Tag Archives: motivation

Know Your Politics

February 6, 2017 | (1 comment).

TODAY'S TIP: Know your politics I never thought I'd be giving this note to actors. In one day, I coached four different TV show auditions, including two pilots, and ALL of them were specifically reflective of today's current political events.  Your network TV shows are dealing with the "Muslim Ban", women and sexual harassment from a man…

Healthy Lists for 2017

January 9, 2017 | (4 comments).

Pause those "TO DO" lists. First thing for the new year, be healthy. I've been fighting a virus for about two weeks and almost everyone I know is in the battle to stay healthy! When I'm forced into a bit of a respite when feeling sick, I'm reminded of these things: 1) Doing nothing... can heal you.…

What inspires you? (in times of conflict)

November 20, 2016 | (1 comment).

I am moving forward... are you? My answer to the turmoil in our world is to nurture a Creative Life. I am positive that this effort both heals and (re)builds. In every personal conflict I've ever had, I find myself moving forward when I turn to my creative spirit and outlets, alone or in community.…

Develop your Philosophy

January 14, 2016 | No Comments.

We were in the Alumni Gym last night, working hard and thinking DEEPLY about acting on camera. Beyond just discussing techniques. I said to the group last night that I feel I need to add to my class descriptions the following: "Develop your PHILOSOPHY about on-camera acting, instead of just focusing on the techniques." Together, we…

Are you risky ENOUGH?

December 10, 2015 | No Comments.

Being an Artist is a daredevil business. You take risks every single day. You are constantly putting yourself out on the line, letting yourself and your work be judged by strangers. The very nature of being an artist is in itself a great risk of the very vulnerable soul. So the question I invite you…

Believe That Art Matters

November 19, 2015 | (6 comments).

This is what I woke up thinking about... Paris happened. Lebanon happened. Syria happened. Lots of terrible stuff has happened recently. And it will keep happening. And, how we interact with hardships/challenges is in our own hands. "The people who were trying to make this world worse are not taking the day off. Why should I?"…

Taking Creative Control

May 8, 2015 | (1 comment).

The question of the day seems to be from all actors, "when I'm feeling stuck what do I do to get unstuck?" First of all, the reason you feel stuck is because you feel powerless. You may feel like you have no say in your career. That everyone else holds the key to the kingdom…

Making Clearings in the Forest

April 22, 2015 | (5 comments).

It's Earth Day/Week! It seems fitting to connect my recent Nature experience to the Nature of being an Artist. Last week I took one of the most fulfilling hikes of my life. I hiked around the majestic Mount Shasta, in Northern California. Inhaling such crisp, fresh, air is always revitalizing. And there's some kinda special energy around that omnipotent…

When I get bummed out, I use crayons.

October 27, 2014 | (9 comments).

I'll admit. I got really bummed out the other day. How long does it take to get "there"?  Why can't I, as a filmmaker, get that one person who can make a difference to say "I WILL HELP YOU" and "YOU CAN COUNT ON ME". The more I let myself dip into a feeling of despair, I notice…

Bit by Bit

August 18, 2014 | (9 comments).

Some of you are big time actors already but want the next thing. Some of you are on the verge. Some of you are just starting out. Some of you are wondering if the break out moment will ever happen. Everyone started somewhere. I know it's not easy to be patient. You know what they…