The “Through Line” in Life

I presented “Rip Off the Rearview Mirror” last week, and in the keynote address we talked about creating a “Through Line” in your life.  I was touched by the amount of men and women who came up to me saying that their “Through Line” was not defined.  However, now they are determined to discover it….

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Expand Your Tent

Expansion, expansion, expansion… Isn’t that what it is all about, expanding, conquering, and growing? Whether we own, work for, or manage a business we all want to expand our presence, our market share and move up the corporate ladder. When I started my acting studio Broadway2LA that was my thinking, I wanted to expand, and…

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Turn the Page

We all have that page that is extremely difficult to turn in life, that weighs us down, and is left open. The page we can’t turn includes our regrets, and more specifically, the memory with the most guilt. The more guilt we have associated with a memory the harder it is to turn that page….

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Super Objectives

In the world of acting, knowing what your character wants (objective) is crucial when preparing a role. A character’s actions will align with their objectives, whatever their wants and needs are, their actions will follow. This holds true not only in the craft of acting, but in life. I met an individual last week who…

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Capacity: Mental/ Physical/ Emotional

Recently, I heard a football coach talks about his players’ mental and physical capacity this off-season and how much more they can handle this year as compared to prior years. He went on to say that the higher one’s capacity the better the performance on and off the field for his student athletes. Capacity can…

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Upstage or Downstage?

The majority of my actors when performing want to perform as far back as possible (upstage) to hide and feel safe. I am constantly asking my actors to perform downstage and be closer to the audience. I have observed over the years the actors who perform downstage lack self-confidence and have trouble communicating clearly and…

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In Quickness Is Truth

I was reading excerpts from Ray Bradbury’s book “Zen in the Art of Writing” and he has a principle which he states: “In quickness is truth.” I write a weekly blog and the most effective blogs I write are without hesitation. I have found that the more I delay when I am writing the less…

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Solving Problems

Doctors solve our health problems, lawyers solve our legal problems, counselors help solve mental problems, and leaders solve problems at work. If we re-frame our thinking and seek to solve problems rather than report them we will be seen in a different light. I have had to shift my thinking on problem solving in that…

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CQ= Generate + Select + Execute

We know our IQ, EQ (emotional intelligence), however, few know CQ (Creative Intelligence). Here is a definition of CQ: Creative intelligence is the ability to go beyond the existing to create novel and interesting ideas. Creative people come up with ideas that are like undervalued stocks, which are generally rejected by the public at large….

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False Reality

No one wants it, yet we all want to get better… The question is how do we get better if we aren’t open to criticism? We live in a day and time where everyone “gets a trophy”, we all want to hear the great things that we do, and we shy away from criticism and…

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One day in LA while trying to get an agent, I executed on an original idea and turned it into an action. As an actor, a high priority was getting an agent, and one way to get their attention, was to mail them your head shot, resume, and a cover letter. I remember being in…

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Connect the Dots

Once you “Connect the Dots” on your life your perspective changes. Understanding where you come from and where you are going adds purpose and meaning to one’s life. For some of us, our “dots” are all over the place in that we have changed careers, professions, started new businesses, and gone back to school for…

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