The Single Best Way to Have Stamina as an Artist or Creator

When you’re an artist or a creator of any kind, there is no defined path to success. We are in it for the long haul, and there’s not usually an end in sight until we arrive. It’s not like becoming a doctor or a lawyer, a teacher or a real estate agent. Sure, there are…Read more The Single Best Way to Have Stamina as an Artist or Creator

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Get Rid of the Inner Panic Voice that Says “I Can’t”

If you’re pursuing the road less traveled—as a writer, actor, dancer, filmmaker, entrepreneur, or any other “improbable” career—you’re likely familiar with the panic voice that says “I can’t.” On this less traveled road, the requirement to continually take huge risks can generate a great deal of anxiety. I already have anxiety. Then add actual nerve-wracking…Read more Get Rid of the Inner Panic Voice that Says “I Can’t”

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How Gratitude Will Make You A Better Artist

“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.” –Friedrich Nietzsche In this month of gratitude, with Thanksgiving having just passed (happy belated Turkey Day, by the way), I thought this was a perfect moment to talk about the role gratitude plays in art. Gratitude is defined as the quality of being thankful;…Read more How Gratitude Will Make You A Better Artist

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Will You Succeed or Fail? Here are 7 Ways to Know

It seems there are an elite few who are able to reach their goals and attain their dreams in life. For them, it’s almost as if the anxiety-inducing prospect of “succeed or fail” was never even in the picture. This marginal percentage of the world's population leaves the less prosperous majority choking on their magical…Read more Will You Succeed or Fail? Here are 7 Ways to Know

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How I Write A Screenplay

For all you newbie screenwriters out there, I just thought I’d share with y’all what works for me when drafting a screenplay. (Or at least what seems to.) I’m going to take you through the journey of the first screenplay I wrote, Trees of Peace, which started out as a failure and was recently named…Read more How I Write A Screenplay

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…

How I Make an Independent Film, Start to Finish: Part Four

The film festival circuit, while fun, is a rollercoaster ride unto itself. (And an expensive one). As I mentioned in my last post about post-production and budgeting…submitting to film festivals often presents a similar snafu. …Newcomers don't realize how expensive it is to submit to festivals… Don't write a script, make a movie, pull all…Read more How I Make an Independent Film, Start to Finish: Part Four

How I Make an Independent Film, Start to Finish: Part Three

You’ve got your film in the can!! Woohoooo!! There is no greater joy than wrapping your movie. It’s truly an on-top-of-the-world feeling. So what happens now?? Well, if you're just finding my blog, you should start here. If you've been with me the whole way, read on... There is still much work to be done!…Read more How I Make an Independent Film, Start to Finish: Part Three

How I Make an Independent Film, Start to Finish: Part Two

Waking up at 5:00am for the first day of shooting your independent film initiates a sort of gag reflex. Not in the disgusted way, but in the sh**-your-pants nervous way. The butterflies in my stomach felt more like rapid bats flapping their furious wings and bashing their heads into the walls. The walls of my…Read more How I Make an Independent Film, Start to Finish: Part Two

How I Make an Independent Film, Start to Finish: Part One

I was standing up in front of the audience for Q&A at the Gasparilla International Film Festival. 1426 Chelsea Street had just screened among four other short films. A viewer raised her hand and asked us filmmakers collectively, what was the biggest challenge we faced along the way? The microphone came to me. So I…Read more How I Make an Independent Film, Start to Finish: Part One