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"Yes! This is the cutting edge of our cultural evolution  - Holly Shaw leads us into the secret world of ritual and performance."

- Monique Rebelle, Author of Transcendence Calling

Heralded as one of 2019's

Outstanding Podcasts! - by Databird Research

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E68 with Jeremy "Worm" Jones

All Kinds of Funny

June 17, 2020

Writer, Cartoonist, and Stand-up comedian, Worm, joins me for a conversation about the search for funny,  his latest book, an apocalyptic thriller, and the Black Lives Matter movement.

E67 with Holly Shaw and Community

Wake Up From Your Fear Trance

May 29, 2020

Where are you letting fear run your life? Listen to this recording of Holly's recent Sunday Session where she begins by finding out from the creative community - what are their fears? We discuss breakups, career, family, relationships, the fear of being disliked and the political fear trance we're all under the spell of.  Listen to this recording and allow yourself to feel bigger than your fear so that you can be a catalyst for change! 

E66 with Tom Bom

Performing on Psychedelics

May 22, 2020

What would happen if you gave a bunch of comedians psychedelics and then asked them to get on stage and do their act?  Find out as I talk with Tom Bomb, a comedian and the producer of The Psychadelics Pshyo (pronounced "show), a monthly underground performance/social experiment that results in hilarity and artistic entertainment. One episode in a series of more to come exploring the topic of microdosing for creativity and healing. 

E65 with Holly Shaw and Community

Calling in Your Guides: Hypnosis for Fertility and Guidance

May 03, 2020

Ignite your higher power and invite in your guardians with this special recording of one of Holly's popular live Sunday sessions where she leads members of the Performers & Creators Lab artists' community in an online discussion of what they want to call into their life this spring followed by a group hypnosis session. 

E64 with Jennifer Mason

Laughing Into the Dark: Zoom Shows and Comedy in the COVID Era

April 14, 2020

Comedian and coach, Jennifer Mason and I talk about how to make the best out of online zoom shows, the transformational power of comedy and how everyone has a good "five minute set" inside of them.  Listen as she explains how she uses stand-up comedy as a transformational tool and hear tips for how to make the most out of this COVID age of show business. 

E63 with Holly Shaw

Hypnosis for Calm and Clarity During A Crisis

April 05, 2020

Feeling anxious? Overwhelmed? Stressed out?  Here's a recording from our weekly live Sunday morning sessions:  Group Hypnosis for Calm and Clarity.  In each session Certified Hypnotherapist, Holly Shaw, opens with a few words of inspiration, followed by simple and fun movement and dance for a few minutes before going into a deep relaxing hypnosis (similar to guided meditation).This week's session focuses on welcoming you back into different parts of your body and stoking the flame of your deepest desires.  Great for health, abundance, calm and clarity during these shelter-in-place times. 

E62 with Angela Rose Fields

Psychedelic Experiences of An Esoteric Biohacking Coach

March 29, 2020

When she was just 16 years old Esoteric Biohacking Coach, Angela Rose Fields, was initiated into the ayahuasca psychedelic experience  In this podcast episode we talk about her intense experience plus the importance of set and setting, micro-dosing, the science of chakras, gut and brain health and more! 

E61 with Nina Sussman

No Filter Comedy

March 08, 2020

Israeli comedian, Nina Sussman, comes over to my house for a candid wine fueled conversation about how we filter ourselves (or don't!) as comedians, what it's like to live on a kibbutz and more!  Listen all the way through to hear a clip of Nina's stand up comedy!

E60 with Phillip Gums

From International Model to Agency Owner: The Power of Positivity

March 01, 2020

Agency co-owner, Phillip Gums, talks about what it was like to be a black male model in the late 80’s and the age of the United Colors of Benetton.  Exciting stories of how he persisted in the face of rejection and built the relationships that eventually evolved into founding, JE Model Management, of the most prominent agencies in San Francisco through a career spanning thirty plus years.

E59 with Kellie Kramer

Telling Your Scariest Secret On Stage

October 23, 2019

Actress, Singer, and T.V. host, Kellie Kramer talks about the process of mounting one of her biggest life stories on stage in her self-written cabaret performance of All the Good Men Are Gay, wherein she shared the personal story of her nine-year marriage to a gay man, including what she knew, when she knew it, and how they tried to make it work.

E58 with Andrew Orolfo and Shoshanna Howard

Andrew Orolfo and Oakland's First Ever Comedy Festival!

October 09, 2019

I got the chance to catch up with comedian, Andrew Orolfo who just appeared on the James Corden Tonight Show and festival producer, Shoshanna Howard to talk about the comedy lifestyle and Oakland's first ever comedy festival! 

E57 BONUS with Holly Shaw

Healing Body Hypnosis for Performers After Injury or Surgery

October 01, 2019

Are you recovering from an injury, surgery or invasive procedure?  Certified Hypnotherapist, Holly Shaw, talks you through a relaxing and positive healing hypnosis made especially for professionals who use their bodies - like musicians, dancers, athletes -  Any injury or surgery can be viewed as an opportunity for your body to release old trauma, leftover emotional bodies in order to heal itself, and construct and create new pathways.  This episode talks you into a deep and healing frame of mind, releasing pain, concern and old patterns to make way for the new!

E56 with Harmony Gates

How Do You DEAL With Unwanted Attention Off Stage?

September 18, 2019

Being the center of attention on stage is one thing.  But what about managing the attention that you get - sometimes unwanted - off stage? In this conversation with somatic empath, Harmony Gates we talk about dealing with sexual harassment, jealous haters, and also just unwanted intimacy on the dance floor. We brainstorm solutions for how you can deflect energy you don't want, new ideas for communicating, and ways you can re-construct your reality to continue to shine brightly in this "me-too" era.

The Comedy Chronicles Part VIII

Stand-Up Comedian Billy Procida

May 22, 2019

Former guest, Billy Procida host of the renowned Manwhore Podcast, joins me for a frank and open conversation about stand-up, sex parties, the temptation of comedy romances, and why comedians sometimes cross the line with their jokes. 

The Comedy Chronicles Part VII

Vulnerability: I Can't Believe I Said That!

