Acting and the Paradox of Perfection
How Using Our Talents in Service of Others May Help Keep Obsessive Passion in Check by Kim Wimmer So, I have this… friend who felt called to express herself and impact others through the performing arts. She’d always wanted to be a great actor and singer. She spent the first 30-something years of her life … Continue reading The Passion Paradox
Politisick--video There are many things about Las Vegas that do not suit me. I’m not a gambler. I loathe tobacco smoke. I’m not a fan of the desert or the heat that comes with it. What’s more, walking through those casinos wallops me with a one-two punch of sensory and empathy overload. But one of … Continue reading Politisick: The struggle to overcome learned helplessness in a political circus where survivors’ voices don’t seem to matter
This article was first published on PositivePychologyNews.com. https://positivepsychologynews.com/news/kim-wimmer/2018093039298 I suppose I was a pretty cynical six-year-old. Granted, my childhood had been less than ideal, to put it mildly, and largely solitary. There’s no doubt that I had to grow up too fast. I learned to entertain myself. It was the mid-seventies and I adored rock … Continue reading Mister Rogers and the Trophy Culture Myth
The Invincible Creative Intensive begins March 5th, 2018. Suffering for your art is SO 2017. Being a successful performing artist or creative is about so much more than your craft. But you don't have to sacrifice your happiness and well-being to "make it." Isn't it time to thrive? Artists and creatives are, in many … Continue reading What if you could have the creative career of your dreams AND love your life while you’re at it?
Dear Friends, Many of you I see daily, others of you, I love from afar. I have been blessed by a network of loving, caring, championing friends. If you know me, you’re likely aware that I always knew I was meant to be a performer. To act. To sing. To make art in whatever way … Continue reading The Long and Winding Road…
Do you wish you could walk in and out of every audition with unshakeable confidence... & love your life while you craft the career you've always wanted and worked for? This 3 month course takes you through The Resilience Compass — a research-based well-being model that takes a deep dive into cultivating the essential bullet-proof … Continue reading The Invincible Actor Intensive Begins June 12th
I am beyond excited to offer this free online live experience for actors and other performers. May I ask you a few questions? Do you feel like you invest all of your time and money working on your craft only to see lesser actors booking jobs while you can't get to producers? Do you self-sabotage before … Continue reading Free 5 Day Challenge Starts May 8
My name is Kim Wimmer and I am an educator, writer, actor, singer, and speaker in Los Angeles. I teach acting and chair the theatre department at The Young Americans College for the Performing Arts. I am a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) degree.