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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...

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...

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...

March 25, 2018

The vulnerable share on social media  . . . have you been seeing this trend now too?  More and more people are sharing their personal stories on Facebook, Instagram everywhere in an attempt to connect in a more meaningful way with their friends and their potential foll...

March 5, 2018

Is there a place you won't go with your art?

This is a question I recently asked Emmy Award winning composer, Dan Cantrell, and I thought . . . that's just a good question just to ask artists in general.

When it comes to places we "won't go" - I think it comes d...

February 24, 2018

If you feel like you have to always "keep it together" and only show only your most confident and bulletproof self, then . . . don't.

Watch this video below and listen to Raz's Kennedy's story instead.

This is one of my favorite podcast episodes that I've made so far bec...

February 15, 2018

I firmly believe that artists are today's shamans. Here are 15 reasons why. And I think you'll LOVE #15 ;)


 

15 Reasons Why Artists Are Today's Shamans

  1. We take people on an emotional journey.

  2. We consider ourselves outsiders like shaman who live on the "outskirts...

February 14, 2018

We think of being an artist as glamorous, powerful, and fun. . . and there is that. Sometimes.

But there is also the bitter truth to fame.  The exhilerating ride  that is like a roller coaster you can't get off.  Or you fear getting off.  Or you have anxiety about being...

February 4, 2018

Just 10 days to go until the Performers & Creators Lab Podcast launches on Valentine's Day!  I'm completely obsessed with it here in my little artists' cave, editing and compiling all these great interviews and materials, and I just can't keep my enthusiasm to myself s...

January 21, 2018

Can I tell you a secret?  It's a little embarrassing to admit, but back when I was producing more shows, sometimes before I had even a clear vision for all the pieces in the show I'd find myself imagining the review of the show I would receive from the local ar...

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