May 14, 2019

In this episode I talk about vulnerability and how it affects a comedy performances by sharing my personal experiences as well as talking about Brené Brown's Netflix special, Call to Courage. And I talk about my first ever comedy club performance at Tommy T's.

E55 with Holly Shaw

Getting Over Your Practice Hump

April 24, 2019

Having problems practicing?  Do you love what you do, but feel blocked or stuck in a self-sabotage loop when it comes to putting in the hours?  Don't worry! Listen to this episode with Performance Coach, Holly Shaw, to get unblocked and get some expert tips for how you can approach practicing in a way that feels easier and more manageable.

E54 Part II of this "Live" Coaching Lab with Kellita Maloof

Finding Your Voice and Letting Go of What Others Think of You

April 17, 2019

Continuing this Live-Lab Coaching Episode with Showgirl Shaman, Kellita Maloof, and dancer/MBA looking to find more confidence in sharing her story.  In this episode we also "time travel," discuss how to be interesting, the "milk-toastiness" of pleasing everyone, and how others shape us especially siblings.

E54 "Live" Coaching Lab with Kellita Maloof

Finding Your Voice and Letting Go of What Others Think of You

April 03, 2019

Showgirl Shaman, Kellita Maloof, joins Holly this week for a Live-Lab episode where we co-coach a dancer and MBA who is looking to find more confidence in sharing her story.  Kellita and Holly catch up and talk about the challenges of using the entrepreneur business model for the arts world and then we sink into Part I of a coaching session with a young woman wanting to let go of what others think and emerge more wholly confident. We coach, we listen and we time travel!! 

The Comedy Chronicles Part VI

Lightworker Refine Your Jokes!

March 24, 2019

Listen to actual clips from Holly's stand-up comedy, as this week she shares insight into how she's refining her jokes, what it means to be a #lightworkercomedian and what it is like living the "rock star" (cough cough, read "adult with interests") lifestyle.   Aaaaannnd find out how you can instantly watch actual videos of Holly's nasty joke stand-up comedy by contributing to the podcast Patreon page.  ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

E53 with Briana Di Mara

Creating Haven

March 20, 2019

Listen to the story and the music of violinist, Briana Di Mara as we celebrate her Global Music Award winning album, Haven. Journey into the sounds of traditional folkloric music from all over the world through the eyes of this inventive artist as we talk about reluctant musical offspring, Briana's path through Suzuki and hard times, finding her tribe and more!

E52 with Holly Shaw

The Open Channel Game: A Step-by-Step Guide to Learn How to Channel Your Creative Genius

March 13, 2019

Ever wanted to learn how to "channel" so you can tap into new levels of creativity and wisdom? Listen as Holly explains step-by-step how to play The Open Channel Game that she does with each guest on the show so that you can do it effectively on your own! She covers the basic steps of The Open Channel Game, tips for doing it effectively, and the four components of trance that will help you deepen your relaxation so that you can tap into your creative genius whether you're writing, moving, speaking, or playing!

The Comedy Chronicles Part V

Atmospheric Soup and The White Lady Lens

March 09, 2019

This week Holly nearly gets booed off the stage at an open mic and ponders the white lady lens, atmospheric soup, what it means to be a #lightworkercomedian and how important it is for the host to set the tone.

E51 with Jeremy Mikush (aka Crystal Powers)

Drag Queens and Shapeshifters

March 06, 2019

Find out how drag is a form of shapeshifting shamanism as we talk with former academic, Jeremy Mikush (aka “Crystal Powers”) who has spent the last 5 years as a touring musician and drag artist with the well-known artist, Alaska Thunderfuck.  An enlivened conversation as we talk about the sacred nature of drag, coffee as a sacred stimulant, performing as a “vessel” and more!

The Comedy Chronicles Part IV

Are Open Mics For People Who Hate Themselves?

March 03, 2019

Holly talks about getting hazed at an open mic, revenge comedy, the importance of asking for what you want, and creating time onstage even though you don’t have it.

The Comedy Chronicles Part III

Don't Let Anyone Spoil Your Fun!

February 24, 2019

Holly talks about performing for other comedians, why she doesn’t let anyone to come see her perform stand-up, how the audience affects your jokes, and Bradley Cooper’s Oprah interview.

E50 with Salli Frattini

Inside the Producer's Mind

February 20, 2019

Get inside the mind of a producer this week! You know, those people that bring everyone together and create the environment for artist’s to flourish?  Hear my convo with Executive Producer, Salli Frattini, who spent over 20 years producing at MTV, created the first YouTube live stream music awards, and has worked with some of the biggest names in show business. Listen as we talk about capturing the elusive “viral” moment, what it’s like to be a female executive, producing for Beyonce and more!

The Comedy Chronicles Part II

Male Allies and Why What You Wear Matters

February 17, 2019

Holly has a contentious conversation with a comedian who doesn’t believe in white male privilege and also talks about male allies and why what you wear doing stand-up matters. 

E49 BONUS with Holly Shaw

Heart Opening Meditation

February 14, 2019

This recording will help you open your heart to receiving!! Attract opportunities, open yourself to gigs and more receptive to positive attention with this guided meditation that takes you deep into your body, releasing resistance and making yourself more available to love energy and success.  A special Valentine's Day heart opening episode with Certified Hypnotherapist, Holly Shaw.

The Comedy Chronicles

I Finally Did It! My First Stand-Up Comedy Experience

February 10, 2019

Holly shares about her first experience trying stand up comedy, what she remembered about practicing and performing, and let’s you know what to expect from The Comedy Chronicles bonus series on this podcast.

E48 with Glenn "Weez" Robinson, J.R. Furst and Cate White

Writing to Freedom: The Story of Beyond this Prison

February 06, 2019

This is a true story of Glenn Robinson (Weez), a man who had a 40 year prison sentence, for a non-violent crime he committed at 18, J.R. Furst his penpal, a poet and provocatuer, and Cate White, the artist who brought life to their letters. This is the story of how friendship, wisdom, and creativity became the lifeboat for one man’s literal freedom from prison and the mental unshakling of hundreds others.

