make 2017 different from 2016

One Simple Way to Make 2017 Different from 2016

I'm writing this on January 1, 2017. Moving on to a brand new year feels like a fresh start, doesn’t it? Writing this very post feels cathartic somehow, like I’m absorbing the lessons of 2016, while purging any lingering negativity. A major part of moving on to a new year is always the resolutions. Because…Read more One Simple Way to Make 2017 Different from 2016

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The Power is Yours — 3 Ways to Take it or Leave it

The stack of rejection letters I’ve received, which now sit in a shoebox at the back of my closet, is proof of the years I spent trying (and failing) to procure a literary agent. When I finally got one, I thought it would change everything in my life. I thought it was the end-all be-all.…Read more The Power is Yours — 3 Ways to Take it or Leave it

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How Women in Film Can Create an Impact Without Hollywood

Entry through the golden gates of Hollywood is almost exclusively reserved for men. So how can women in film still create an impact without the coveted ticket? Ava DuVernay did it. Issa Rae did it. Lena Dunham did it. Just to name a few. It’s an arduous, high-risk journey, but it is possible to create…Read more How Women in Film Can Create an Impact Without Hollywood

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Cats Have Mastered this One Great Secret to Success

Yes. Cats. As in the small, furry animals. Seriously. They have mastered one great secret to success, and the fact that they are small and furry is a key part of my argument here. Okay, fiiiiiine, I’m a bit of an obsessive cat lady, but I still think I have a solid point. So read…Read more Cats Have Mastered this One Great Secret to Success

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5 Ways to Handle the Frustration of Filmmaking

Doesn’t the movie business just make you want to bash your head against the wall sometimes? As enticing as that brick facade looks right about now, there are other, more productive ways to handle the frustration of filmmaking. Ways that won’t give you the worst migraine of your life. I’ve personally had a frustrating past…Read more 5 Ways to Handle the Frustration of Filmmaking

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How Not to Suck at Your New Year’s Goals

It's common to start off a new year with a fire under your ass...making all kinds of resolutions and setting huge goals that you burn out on eventually. I'm certainly a guilty party. So how do you set goals that you can actually follow through on? Welllll, I'm going to figure that out this year!…Read more How Not to Suck at Your New Year’s Goals

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3 Shocking Things This Woman Did to Make Fundraising History

The crux of it is that she asked. But the shocking, three-part action is in how she asked. It's why she fundraised $1.2 million dollars to record her album, why she made crowd-funding history, and why she was invited to give a Ted Talk (below). I'm No Good at Asking My mom always told me…Read more 3 Shocking Things This Woman Did to Make Fundraising History

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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

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