​© 2017 by Holly Shaw.

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Performers & Creators Lab

Oakland, CA  (415) 870-7082

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August 24, 2018

Whether you just had a terrible performance or you choked during an audition, there is nothing else quite like the sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when you feel like you've experienced an epic failure at what you love to do - performing!

We've all been ther...

August 19, 2018

Have you ever been with someone and got the sense that they were in love with your stage persona and not the "real" you?

You don't have to be famous or even a celebrity to experience this.  I think it just happens the moment you are up on a stage.  It can appear glamo...

August 13, 2018

Did you know that your brain has the ability to hold subconscious beliefs that may block you every time you go to reach for something that feels "different" or "bigger" than what you already know?

One time when I was three years old I was in the grocery store parking...

August 12, 2018

When you think of your "actor's type" it can often feeling like you're boxing yourself in - like you're - as the word would indicate - "stereotyping" yourself.

But what if I was to tell you that your type is way more than that?  That it's more like an essence that you...

August 4, 2018

Could  you use some inspiration and a little mojo to get you through this year?

Join me this week - there are two opportunities!

I'm planning on creating a friendly, connected, warm and hella inspiring atmosphere!

Whoo hoo! Last year I had such a wonderful trip, vis...

August 3, 2018

You've worked at your craft for some time now.  You've done acting classes. You know you're talented. You're made for this acting business. . . and so WHY is it that sometimes you completely screw up your auditions?

After working with hundreds of actors and being...

July 22, 2018

Do you ever find it difficult to explain what you do as an artist to other non-artists that you meet?  Whether it's your family, a potential patron, or just a person you meet on the street?

I know that artists have a hard time talking about what they do, so over the y...

July 15, 2018

It's art that pushes against psychological and social expectations, that tries to transform decay into something generative. .  . 
- Jerry Saltz





Have you ever gone to see a show and had one of those mind-bending experiences that changes your perception of somet...

May 18, 2018

I just had a great conversation this week with Blair Hickey, an actor and one of the founders of "Casting About" and he had some really interesting things to say about figuring out your actor's type.

I had never heard someone explain it in quite this way so. . . even...

May 6, 2018

I know a lot of people talk about artistic voice and how important it is to define yourself as a "unique" artist, and yet. . . do you ever get a kind of anxious tightening in your solar plexus when you think about this? As I was working on my latest episode,...

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