E47 with Daria Halprin

Daria Halprin Part II: Forty Years of Giving Movement Back to People

January 30, 2019

In this Part II episode with Daria Halprin we talk about the expressive arts work she’s spent forty plus years creating. We cover the “transportation” issue of how to take your “new self” out into the world and the importance of assuming aesthetic responsibility. Bonus: Daria shares about the last time she made a self-portrait, what still surprises her, and what she’s still fascinated with pursuing over the next 20 years.

E46 with Daria Halprin

Through Trauma and Tragedy from One Stage to the Next

January 23, 2019

From the time she can remember, Daria Halprin, was immersed in an artistic life dancing with her famous mother, and eventually finding her way into acting and being thrust into the spotlight. But for Daria, like so many other young performers, this wasn’t always a healthy place to be, and she found herself seeking to get off the stage and create something else entirely. She began teaching and facilitating creative therapeutic work for others, and in 1978 Daria co-founded the Tamalpa Institute where now still to this day she directs training programs in movement/dance and expressive arts education, consultancy and therapy. Holly caught this interview at the famous Mountain Home Studio in Marin where Daria shares her journey through tragedy and trauma to become one of the leading pioneers in expressive arts education.

E45 with Bianca Cabrera

Chasing the Chicken: Creating Sub-Culture Around Your Work

January 16, 2019

We kick off the New Year with the choreographer and visionary, Bianca Cabrera as she leads us into her imagined world where modern dance has subcultures like rock genres, art is a for profit business, and your work can live beyond a single performance. Also, tune in to hear my personal new year’s resolutions and why sacrificing your happiness for your goals is a losing game. 

BEST OF with Arya Jha and Emily Zisman

Promoting Your Work Part I: Booking Agent Shares Brass Tacks Tips

January 09, 2019

Do you sometimes feel icky about self-promotion? Or unsure what to do to get the word out? Check out this favorite episode listened to many times over for its valuable and straight-forward content! In this rich double-interview with Emily Zisman, a singer/songwriter who wants to know how to promote her work, and Arya Jha, a marketing & PR booking agent, who wants to share her insider expertise with entertainers - you’ll hear about the 70:20:10 rule, you’ll get creative marketing ideas, and learn exactly what booking agents are looking for when they produce shows. And this is just the beginning.

BEST OF with Holly Shaw and Jeffrey Weissman

Perform Like A Shaman

January 01, 2019

We're starting 2019 with a re-broadcast of this podcast's manifesto! Listen as Holly Shaw explains how performing artists in particular use entrainment, channeling and ecstasy in order to invoke the creative movement that the planet is calling for. Exploring examples from her own orgasmic experience on stage, to that of other artists like Tori Amos, Gabrielle Roth, Mickey Hart, Emily Dickinson, and Rainn Wilson, Shaw shares her vision for the Performers & Creators Lab Podcast. Actor, Jeffrey Weissman provides commentary about the origins of stage fright.

E44 with Britney Briggs and Leah Ferrer of Bay Area Flash Mob

Surprise! Our Mob Is Performing For You!

December 25, 2019

What’s it like to perform in a flash mob?  This week we find out when we interview the organizers of Bay Area Flash Mob, Britney Briggs and Leah Ferrer - winners of the #PACL Performance challenge! We talk about crazy gigs, crashing weddings, and how to maintain your groove and capture the audience in the chaos that can be surprise performances. 

BEST OF with special guest

How Do I Get Creative Without Pot?

December 18, 2019

This is a popular episode that's been passed "around the circle" quite a bit as it pertains to a common problem for artists who wonder: “How do I access my creative side when I’m not stoned?” Listen as Holly answers this question and coaches a professional dancer wanting to find a different way other than marijuana to access her creative genius when she choreographs. We cover insights into the way marijuana works with creativity, how to achieve a natural high, 4 essential components in creating trance states without drugs, and tips for breaking bad habits. This episode is 420 friendly and simply provides alternatives for those wishing to create without using substances.

BEST OF with Kellita Maloof

Showgirl Shaman Shares Her Secrets

December 12, 2018

This riveting conversation with showgirl shaman, Kellita Maloof, has been one of the most listened to and most loved episodes of the entire podcast! I loved hearing this award winning burlesque dancer talk about audience participation, consent, the medicine of certain movements, immanence v. transcendence, what is “de-animation,” of the body and how dance has healed her and brought her back into hers. Listen to her journey from ballet to Brazillian dance to finally burlesque as she explores how revelling, revealing and receiving are the keys to the best art.

BEST OF with Brett Rhodes

Your Sensitivity IS Your Superpower

December 05, 2018

A favorite of all the episodes! If you've ever been accused of being “too sensitive then you'll enjoy this in-depth interview with psychotherapist, Brett Rhodes, where you'll find out how your sensitivity is actually a superpower, not a hindrance. You’ll learn about the D.O.E.S. characteristics of HSP, how to know if you are HSP or not, and how you can use it to benefit your work as an artist and use it as guidance instead of triggers. Holly & Brett play a fun game with listeners’ commentary - “Highly Sensitive or Not?” 

E43 with Erika Chong Shuch

The Risky Playground of Creative Collaboration

November 28, 2018

Choreographer/Director Erika Chong Shuch is a sought after creative collaborator, having worked with dozens of artists and ensembles to create and direct works that have been performed in city halls, theaters, industrial offices spaces and food courts always pushing the boundaries of how dance and theatre are shared and viewed. Listen to our conversation as we dive into what it takes to collaborate, creative confidence, battling self-doubt and her recent success collaborating with Janet Kutulas, Michelle Carter, and Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble on the production of Iron Shoes. Our conversation is set to the backdrop of Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble as they perform music from Iron Shoes.

E42 with Koorosh Rassekh, MFT

Radical Ideas About Artists and Addiction

November 21, 2018

If you struggle with substances on a regular basis, then the holidays can be especially tough and so I have a special guest today, Koorosh Rassekh, MMFT founder of Evo Health and Wellness Addiction Center that offers a different solution and some radical ideas around substance use and abuse. We talk about why entertainers especially have problems with substance use, about changing your habits from a place of success instead of failure and more! Listen as Koorosh shares insights from his personal story and some radical ideas about addiction.

