purpose as an artist

Discovering Your Life’s Purpose

I received a poignant email this week from my good friend and fellow artist, Emanja Alleyne. She's a photographer who takes beautiful pictures and, like many of us, is searching for the purpose in her art. The words in her email struck me so deeply that I asked permission to share her insights as a…Read more Discovering Your Life’s Purpose

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3 No-Bullshit Rules for Being a Writer

I got an email the other day from someone asking me how I wrote a novel. He said, "I have been tip-toeing around the idea of writing a novel myself, but haven't really had the guts to dive into it—it seems like such a daunting task! ...How did you do it? And do you have…Read more 3 No-Bullshit Rules for Being a Writer

5 Tips to Help You Find Time for Blogging

Life is busy. We all have jobs, social lives, passion projects, errands, chores and a thousand other responsibilities. In addition to what we have planned, there are times when stuff pops up unexpectedly. SO…if you're a writer, artist, or any other kind of blogger, it can be difficult to find time to blog on a…Read more 5 Tips to Help You Find Time for Blogging

How Steve Jobs Found Success

Steve Jobs had an incredible mind. No matter how you feel about him, or Apple, I don't think you would argue that he was a visionary. And an extraordinarily successful one. In the clip below, he talks about finding that success. In non-monetization, non-fortune 100 terms: Love what you do and be passionate, as a…Read more How Steve Jobs Found Success

Am I Writing Enough?

I was talking with a friend of mine the other day. She told me she'd recently read my blog post on successful versus unsuccessful people and it got her thinking… Her particular struggle, which I came to realize is also a struggle of my own, is the question: How much is enough? How do you…Read more Am I Writing Enough?

10 Famous Women Who Prove Success After 30 is Possible

I have to tell you something. I'm 31. I know that's, like, a senior citizen in entertainment years. Especially for a woman. Instead of being the next prodigy, I spent my twenties searching, figuring out who I wanted to be…I mean, who I really wanted to be. I shaved my head and moved to South…Read more 10 Famous Women Who Prove Success After 30 is Possible

One Major Hang-Up that Will Stop Your Script in its Tracks…

…It's the vacuum. The literal vacuum. The one that cats run from. Seriously. I'll explain. Last year, I finally read Syd Field's book, Screenplay, and he illuminated something major for me. Amid the surfeit of incredible advice and insight he gives, this was a gem that has forever changed the way I work as a…Read more One Major Hang-Up that Will Stop Your Script in its Tracks…

5 Ways to Know if You’re Truly Talented

Chasing an artistic dream is usually a long, rough road. There are a lot of obstacles along the way and a lot of people who tell you it will never happen. Maybe your parents want you to be a lawyer instead of a writer, filmmaker, or actor. And you sometimes entertain the thought that maybe…Read more 5 Ways to Know if You’re Truly Talented

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Why You Should Never, Ever Give Up

Whether you're a writer, actor, dancer, singer, guitarist, painter, or any other kind of dreamer, I'm sure you'll find yourself in some part of this journey. You know, when you first start out, passionate, and you're all like... And then after some serious... You get everything lined up, ready to take your first shot --…Read more Why You Should Never, Ever Give Up