Most people don’t know this about me, but a very, very long time ago, I was an
actress aspiring actress. I performed in plays during high school and while in college. Then I graduated and decided to just keep auditioning and acting until I “made it.” Whatever that means.
I didn’t have a job lined up for me as I traipsed across the stage with a diploma in my hand. But that was okay because I had a plan: get a job waitressing in a really cool place about 3-4 nights a week where people throw money at you, spend days auditioning, land agent, nab break-through role, make lots of money, live happily ever after leaping from compelling role to compelling role.
Good plan. Here’s what actually happened: (more…)
I realize I just wrote a post about taking a break from podcasts, but this is just too good not to share. Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, recently released a podcast designed to help creatives focus and do the thing they were meant to do, mainly create.
The podcast is called Magic Lessons. And it really is just that, magic.
In each episode Gilbert dives into a creative individual’s current situation to figure out what makes them feel stuck and how to get them unstuck. The beauty is that most of us can relate since it is very likely that we’ve felt the same at some point in our lives.
So far, the episodes are relatively short – under 30 minutes. They’re just little bits of inspiration you can put in your pocket and take out when you need a supportive nudge.
You can find the podcast on iTunes or here. Enjoy!
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You want to say something. There’s a fistful of glimmer sitting in your belly just dying to get out. You sit down to write and all that comes out is a spattering of words. You try again and they just plop out of you like half formed spitballs. Splat! Splot! It’s a mess.
There’s something that you need to say and you just don’t know how to say it. You try but all kinds of goo comes out. You don’t know what to do with all the writing goo. It sticks to everything. No matter what you do, it sounds sappy and nothing makes sense. GOOOO!
Well, I can help. Here are three tools I’ve used in the past to turn my pen into lightening that killed my writer’s block. (Or at least kept it at arms distance for a while.) (more…)
What do you think of when you hear the phrase, “working artist?”
Maybe you think of a musky Bukowski hunched over a typewriter with a cigarette burning to a nub an overflowing ashtray to his right.
Maybe you think about Picasso in his famous striped shirt, leisurely taking brush to canvas, stopping every now and then to take a long drag and contemplate life. (I don’t know if Picasso smoked; I imagine all artists in the 20th century as smokers.)
Whatever you think of, you probably don’t picture someone who (more…)
If I could have one superpower I wouldn’t wish for the ability to fly (as helpful as it would be in a city like Los Angeles). I wouldn’t wish for invisibility, although my inner creeper would probably take that one out for a test drive if given the opportunity. I would wish for the power to stop time.
Imagine it! Imagine living your average day getting as much done as you could in the short 24 hours you are given. Then right at the point when you think you can’t get any more done (more…)
If you are a creative person, no matter the genre, it’s very likely that you’ve experienced creative paralysis at some point in your adult life. I’m not talking about a creative block. I’m talking about soul screaming, fist clenching, God-save-me paralysis.
Hitting a creative block is like stumbling upon a detour. Usually, it’s unexpected. But if you read the signs, you can likely get around it with just a few turns and not a whole lot of backtracking.
But creative paralysis is like (more…)