E41 with Terrance Kelly

Technique to Transcendence

November 14, 2018

An inside look into the community and the magic behind Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir’s famed director, Terrance Kelly, an Emmy Award winning vocalist and composer who has been called everything from a “a man of great passion and conviction” to a “demanding taskmaster” to “an absolute musical genius.”  Hear from members of the choir who are closest to him and his stories of growing up in a musical family all set to the moving music of the gospel choir and Terrance Kelly himself as we answer the questions, “How can you inspire a community of hundreds to greatness?” and “What does it take to reach transcendence?”  Music heard in this episode provided by the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and Terrance Kelly.

E40 with John Santos

Bridging Both Worlds

November 07, 2018

Listen as I talk with John Santos, 7 time Grammy nominated percussionist and one of the foremost exponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today. John straddles both sides of many worlds, tradition and innovation, the sacred and the profane, the old and the new - all explored throughout this in-depth conversation about his near death experience that helped shape his path, the artist as today’s shaman, and the difference between performance and sacred invocations - woven together with music and recordings from John’s albums: La Esperanza, La Mar, and John Santos and the Machete Ensemble.

E39 with Cynthia Whitcomb

Inspiration From The Beyond

October 31, 2018

Is it possible to make art with the help of ghosts? Cynthia Whitcomb, a successful screenwriter, has sold over 70 screenplays, 30 of which have been produced on national television and . . . also admits to receiving “help” from the beyond. In this fascinating interview Cynthia shares how she broke into the Hollywood filmmaking business, the riveting details of her discovery that her made up stories were actually historical facts being sent to her from from the beyond and how she’s been able to channel her writing and let go of the “inner critic.” 

E38 with Shea Greene

The Courage to Fly: Journey from Artist to Aviator

October 24, 2018

Performance artist, Shea Greene, just received her Private Pilot’s License! She joins us as part of her celebratory tour as we talk about face smooshing performance art, endless hunger, how she healed her distorted body image through hypnosis, and her journey to becoming a pilot.

E37 with Marianna Mejia

Dancing with Our Ancestors

October 17, 2018

How do you envision yourself aging as an artist? My guest today never imagined she’d be dancing and performing and teaching into her 70’s and yet she is! This fall we’ll skirt the edges of the spirit world as we talk with guests who channel the dead to write movies and allow their ancestors to play piano with them - starting with this guest, flamenco dancer, writer, avid spiritual practitioner, Marianna Mejia.

E36 with Steven Chesne

The Music and The Magic Beyond the "Mash Up"

October 10, 2018

Award winning composer, Steven Chesne, just released his latest album, “Sapient” which is being called a “landmark recording” by music reviewers. Listen as we talk creating fusion from sacred traditions, musical counterpoint (aka “mash ups”) and monks walking through the streets of Santa Monica.  For more than a year, Steven Chesne unearthed the ancient words of peace from Buddha, Lao Tzu, Jesus, Mohammed, the Sikhs, the Hindu, the Jews, the Cheyenne, the Kikuyu, and the Baha’i. Chesne consciously focused on discovering the similarities of themes and shared beliefs, instead of the differences. This special episode includes moving musical selections from the culminating album, Sapient.  

BEST OF with Raz Kennedy (Encore Broadcast)

Be Afraid But Do It Anyway

October 03, 2018

This revealing interview with "coach to rock royalty," Raz Kennedy was chosen as a"best of" by our listeners who keep coming back to it again and again. In this episode you'll get a glimpse into the story of this living legend who persevered through early traumatic experiences to make his desire bigger than his fear. Learn about subconscious imprints, how to work through fear and more. Listen and discover - what is your "Love and Fear Cocktail"? And how can you be afraid, but do it anyway? 

E35 with Dr. Miluna Fausch

Performing with Your Archetypes

September 26, 2018

Want ideas for how you can access different archetypes and use them to create dynamic and commanding performances, talks, or even pitches? Listen to this conversation with performance coach, Dr. Miluna Fausch where she also shares tips on body language and how to know who listen to and let into your “arena.” What is your default archetype? And what could you bring more into the forefront to help yourself get to the next level?  Listen and find out!

E34 with Ranella Ferrer

Creatively Fit, Fabulous and Glowing!

September 19, 2018

You may recognize this week’s guest, singer Ranella Ferrer, from her starring appearance on Khloé Kardashian’s T.V. Show, Revenge Body, and in this week’s episode we talk about how she went from one of the most sought after singers in Hollywood to dropping out of music, gaining weight, and falling into a depression.  Now returning to music full force after Revenge Body, Ranella shares an inspirational look at how important it is to feed our creative fitness as she talks about performing for stadiums of 20,000 people, sharing her gift, and finding love.

E33 with Jonathan Strange and Adam White

What You Can Learn From Street Performers

September 12, 2018

How do you captivate an audience when they’re on their way to somewhere else? For this week’s episode listen as Holly spends the day at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf and talks with two street performers: Adam White, the M.C. of Bay Area Breakerz, break-dancing crew; and  Jonathan Strange, an award winning magician. Find out what it takes to gather a crowd, keep them entertained, and get them to pay when the show’s already over!

Episode 32 with Ron Roecker

Surrounding Yourself With The Right Team

September 05, 2018

In this episode overflowing with stories and heart, talent and brand manager, Ron Roecker will blow your mind with tales from working with some of the industry's best and brightest in music and entertainment over his 20 year career. Ron shares his secrets on gathering the right team, reflects on "authenticity" and answers the question: What is the difference between an artist and an icon? Listen to find out!

Episode 31 with Meli Alexander

Audition with Improv: A Coaching Call with An Actor

August 29, 2018

Ever felt like the audition process is set up to fail you? You’ll love this coaching episode with SAG Hollywood actor, Meli Alexander as she relays a recent co-star audition that didn’t go as she hoped and I coach her through how to approach it better next time.  We talk about how to use your natural gifts in auditions, improvisation as a tool to conquer self-doubt and how to bounce back after bombing.

