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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...

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 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...

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...

October 8, 2017

This morning I was trying to imagine what would be of most service to you to write about.  And as I was sifting through emails from clients - some of them excitedly dashing off a note to tell me how great their acting life is going, and others who are struggling and re...

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 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...

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...

June 18, 2017

You have the best of intentions for practicing, creating, spending time doing what you love most. But for whatever reason, you find yourself procrastinating or letting the negative critical voices in your head stop you from taking action.   Sometimes the harder we fig...

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