We had the good fortune of connecting with Vanessa Lynn Rancourt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vanessa Lynn, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I believe that in order to find your work life balance, you first have to explore your extremities and that’s what your 20’s are for haha. I used to overwork myself, taking no days off thinking that was the ”work ethic” mindset one had to have in order to succeed. The truth is I still work just as much today but I’ve learn to nourish my energy while doing it. Yes you absolutely need to have a stronger work ethic than average if you want to achieve more than the average but you need to learn how to balance your energy to the right places and the right people. I’ve always been a strong believer that if you take care of your mental and physical health combined with truly loving what you do then you will never run out of energy and be able to maintain a healthy balance while achieving your wildest goals.
Having a baby and becoming a single mother also forced me into finding a new stability. Some days are harder than others. My routines constantly change and it’s challenging but I’ve learn to center myself back when I get lost.
That being said, I have crazy goals and objectives, therefore my work life balance can seem to be intense to the eyes of some people. That is why I think it’s important to understand that we all have our very own, based on our vision of what success is. As long as you truly listen to what your body and mind need, then your balance will work itself naturally.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I studied acting in Los Angeles for several years and in 2016, I moved to Montreal and founded the acting school House of Actors. At only 26 years old, it made me the youngest acting coach in the city, which came with many challenges such as the imposter syndrome and fighting harder to prove my credibility. I had to not only think outside the box but stand outside of it. Having established relationships with some of Hollywood’s elite I knew I wanted to share the benefits with my students. In 4 short years I was able to grow it into one of the most coveted hot spots for young artists in town.
What I am most proud of is to see the impact that the school has had on the students over the years. Not only are they starting to book work, but they are more and more connected to their true selves and blossoming into better version of themselves. That to me is real success. If myself or my school can play a part in bringing the slightest bit of positivity in ones life, then I am happy.
It’s a delicate business and it’s a delicate job to be an acting coach. I’ve learned that I can only teach who I truly am and that my truth does not have to be my student’s truth. I can only ask of my students and colleagues what I can do myself. Share who I am as a teacher with as much authenticity and vulnerability as I can so they can trust to do the same.
I guess what I mostly want people to know about House of Actors is that we have a crazy work ethic and we will challenge you but always with a foundation of love and trust.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Of course the beach! The beautiful beaches in Malibu. I would also have them hike to the Hollywood sign for a once in a lifetime view of the city. A must stop would be the 101 cafe but unfortunately it has closed during the pandemic. We would stop for dinner at Aroma on Sunset Boulevard before heading to the Laugh Factory for a night of stand up comedy. Driving down the coast from Malibu to the O.C while blasting our favorite 90’s -2000’s music!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
So many people to thank and be grateful for: My son for being the most beautiful challenge of my life. I owe a big part of my success to my parents. I’ve inherited my mother’s wisdom and my fathers drive and work ethic. My dear and longtime friend OSO Sean for believing in me. My friends for supporting me in my crazy adventures and of course all of my students and HOA family who remind me every single day why I do what I do.
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