Episode 30 with Holly Shaw

Raw and REAL! Dealing with Post-Performance Disappointment

August 22, 2018

How do you deal when you are hating on yourself after a disappointing performance? Host, Holly Shaw, records her raw thoughts and hurt feelings as she grapples with a less than stellar performance the night before - straight from her tent at a music and dance festival. Listen as she shares first hand her moment to moment experience, thoughts and how she finally manages to let go of her story and trade the ugly voices in her head for the loving ones of those around her.  Before you downward spiral or give up on yourself, listen to this!

Episode 29 with Srinivas Rao

Seeking Validation: The Artist's Paradox

August 15, 2018

It’s a neat little paradox we live in as artists, isn’t it? Our job is to stay focused on creating solely from our vision, and yet, we can’t help it . . . sometimes we have to look up to see if anyone else is paying attention. Srini Rao, the host and founder of The Unmistakable Creative Podcast, has a lot of great wisdom on this topic as someone who has interviewed over 700 highly creative people and who just published his latest book, “Audience of One: Reclaiming Creativity for Its Own Sake.”  Srini talks about finding validation in your work, surfing as a creative practice, dating as a self-proclaimed B-List Celebrity and answers the question, “Which should take precedence: morning sex or your writing habit?”

Recorded LIVE at Digital Hollywood

An Interview with The Woman Behind Women In Hollywood: Warriors from Within

August 12, 2018

In this interview taken live at Digital Hollywood, Holly is in the hot seat for once, being interviewed by VoiceAmerica's own Lori H. Schwartz, host of the Techcat Radio Show, as we get a look at the woman behind The Women In Hollywood: Warriors from Within Series, Holly Shaw.  In this cheeky fun interview, they chat about hypnosis, mind altering substances, and hatred for certain specific foods.

Episode 28 with Blair Hickey

Casting & Collaboration: Finding Your Fellow Storytellers

August 08, 2018

Isn't it great when you find those people you truly love working with? Join us as we talk with veteran actor and founder of Casting About, Blair Hickey, as we discuss what casting directors really want, how to find your actor's type, what it means to be a unique storyteller and more! If you are feeling a little dis-empowered, like you're just waiting to be "picked" then this episode will shift how you look at your career, casting, collaboration and help you discover: what kind of storyteller are you?

Recorded LIVE at Digital Hollywood with Heidi-Marie Ferren

Women In Hollywood: Warriors from Within

August 05, 2018

Heidi-Marie Ferren is a singer/actress, writer/spokesperson who has played Wonder Woman on HBO’s hit T.V. show “Bored to Death” and also served our Armed Forces across the globe as Miss USO. I caught up with her at Digital Hollywood where we talked about her latest project involving female driven content called, “Woman Enough,” and stories from her service as Miss USO. Heidi models how to show up in service yet also how to be brave and break the rules. 

Episode 27 with Suzanna Yada

Social Media Hustle: Worth It Or A Waste?

August 01, 2018

Not sure if your social media posting and promoting is actually doing you any good?  Listen to this episode where Holly is joined by digital marketing expert and independent artist, Suzanne Yada also known as Little Spiral as she explains what you might be doing wrong, effective methods for attracting your audience with social media, email lists and more. You’ll get the down low on effective FB strategies, and fresh creative ideas for inviting your ideal audience in and minimizing your time at the computer so you can make more art instead.  We also dive into the paradox of the day job artist and why it’s ok to have a side gig.

Recorded LIVE at Digital Hollywood with Tania Z

Women In Hollywood: Warriors from Within

July 29, 2018

Tania Z, actress, filmmaker and self-proclaimed "glamazon," talks about her work advocating for legalization of medical marijuana for military veterans, her film that’s part of the LACMA archive, and how she loves presenting stories with an alternate viewpoint in this episode of the Women In Hollywood: Warriors from Within series. Look for a new episode every Sunday as the Performers & Creators Lab Podcast shares these captivating short profiles of women change makers making Hollywood great here and now.

Episode 26 with Jade Raybin

Critical Feedback and Guarding Your Creative Fire

July 25, 2018

Taking criticism isn’t always easy and people don’t always have your best intentions in mind when they give it. In this episode, we dish about this with guest and feedback veteran, Jade Raybin. Listen and learn about the best ways to give critiques and how to receive them, how to discern the note within the note, the importance of guarding your creative fire from unsolicited comments, creative suffering, the body’s role in creativity, unlocking your personal motivators and more in this fun chat with brilliant award winning screenwriter, playwright, and choreographer, Jade Raybin. 

Recorded LIVE at Digital Hollywood with Jerri Lynn Hogg

Women In Hollywood: Warriors from Within

July 22, 2018

Jerri Lynn Hogg, Director of the Media Psychology PhD program at Fielding University joins Holly for a conversation about virtual reality and where it’s taking us. From educational environments that we can now create, to augmented and virtual spaces, we ask the questions of how are we changing as we become more connected this way and how is technology influencing us? What are the ethical implications of following a 12 year old girl around a Syrian refugee camp and how do these new “realities” affect us with their ability to harm or heal?

Episode 25 with Enon Gaines from Unlikely Heroes

How to Talk About Your Craft with Confidence

July 18, 2018

As an artist, it isn’t uncommon to feel at a loss when asked about what you do. In this episode, you’ll hear about a two-step process for answering that question in a way that feels genuine and makes people interested to hear more. Joined by the lead singer/rapper of Unlikely Heroes, Enon Gaines, Holly coaches him through the process and more as Enon shares about the burnout experience of being a new popular band, the meaning behind the name, “Unlikely Heroes,” and what family wounds songwriting has healed for him. This episode energized by the music of Unlikely Heroes and includes a bonus rap improvisation with Enon.

Recorded LIVE at Digital Hollywood with Jackie Loeb

Women In Hollywood: Warriors from Within

July 15, 2018

Jackie Loeb, Comedian, Actor and Writer was the winner of the 2016 MO Award for Best-Stand Up Comedian and after I caught her hanging out in the speakers' lounge at Digital Hollywood I convinced her to come on live radio and riff with me about the phenomenon of TEDtalks, big tummies, and a behind-the-scenes look at the culture of Hollywood. Don’t let the non-stop laughter fool you. One of the bravest of all women warriors, Jackie Loeb, isn’t afraid to say exactly what she’s thinking and will inspire you to do the same. 

