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February 7, 2020

As you may or may not have seen on social media, back in October I had a knee surgery (for those of you that need specifics - it was an ACL reconstructive surgery).  This was from an old knee injury I got from dancing back in 2016 that needed to be fixed but, well. . ....

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...

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...

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...

October 15, 2017

In the recent weeks, with all that has come to light in regards to mega-producer, Harvey Weinstein and the extensive amounts of claims of sexual abuse among actresses and women in the entertainment industry, I've been thinking about this matter of control. . . Who...

September 24, 2017

What would you say if you met Steven Spielberg right now?   Be honest. Would you gush like a fan?  Or would you throw your screenplay in his face insisting that "you should really read this!" This was the topic of a recent session with a client of mine who...

September 10, 2017

This month I spoke with accomplished actor and comedian, Hal Lublin for the next installment of Interviews with Artists Who Are Making It. He shared about how's he's found success as an actor in the Los Angeles voiceover world, how he created a podcast with a...

June 25, 2017

Last Tuesday, I co-taught a workshop for actors with Casting Director, Rebekah Renne and was excited by what she had to say about the film industry . . . and I wanted to share it with you! Rebekah has worked in the film industry since 2009. Based in San Francisco, she...

June 8, 2017

Do you dream up big long to-do lists of things that need fixing or tweaking before you present your work, before you submit to that agent, before you write that grant, or before you reach out to those potential gigs?  Is this you? I know this song and dance really be...

May 31, 2017

Ever wondered what it takes to "make it" as an artist?

Well, me too! For the past several years I've been unpacking this idea of "making it."  I mean, what does that mean exactly anyway?  "Making it"? Seems like a loaded idea and potentially a never-ending journey....

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