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Performers & Creators Lab

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Findings from the Leading Edge

Career, Performance, and Creative Insights You Won't Find Anywhere Else

February 24, 2019

Why are we in such a hurry to be entertained?

These past few weeks I've been doing stand up comedy a few nights a week and one of the things I'm noticing about these comedy open mics is the pressure to get a laugh within the first 30 seconds or less. There was a bit that I really loved where I started with something serious and led people down a 1 minute path in order to get my first joke. I liked it but it didn't really work v...

February 9, 2019

OMG I did it!

It’s something I’ve always wanted to try: Stand up comedy. And this week I dove head first into this world and told jokes at three different open mics around the Bay Area. 

As somebody who coaches other performers I always feel like I need to put myself in the hot seat once in awhile or I lose my edge.  How can I relate to the fears of other actors, dancers and musicians otherwise? How an I relate to your perform...

January 6, 2019

I came across some really fascinating information that I just MUST share with you! It explains why people are driven to make goals, intentions and New Year's Resolutions.  . . . why it's a healthy thing to do even when we don't necessarily meet or keep those resolutions!

You mean I can set goals and not keep them and still be ok and normal and worthy and happy?

Wild notion, eh?

YES! YES, you are worthy of love eve...

December 30, 2018

I know that in 2019 I will do things and some of them will fail.  Some of them will flourish too.  But more often things will take longer than I want, will need more work than I anticipate.  And this is ok.

Today, I lie on my bed in an overstretched comfy cotton dress I never wear outside my house, my face free of makeup, a box of chocolates half eaten at my left, a pile of books on my bed. I feel content drifting in...

December 2, 2018

Have you ever felt a pull to create something, but you've felt too down or too "in the dark" to even know where to begin?

Of course, it's great when we get that hit of inspiration and ideas begin flowing to us effortlessly!  We feel fantastic! Like we are masters of our own creativity!!! Hazaaaa!

But it doesn't always go down like that, right?

We don't always get to have the most ideal circumstances from which to...

September 21, 2018

Do you know what is worse than flop sweating or a racing heartbeat?  The stories we make up about them.  When we go into panic mode (otherwise known as fight or flight) then we also tend to start spiraling into self-doubt and self-conscious thoughts.

That's why I created The Windmill Exercise which I've now taught to hundreds of performing artists at unions and universities and groups all over the U.S.  It's great for ge...

September 21, 2018

Would you be interested in winning free coaching with me?

I'm excited to share that as part of the Performance Challenge #PACLchallenge, you can win some pretty awesome prizes. Check it out:




GRAND PRIZE (video with most likes)


- You'll Get to be the FEATURED GUEST on the Performers & Creators Lab Podcast 2018 season finale where you and your work will be exposed and promoted to an audience of thousands of listeners...

September 17, 2018

Have you ever wanted to try street performing?

It's pretty amazing when it's done well, don't you think?

Have you ever been going about your normal day and you find yourself feeling moved as a beautiful song reaches you from across the train station or you're struck with infectious energy as you watch an impressive dance crew whooping it up for some tourists?

Since, I'm asking you to go out and take your work into public sp...

September 14, 2018

Street performing acts are as vast and varied as the imaginations of the artists who create them. And with the explosion of the internet and social media, I feel like the creativity of street performers has exploded as well and the bar has been set even higher.

Street performing is the end-all-be-all guerrilla art activism . . .  

Don't want to wait for the audience to come to you?  Then bring it to them!  Right smack dab i...

September 10, 2018

Have you noticed this "ghosting" trend too?

You make plans with someone well in advance, but then they flake and cancel at the last minute?

Or you meet someone new and it feels like there is great chemistry with them as either a romantic partner or a creative partner, but then they 'ghost' you - mysteriously disappearing, never again responding as though they never existed?

Are you tired of being "ghosted?"

This flakiness...

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