Episode 24 with Kellita Maloof

Showgirl Shaman Shares Her Secrets

July 11, 2018

You'll learn so much about revealing what’s hidden in this riveting conversation with showgirl shaman, Kellita Maloof. I loved hearing this award winning burlesque dancer talk about audience participation, consent, the medicine of certain movements, immanence v. transcendence, what is “de-animation,” of the body and how dance has healed her and brought her back into hers. Listen to her journey from ballet to Brazilian dance to finally burlesque as she explains how Revelling, Revealing and Receiving are the keys to making the best art. 

Recorded LIVE at Digital Hollywood with Catherine Clinch

Women In Hollywood: Warriors from Within

July 08, 2018

Catherine Clinch, T.V. writer, producer and pioneer in the field of technology where she’s won prizes at 5 hackathons, and she's been awarded three US Patents for inventing a revolutionary new form of mobile entertainment.  In this conversation she shares her unique view on "gatekeepers," the benefits of getting older, and what she wishes she had known when she was younger. After listening to this you'll find yourself asking the questions, "Where am I putting unnecessary limitations on myself?" or saying, "I can’t because they - someone else - won’t let me." Catherine Clinch breaks through barriers and lets us know that you don't have to be done just because they tell you leave the table.

Episode 23 with John Morgan

The "It" Factor and Neuroscience

July 03, 2018

What is the “it” factor, anyway? That charisma or magnetism that we can’t quite explain that makes a certain artist seem to crackle with attractive energy? We act like it’s something that you either have or you don’t. But what if you could cultivate it? This episode, with neuroscientist and founder of Sparkmesh, John Morgan, explores the science and psychology behind the “it” factor. We’ll also talk about how music affects brain activity, what position is best when you’re in a line-up with other artists, the connection between stage fright and trance states, how you communicate with your audience when you don’t even realize you’re doing it and more. Included is a new Initiation Exercise for a pre-show ritual you can use before auditions, going on stage or any kind of public speaking. 

Recorded LIVE at Digital Hollywood with Eileen Grubba

Women In Hollywood: Warriors from Within

June 27, 2018

Eileen Grubba, Actor/Activist known for her memorable, edgy characters in shows like Sons of Anarchy (2008), NBC's Game of Silence (2016), and HBO's Hung (2009) have gained her a reputation for courageous character work. In this interview, originally recorded live at Digital Hollywood in L.A. this year, she  dishes with us about her work as a disability activist and about how she alchemizes her own harrowing life experiences into her creative work in this powerful episode that will leave you asking, “What would I stand up and speak for . . . even if no one else would?”  This is the premiere of a new episode series, Women In Hollywood: Warriors from Within, a series of captivating bite-sized profiles of the luminous and courageous women making Hollywood great here and now.

Episode 22 with Holly Shaw

10 Tips for Writing a Stand-Out Artist's Bio

June 20, 2018

Do you need to write a new Artist’s Biography but you’re not sure if you’re doing it right? You’re in the right place! In this episode I give you 10 Tips and Best Practices for writing effective great bios for programs, websites, grant proposals, and for any occasion so that you can stand out from the crowd and let people know from just the first sentence why they should care about you and keep reading no matter where you are in your career! You’ll learn about common mistakes and what not to do when deciding what to put in or leave out of your bio.  You’ll also hear about my brand new episode series, Women In Hollywood, that’s coming soon, about the 36th annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, Monsieur Periné, why being in the audience pisses me off just a little.  Click here to go to podcast gifts and sign up for a free copy of the Build Your 'You Are 'Da Bomb!' Bio Minicourse>>

Episode 21 with Damien Alvarez, Dionisio Ceballos, Tony Gapastione, Blair Hickey, and Aaron Skiles

The Daddy Issue

June 13, 2018

We are celebrating dads who are artists with this special episode featuring five dads who bust the myth that you can’t be a great artist and a devoted father at the same time. What was really endearing to me about creating this episode was getting to connect with these dads who are really there for their families and also pursuing artistic careers.  In this episode we talk to a dancer/graphic designer, an actor/entrepreneur, a painter, a musician, and a filmmaker about the pressures of being the provider of the family, the ways in which they’ve managed to make their auditions, and make time for songwriting, and how being a father has changed them. Find bonus videos of these adorable dads in the Interviews with Artists Video Library.

Episode 20 with Billy Procida

Vulnerability Is Sexy

June 06, 2018

Being honest and vulnerable in your performances is hot . . . because it’s captivating! But it can be hard because if you put it all out there then what if people don’t like it? Does it mean they don’t like you? But what if. .  .vulnerability, isn’t as hard as you think it is? What if it’s easy? In this episode, Holly interviews comedian and host of The Manwhore podcast, Billy Procida about how he’s able to be so open about his sex life and relationships and put it all out there for his audience.  Learn from his stories of how he’s navigated social media haters and broadcasting his own breakups in order to create a show that’s been named one of the top 10 sex podcasts by and inspires a devoted fan base that sends him whisky when he’s going through hard times.  Don’t forget to pick up your complimentary Build Your You Are ‘Da Bomb Bio Minicourse here.

Episode 19 with Rebecca Kleinmann

The Creative Formula Live Experience

May 30, 2018

Special Episode! Experience the wisdom of Holly’s creative formula in action as Holly coaches critically acclaimed flutist and composer, Rebecca Kleinmann through this three-step process in this musically rich episode invigorated by the sounds, improvisations, and stories of this intriguing rising artist. Rebecca also shares her biggest regret when it comes to missed opportunities, insider secrets into how she learned to improvise and overcome perfection paralysis, and tales of how she ended up with a hand-written original composition by legend, Hermeto Pascoal, on her kitchen wall. Hear how the creative formula works firsthand! And find exclusive bonus video clips of this episode and others here.

Episode 18 with Tracee Bebee

Kicking Your Creative Excuses to the Curb!

May 23, 2018

When it comes to finding time for your creative work, do you make a lot of excuses?  Are you blocked on how to make more time for it , or make better use of the time you do have?  You’ll love this episode where I’m joined with the kick assery of screenwriter, writing coach and author of “No Excuses, Just Write” Tracee Bebee.  Hear how Tracee made it through a life changing illness to become a writer at age 40 and why she advocates for a creative habit that you work at every single day.

