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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 cott...

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...

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...

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...

November 16, 2017

When things get hard, knowing who you are and why you got that way gives you compassion for yourself.   It makes it easy to appreciate yourself and go easy on yourself. . . and thus you go a little easier on everyone else. And so I'm sharing with you ten questions...

October 27, 2017

Has the news these days got your attention?  Do you find yourself pulled a little off center with all that's happening in the world to the point where you don't feel like working on your art anymore and would rather hole up binge on TV instead? Well, I hear yo...

September 17, 2017

Do you feel like you're ultra sensitive to the energy of the people around you and feel like you're overstimulated or impacted by criticism more than other people? Are you stopped or "thrown off" for periods of time by challenges that other people se...

September 17, 2017

Have you ever been in a situation where people are saying one thing, but there is an undercurrent of something entirely different going on energetically?  Man! This used to really confuse the heck out of me! Like at one of those auditions where you're forced to imp...

August 25, 2017

As an artist you have to be willing to take up space. Have you figured this out yet?   Culturally, we are conditioned to play it small, keep ourselves in line, be polite, don't overshare, don't be so loud! The list goes on and on. But as an artist, a perfor...

July 10, 2017

Have you ever wondered why is it, that you can have an idea for something, but t hen you can't seem to take action on it?It feels like pulling teeth to get yourself to even begin? This can be frustrating.  And I know a lot of creatives wonder why this happens, and...

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