Episode 10

Published on:

10th May 2023

The Power of Being Yourself: How I booked Arlington Road

Hello listeners!

Welcome to yet another invigorating episode of "Confessions of an Aging Ingénue." I'm your Aging Ingénue, Jenni Tooley, and I'm exceptionally thrilled to have you join me today.

I'm so stoked to have you here for episode 10. Can you believe it's already our tenth adventure together?

Before we dive into the unknown, a quick invite to our confessional nights every first Wednesday of the month. Join us at jennitooley.com and who knows, you might snag the coveted confessor seat.

Now, let's get down to business.

So, today's episode is a throwback, a stroll down memory lane to the time I auditioned for a little film called Arlington Road. Picture this: a young, fearless Jenni, in her mid-20s, taking on the world of acting in Dallas.

Arlington Road was a game-changer and auditioning for that role would later lead to unexpected adventures.

What's intriguing is how being true to myself, rocking my unconventional audition attire, caught the eye of the producer. He saw something in me, something authentic, and that's what Arlington Road needed.

Fast forward to the set— the magic of filmmaking and the camaraderie that made it feel like a family.

But here's the plot twist. Months later, the movie hits the theaters, and guess what? The pivotal scene, the one I was eagerly waiting for, got the cut.

Tune in to today’s episode to get the full gist of the time I auditioned for Arlington Road. Crazy, unexpected, and a journey I'll never forget.

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Until next time, stay awesome, stay curious. This is Jenni Tooley, signing off. Love you guys!

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Confessions of an Aging Ingenue
from insecure ingenue to perimenopausal powerhouse
Go BTS into my creative life/career as I regain my integrity and create a system that aligns with my values and supports an abundant, healthy lifestyle.

It’s taken me decades to find my way back to me. The journey has been messy, out of control and all of the things I feared. I fear them no more. Take these stories as your own.

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Jenni Tooley

Hi! I am Jenni Tooley and I have a lot going on! I tend to go where I am led, am highly adaptable and have a wide variety of transferable skills and talents. This means I have experienced a whole lot so far in life-- I have owned and operated my own cottage bakery, am a trained birth doula, am a yoga teacher, am a professional actor, have worked in non-profit development, launched a web series and just distributed my first feature film, STUCK. Oh! Did I happen to mention I've also been an actor for over 3 decades and played alongside in Richard Linklater's Boyhood? That all sounds amazing- and super woman-ish, right?

What you may not know is that although I am a creative human, I am also a messy one. I've been around lot of blocks and trudged through around and over some of the deepest blocks within myself. I know what it's like to feel stuck- unable to move forward. I know what it's like to be overwhelmed with self-doubt. I know what it's like to feel like I or what I do is never enough. I've spent years trying to "fix" myself. I have a "chick with a stick" in my brain that loves to whack me around whenever I make a mistake, show my imperfections, or am willing to be vulnerable. She thinks she's keeping me safe. But I'm tired of being abused by myself. My "good enough" is actually more than good enough. I don't have to go outside of myself for validation. And being vulnerable is really hot!

I won't claim to have completely overcome all these things-- after all I am human. But I've gotten through them and continue to build myself up rather than break myself down, most days:) Along my journey I have collected so many tools, a whole lot of experience, and have always been (it turns out) filled with wisdom. I am thrilled to be able to share all of this with you! I specialize in holding space for people, deeply listening, and being able to guide people back to the truth of who they are. The process isn't perfect. And I will never claim to have " the only 5 steps you need to fix yourself for good" because in my experience that's a bunch of hoo-ha. And it sets up a situation where if you didn't get fixed you think there must be something wrong with you(I know, I've had that experience).

I'd love to have you join me on this journey! www.jennitooley.com