Episode 17 with Holly Shaw

Original You Part III: The 5 Components of Artistic Voice

May 16, 2018

How would you like to have people not only appreciate your work, but also stick around, become followers and eventually devoted fans? This is the power of having a well-developed Artistic Voice. And in this episode, Holly explains exactly what it is, why it’s important and how you can begin clarifying yours. We’ll cover the 5 Components of Artistic Voice, examples of artists who’ve developed it and those who haven’t, as well as the biggest mistakes you’ll want to avoid when it comes to Artistic Voice. Buckle up for an introspective deep dive into what makes you unique and discover how to stand in a category all your own!

Episode 16 with Annie Bacon, Jessica Klinke, Holly Gibson, and Michelle Elise Shock

So You're A Mother And An Artist?

May 09, 2018

Being both a mother and an artist is challenging because you want to give 100% to both of those things. . . and that’s impossible.  Listen to this very special Mother’s Day episode where Holly interviews four mothers who are also professional artists about how they do it, what they feel like they’ve sacrificed, when they feel guilty, and how they feel it benefits their kids.  You’ll hear from a dancer, a podcaster, a singer/songwriter band leader, a film producer and editor, and an actress/stuntwoman. Some of them do their art full-time, some of them fit it in the cracks when they can.Their stories are inspiring and real. They aren’t superhuman. They are making it work just like you and me, one day, one moment at a time. This episode is for all the women or persons who take care of people and feel the struggle between nurturing their dreams and nurturing someone else’s.

Episode 15 with Ayden Graham & Mark Pearson

Original You Part II: Balancing Business with Creativity

May 02, 2018

Are you feeling burned out from trying to balance the business side of being a professional artist with the creative side? Listen as Holly talks once again with guests, singer/songwriter, Ayden Graham, and entertainment lawyer, Mark Pearson.  Find out why it’s important to work on pieces that are “hot” for you, as we talk about selling your art, using failure as a springboard for success, and overcoming self-doubt. You’ll also learn 10 ways to get into Alignment with being creative even when you’re overwhelmed so that you can Make Art in the Middle of the Madness. 

Episode 14 with Ayden Graham and Mark Pearson

Original You: Copycats, Copyrights, and Owning Your Art

April 25, 2018

Ever worried someone might steal your work? And what would you do if someone accused YOU of copying theirs? We cover these questions with guests, singer/songwriter, Ayden Graham and entertainment lawyer, Mark Pearson as we explore topics like art ownership and stealing like an artist, as we discuss the famous copyright battles of Prince and Pharrell Williams. Holly also shares 7 Mistakes that Cause You Anxiety about Art Ownership. This episode is Part I of Original You, a series where we’ll dive into what it means to be unique, and how to safeguard it, sell it, and define your artistic voice. The legal information provided in this episode is for educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for qualified legal advice given by counsel of your choosing. Neither Mark A. Pearson nor Holly Shaw dba Performers & Creators Lab shall hold any responsibility for your reliance on the information provided.

Episode 13 with Meklit Hadero

Audience Alchemy: How to Take Your Crowd with You

April 18, 2018

How do you show up for your audience?  Performing art is a co-creation between you and your audience. . . which can be invigorating when you feel connected, but can be hard if you’re not.  In this episode with guest composer, vocalist and cultural instigator, Meklit Hadero, you’ll learn from her extensive touring experience on how to connect with your audience, how to pick your collaborators, maintain your artistic vision and more! Holly will also share The Watermill exercise which helps you calm nervousness and keep the wheel between you and your audience turning. This episode examines your partnership with your audience so you can feel more at ease and confidence leading the room. Listen to get instructions on how to pick up your podcast gift:  the free Captivate Your Audience Minicourse.

Episode 12 with Brett Rhodes

Your Sensitivity Is A Superpower

April 11, 2018

Have you ever been accused of being “too sensitive”?  Find out how your sensitivity is actually a superpower, not a hindrance, when it comes to being an artist in this episode with psychotherapist, Brett Rhodes, who specializes in HSP, or Highly Sensitive People.  You’ll learn about the D.O.E.S. characteristics of this trait, how to know if you are HSP or not, and how you can use it to benefit your work as an artist and use it as guidance instead of triggers. Holly & Brett play a fun game with listeners’ commentary - “Highly Sensitive or Not?” and you’ll get insights into how to deal with criticism as a Highly Sensitive Person as  Holly herself vocalizes how it is to work through the public criticism she’s recently received.

Episode 11 with Nina G

Activism, Art & Sharing the Stage

April 04, 2018

What if you could change the world with just one piece? When Lin-Manuel Miranda got the idea for writing “Hamilton,” he didn’t set out to make a social activist piece. And yet, the result was a hugely successful game-changing musical whose cast reflected America’s diversity today - activism at its best. Sometimes you may set out to be an activist and sometimes you simply set out to work on something interesting to you and yet, the impact of that IS activism. In this episode, I chat with Stuttering Comedian, Nina G about “Is it Art or is it Activism?,” about disability, Inspiration Porn, how she learned to take up space, and why she loves to perform. This episode also includes a special advice section from me on “How to Be Onstage With a Show Hog and . . . How Not to Be One.” 

Episode 10 the Un-Reporting of the Damon Poll Story

Fame & The Threat of Infamy NEW & REVISED!!!

March 28, 2018

When an infamous actor telling his side of the story that led to his demise caused more problems than it resolved, it had to be pulled from the air and is retold in this version here. This “un-reporting” uses purposely fabricated names and circumstances in order to safeguard the persons involved in the original “Damon Poll” story while exploring the effects of public shaming in an entertainment industry obsessed with fame through the lens of public figures like Tonya Harding, author Jon Ronson, and Holly's own shame inherited through her family’s DNA.

