About the Book

Why a book for ACTORS on the subject of HAPPINESS?

Actors face a unique set of challenges and advantages. No matter what level a career is at, uncertainty, rejection, judgment and disappointment are all part of being an actor. Happiness is often placed in the hands of what happens out there, yet the truth is, circumstances are only 10% responsible for our happiness. 50% is due to our genetics and, most significantly, 40% is in our own hands. It turns out, happiness is an inside job.

Being generally happy and fulfilled is not only something everyone deserves, it is absolutely essential to the success and longevity of an actor's career.

How to be a Happy Actor in a Challenging Business: A Guide to Thriving Through it All takes you, the actor, on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment.

You will learn the intentional activities that have been scientifically proven to boost happiness levels, as well as some of the world’s most powerful spiritual knowledge on the subject. There are practical, transformational steps that will help you navigate the worlds of stage, film, and television with a foundation of self-esteem and personal power. Along with that, you will learn personal stories of Hollywood actors as they have adopted these keys and moved toward happier, more fulfilling lives. As a bonus, there are also some unique and powerful inside perspectives from four of our top industry award-winning professionals:



Christine Lahti

(Law & Order SVU, Chicago Hope)



David Nutter

(Game of Thrones, Entourage)


Casting director/acting coach

Risa Bramon Garcia



Casting director

Mark Teschner

(General Hospital)

About the Author

Justina Vail is a personal development coach, speaker, consultant, award-winning author, and award-winning actor.

Justina was born in Malaysia to British parents. She lived in Malaysia, Hong Kong, and England until immigrating to the US in 1989 for her acting career. She spent 25 years working as an actor in major motion pictures and primetime network television series, winning a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television in 1999. Two years later, and after a lifetime of interest in spirituality, psychology, and metaphysics, Justina chose to shift direction from acting and move into the world of personal development and human potential. She has been in business as a personal development coach, consultant, and inspirational guide since 2002 and has helped hundreds of people—both in the film industry and in other professions—create happier, healthier lives.

Justina is a certified ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Certified Professional Life Coach (CPLC), executive coach, certifiedNeuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner, certified hypnotherapist (CHt), and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®. She is a mentor for Women in Film, a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), and co-developer and instructor at Envision Global Leadership's Executive Coach Training Program. She is also a regular expert contributor for BackStage magazine.

Justina has an overall history of more than 30 years in the entertainment industry. She is owner of Actors Life Coaching—a personal and professional life coaching service for entertainers. Her background and experience means that Justina engages actors at all levels of career success from a deep understanding and experience. She is known in the industry as an inspirational teacher and writer.

Justina Vail lives with her husband, Jeff Evans, Ph.D., and their canines Ruby and Truman.




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