“If I could just break into (the Hollywood of my craft), then I’d be happy.” It’s possible to break in by being picked over many other candidates. Possible, but unlikely. The picker could have dozens of reasons for not picking you. It’s possible to break in by honing your craft, having your work speak for […]Read more "Breaking In"
The successful writers have access to the magic words. The successful players have access to the magic equipment. The successful mime has access to the magic gestures. All nonsense. Here’s the last bit of nonsense: your success is in the hands of the gatekeepers, the publishers, the casting directors, the Chairman of The Guild of […]Read more "Some Nonsense"
Going to the gym to lift the weights because you’re not strong. Or, Going to the gym to lift the weights because you’ve decided that you’re the kind of person who goes to the gym to stay active. Is this faking it till you’ve made it? No, because you’ve already made it by deciding to […]Read more "The Kind Of Person Who"
Repeat what works knowing that sometime it might not work anymore. Repeat what works knowing that in some situations it won’t work at all. Repeat what doesn’t work with a little adjustment, a little fine-tuning. It might not work because of an element you’re overlooking. Repeat what doesn’t work knowing that someday, when you feed […]Read more "Repeat What Doesn’t Work"
Great work worth doing can be small, local, short term. One step today that will make things better than they were yesterday, setting you up for better things tomorrow. Great work worth doing can be big, further out in time, long term. A vision of an ideal You, a future you’d like to create […]Read more "Great Work Worth Doing"
Ichi-go ichi-e – One encounter, one chance. One time, one meeting. This might be the last time you get to make an impact, use your voice, move things forward, contribute to the conversation, instill a sense of direction, shift somebodies perspective, change the course of somebodies life. There are hundreds of opportunities handed to you each […]Read more "Ichi-go Ichi-e"
Everywhere you go, there are things that you could compare yourself to. Their writing, their success, their confidence, their courage to speak to their vulnerabilities, their drive, their consistency, that painting, that new best-seller, the artist who appears to be making a better living than you are, that statue erected to honor the likeness of […]Read more "Can’t Escape Comparison"
If somebody gets upset at your work, at you for creating your work, what could that mean? Why would somebody stick around for your whole show, read your entire article, but spread your work with uncritical, negative commentary? One reason could be that they’re afraid of quality. That they recognize the kind of work that […]Read more "Afraid Of Quality"
Fact-checkers: People who get paid to spend months making sure that every single statement is true and correct. Do artists have the luxury of having fact-checkers for their work? How can the artist know if their work is ready to be shared, if it’s good enough to be shared, if it’s good at all, if […]Read more "Fact-Checked By Ego"
How can we share what we’ve learned, help each other out, provide guides and create tutorials, if those we’re helping could figure it out themselves? One way could be to show and leave. By saying, “It looks like this,” instead of, “it’s done exactly like this. If you don’t do it exactly like this, you […]Read more "Show And Leave"