Episode 9 with Arya Jha and Emily Zisman

Promoting Your Work Part II: Getting Over the "Ick" and The Art of the Vulnerable Share

March 21, 2018

It's time to go deeper!  Do you sometimes feel icky about self-promotion? Or you’re just unsure about how to get the word out so you can actually have an audience, a fan base, a following?  In this Part II episode of the Promoting Your Work Series, Holly covers the “inner game” of this topic. You’ll discover 4 questions you can ask to help you work through your resistance around self-promotion, learn about “The Art of the Vulnerable Share,” and get ideas for how you can promote your work in a way that feels good as we continue the coaching session with singer/songwriter, Emily Zisman and booking agent, Arya Jha.  This episode delivers the powerful mindset shift that you need in order to get out there and actually start promoting your work. Listeners can pick up their free gift, Build Your ‘You Are ‘Da Bomb!’ Bio Minicourse, and the BONUS, The Art of the Vulnerable Share here.

Episode 8 with Arya Jha and Emily Zisman

Promoting Your Work: Booking Agent Shares Brass Tacks Tips

March 14, 2018

Do you sometimes feel icky about self-promotion? Or you’re just unsure about how to get the word out so you can actually have an audience, a fan base, a following? In this episode and the next one we dive all in and around and over and through this topic. In this rich double-interview with Emily Zisman, a singer/songwriter who wants to know how to promote her work, and Arya Jha, a marketing & PR booking agent, who wants to share her insider expertise with entertainers - you’ll hear about the 70:20:10 rule, you’ll get creative marketing ideas, and learn exactly what booking agents are looking for when they produce shows. And this is just the beginning. Next week in Part II we’ll go deeper and take a look at the “inner game” mindset shift you need to make in order to get out there and actually start promoting your work. Listeners can pick up their free gift, Build Your ‘You Are ‘Da Bomb!’ Bio Minicourse, at

Episode 7 with Hannah Romanowsky

Shake It Off: How to Turn Stage Fright Into Magnetism

March 07, 2018

Have you ever been so nervous that you choked up during a performance or an audition?  Listen as Holly unpacks the surprising truth about stage fright and shares a revelation she discovered that no one else is talking about when it comes to this anxiety that plagues amateurs and experienced artists all the same.  You’ll learn a powerful method for transforming stage fright into magnetism that you can use right away in this week’s Initiation Exercise. You’ll also hear from dance professional, Hannah Romanowsky, and learn how the human body is designed to be a vehicle to move through trauma and fear.  You can find bonus video clips from this episode here.

Episode 6 with Jeffrey Weissman

Power Games and Your Creative Career

February 28, 2018

Do you feel powerless over the success of your career? “Making it” can often feel like it’s defined by someone else and has nothing to do with how hard you work or how good you are.  From casting directors, producers, people who hire you for a gig, to the audience themselves - there is often a sense of giving over your power to everyone else in hopes of being one of the “chosen few” in the spotlight. In this episode, Holly talks with Jeffrey Weissman, an actor for over 40 years about the power struggle in Hollywood, how to get ahead and succeed in the film industry, and we hear his firsthand account of how he was caught in the middle of a controversial power struggle over the casting of Back to the Future II.  This episode includes an Initiation Exercise to help you shift your mindset from powerless to powerful - and to shake up the Power Paradigm.   More video tips from acting coach, Jeffrey Weissman, can be found here.

Episode 5 with Anonymous Caller

How Do I Get Creative Without Pot?

February 21, 2018

“How do I access the stoned dancer when I’m not stoned?”  Listen as Holly answers this question and coaches a professional dancer wanting to find a different way other than marijuana to access her creative genius when she choreographs. The episode covers insights into the way marijuana works with creativity, how to achieve a natural high, the four essential components in creating trance states without drugs, and tips for breaking bad habits.  Includes commentary from a musician/composer and a middle-school science teacher who enjoy the benefits of marijuana and see no reason to stop.  This episode is 420 friendly and simply provides alternatives for those wishing to create without using substances.

Episode 4 with Raz Kennedy

Be Afraid But Do It Anyway

February 14, 2018

What are you afraid of? And how do you persist in spite of it? In this revealing interview with Raz Kennedy, a renowned vocalist dubbed the "coach to rock royalty," Shaw's questions cut right to the core and we get a glimpse into the story of a living legend who persevered through early traumatic experiences to make his desire bigger than his fear. Learn about subconscious imprints, how to work through fear and more. Listen and discover - what is your "Love and Fear Cocktail"? And how can you be afraid, but do it anyway? Watch bonus video clips here.

Episode 3 with Lucia Pavone & Valentino Peeps

Sex & Sensuality: Onstage and In Show Business

February 07, 2018

In this fun and frisky interview with sensual researcher, Lucia Pavone (formerly Paxon) and musician/music producer, Valentino Peeps, everyone gets vulnerable as they share bold opinions about the sexual harassment situation in Hollywood, tell tales on themselves of times they've accidentally stepped over what's "appropriate," and deeply explore how sexuality plays a part in creativity, art and the music business. You'll also discover how to use your natural sexual energy to put a little extra zing into your creative work and performances. Holly Shaw shares the "Circle, Strut, and Squeeze" Initiation exercise

Episode 2 with Briget Boyle

How to Quit Your Day Job and Become A Full-Time Artist

January 31, 2018

Ever wished you could quit your day job and pursue your dream career full-time? Vocalist, Briget Boyle is doing just that! Listen to her story and hear how she overcame years of fatigue and burn-out in order to strike out in 2018 as a full-time songwriter, recording artist, and music producer. Get ideas, tips, and career hacks for how she is taking care of financial considerations, and creating accountability for herself so she can "go to work" every day with her music. Discover how she "spoke her success" into a reality and begin imagining and creating that bridge for yourself. Watch bonus video here.

Episode 1 The Manifesto

Perform Like A Shaman

January 24, 2018

Artists are the shamans of today, leading the world on an emotional journey. Listen as Holly Shaw explains how performing artists in particular use entrainment, channeling and ecstasy in order to invoke the creative movement that the planet is calling for. Exploring examples from her own orgasmic experience on stage, to that of other artists like Tori Amos, Gabrielle Roth, Mickey Hart, Emily Dickinson, and Rainn Wilson, Shaw shares her vision for the Performers & Creators Lab Podcast. Actor, Jeffrey Weissman provides commentary about the origins of stage fright.

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