My old Chicago acting teacher and mentor, Kurt Naebig, warned us early on to never complain about the industry. Never, ever moan and groan about jobs or the lack thereof. His words, “The industry didn’t choose you. You chose it.” He was right. So why do we stop choosing? If we chose to be artists,Continue reading “You Don’t Get To Stop Choosing”
Beware. I’m attempting an original metaphor. Wish me luck… Picture yourself at a beach. You stand near the ocean, looking out. Tide rolls in. Tide rolls out. That ocean is the universe. When the tide rolls out, bend down and quickly dig a hole in the wet sand. That hole is your life. There areContinue reading “Metaphor Alert!”
In his best-seller Start With Why, author Simon Sinek argues that the best companies and organizations, the ones we remember, are those that have a clear sense of purpose. Their “Why” supersedes their “What.” Their products and services exist because of their “Why.” Mission before Action. What if we did that for ourselves? As artists,Continue reading “Start With Why”
A useful exercise…Write down these four words: hobby, job, career and vocation. After each, reflect and write down what each word means to you. Next, watch this video from bestselling author, Liz Gilbert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0g7ARarFNnw Once you clarify what you’re currently doing and what you want to be doing, then you’re free. Free to create artContinue reading “Hobby, Job, Career, Vocation”
“You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do, say and think.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations Memento Mori is an ancient practice of reflecting on our own mortality. Reflections manifested in all art forms–paintings (like the image above), songs, writings (the Stoics and others), etc….even Walt Disney made his own personal MementoContinue reading “Memento Mori”
What happens when you find a play you’re passionate about and commit to producing it with excellence? You create an incredibly meaningful experience for a whole lotta people. You start the virtuous cycle. You create a meaningful experience for yourself. For the playwright. For the cast. For the designers and crew. For the audience. OrContinue reading “The Virtuous Cycle”
I bet you got… …one magical play inside of you. …one phenomenal role you’re dying to play. …one meaningful experience you must create. I’m betting on you. Now go bet on yourself.
I try to watch Mark Duplass’ brilliant SXSW keynote speech at least once a year. You should too. In the meantime, here’s the cliff notes version… The Cavalry Isn’t Coming. The Cavalry Isn’t Coming. The Cavalry Isn’t Coming… YOU are the Cavalry.
If I were being interviewed on a popular podcast, any podcast… Interviewer: “If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your twenty-one year old self?” Me: “Go Make Art With Your Friends.” Interviewer: “What advice would you give yourself now?” Me: “Go Make Art With Your Friends.”
Tom Hanks Golden Globes speech should be required viewing for any artist. Especially actors. Two big takeaways…be on time and come prepared with strong choices. Reminded me of a workshop I was in many years ago. Taught by a very famous, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. (Bonus points if you can guess who.) It’s day one. Playwright’sContinue reading “The First Lesson”