One of the things I LOVE about my writing life is that I get to put myself to work. As an actor I am frequently asking to be put to work. The power is in the hands of the employer, the producer, the writer, the director.
That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy acting. I DO! And it means that there’s a larger opportunity for me – to CREATE work that can employ me as both an actor and a writer. You have the same opportunity.
I’ve got cake on the brain. It’s my birthday this week. There’s an awesome vegan, organic, gluten free bakery near my house (I know, it’s SO L.A.) and I was tempted to order a cake from them for my big day. They’re closed mid week, though, so I may settle for popping by and picking up some of their cookies and sharing them with friends and family for an impromptu celebration. (I’m also going up north with some friends as part of my birthday experience.)
What does this have to do with anything? It puts me in mind of the balance between my life and my art. I’m obsessing about cake this week while I’m writing ... Read more
My father is working on a children’s book. Very slowly.
Last Thanksgiving I sat down with him and we wrote the text – it’s a story he’s been telling for years. Then he was supposed to create the illustrations for the piece and send them to me. He hasn’t done it yet. It’s been six months. And he’s retired – so there ought to be plenty of time.
What’s the hold-up?
Each time I talk to my father he has a different excuse. I won’t list them all. There’s something in the way of my dad working on this project. It could be anything. Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art would call it resistance.
He’s not getting to ... Read more
TV writer staffing season is in full swing here in Hollywood. I don’t know what the outcome will be – whether a job will come my way or not. I’m hopeful and prepared and zen – and it’s not up to me.
But one of the joys of this time of year is getting to meet with amazing people. Last week I visited Shondaland – Shonda Rhimes production company – to talk to the creator of How To Get Away With Murder about a job on that show. And later in the week, I had a sit down with Oscar winner John Ridley – who won for writing the screenplay for 12 Years A Slave. He created the ... Read more
This week there are THREE (count ‘em) opportunities for you to get into your writing groove. It’s never been a better time to jump in. Take your pick (or pick them all)!
YOU CAN WRITE! Workshop
You’ve been wanting to CREATE YOUR OWN MATERIAL for a long time: A short play, a play, a web-series, a TV pilot or a screenplay.
You’ve made excuses about why you haven’t done it. You’ve been plagued with fears and frustrations about the process. It’s time to put the excuses aside and write your stuff. It’s easier than you think.
Saturday, April 19th – 10am – 1pm
YOU CAN WRITE! Workshop
Dive into an experience made just for you!
3 – hours of fun, relaxed, informative, ... Read more
ARSENIO IS MAKING ME RESCHEDULE!
I’ve NEVER written more emails to you than I’m writing these days. It’s because there’s more abundance than ever before!
I found out today I booked an acting gig on the Arsenio Hall show. (Woo-Hoo!) [No details yet on when it will air and I can't divulge any info about what I'm doing.]
It shoots tomorrow (Wednesday) and I have to clear my schedule. That means this week’s Creative Expression Session is moving to THURSDAY at 2:30 Pacific.
Same juicy content (a simple exercise to jumpstart the writer in you). And the video will remain archived on the site for you to see at any time.
Writing? Want to write?
It’s simpler than you think. And it can change your career from waiting to work to putting yourself to work.
Here are some essential thoughts about how to keep it going, that I’ve gathered from my life as a professional writer.
- Nurture your ideas. Jot them down in a notebook or your computer. Keep them close at hand. Every idea is a possible project.
- Think in terms of beginning, middle and end. Stretch your one scene or one moment into a story with an arc.
- Figure out the form: Is your story a monologue, a short story, a web-series, an article, a pilot, a film or a play?
- Map out your plan for writing. Create a schedule and deadlines.
- Figure out WHEN ... Read more
I KNOW YOU CAN WRITE
Because you have it in you. You have the desire, and the focus and the talent. You’ve proven it in all the other creative things you’ve done in your life. This is just one more.
In your head, you’ve made excuses about why you can’t write:
- I don’t have TIME!
- I don’t have anything to say.
- Nobody’s going to listen to me even if I wrote.
- It’s SCARY! And I’m not brave enough.
- I’m not SMART enough!!
None of that is true.
- You can make time.
- You can speak your truth.
- People will listen.
- The fear will disappear as you start doing it.
- If you can put words together, you’re smart enough to write anything.
YOU are the greatest resource, the most powerful person to tell YOUR story. ... Read more
STOP THE PRESSES!
THURSDAYS Creative Strategy Call & The March Workshop are being RESCHEDULED! An awesome thing happened as a result of my last few e-blasts:
YOU have spoken.
I’ve been hearing from actors among you who are interested in learning how to write and to manifest your own creative projects. You want to know how I’ve done what I’ve done. And how you can do it too! Yes! It makes complete sense to me – to re-tool my message to zero in on how you can cultivate your skills as a writer to change your creative life.
You can make it happen for you. I’ll show you how.
While I’m retooling, I’m clearing the decks. The March call originally planned for Thursday and the Workshop (on March 22nd) are no ... Read more
This month there are 2 awesome events to turbo-charge your creative projects. And one BONUS! (I’m so delighted to be doing all this, I’m pinching myself!)
1) The Creative Strategy Call is on March 13th
2) The Start That Project Workshop in L.A. on March 22nd
Become clear on how to be FOCUSED and PRODUCTIVE on the work that matters to YOU!
3) The bonus: I’ll be interviewed on blog-talk radio on March 16th by Tania- Maria Xavier-Rucker of The Colored People Network. Tune in for a fun discussion!
MAKE YOUR WORK WEEK MORE PRODUCTIVE
The February Creative Strategy Call ... Read more