by Steve on November 20th, 2013
2014 is coming! And with it, your BIG creative plans are on their way.
What are you going to do? How are you going to stay on track and focused with respect to all you have to offer? How are you going to manifest your work in the world?
One way is to connect with your peers. Break the isolation and share your triumphs and your challenges in a supportive environment.
That’s why I’m doing Creative Circle Coaching – It’s a virtual coaching group. If you’ve been considering coaching, but don’t have the bandwidth or the budget for one on one sessions, this could be for you.
Gather every week for six weeks for sessions that begin with an inspired reading, followed by a check in, a focus area ... Read more
by Steve on October 25th, 2013
I’ve been traveling a bit this year and have found myself in places I’ve never been before. It can be exciting and disorienting. Usually I like to have a map or a plan or a friend by my side who knows the territory. And, at the same time, I know I’m fully capable of figuring out how to navigate. I’ve never gotten irrevocably lost – I’ve always found my way back to where I started. I’ve always found my way back home. Chances are you have too.
Given that, it makes sense to lean into the adventure of the moving down a new road. It makes sense to envision the journey as fun rather than stressful. That perspective allows me the opportunity to dance down the road rather ... Read more
by Steve on September 30th, 2013
Celebration is hard work.
Seriously. There’s no doubt we’re part of a workaholic, focused, driven society. We artists are just as prone to the grind of non-stop, hyper-busy, all or nothing energy that pervades the life of corporate workers.
I’m no exception. I’m coming off of a busy year of TV writing. I took a vacation almost right away (an improvement over last year). And I’m back at it – working on my own stuff with an energy and abandon that I enjoy. I’m being productive. I’m having fun. And I’m keeping my eyes open for chances to take breaks, replenish and celebrate. (I think there’s a nap coming up right after I finish writing this.)
In a world of snark and negative reviews, I’m big on gratitude ... Read more
by Steve on August 31st, 2013
You’re walking down the street and there’s a woman sitting on the ground. You don’t know her. Her clothing is old and worn. She’s homeless. She asks you for a job. Can you recommend her for something? What do you say to her?
You’re walking down the street and there’s your best friend sitting at a bus stop. She looks amazing. Healthy and well dressed. She asks you for a job. You’re not in a position to hire but you probably can recommend her to someone. What do you say to her?
You’re connected to someone through a friend of a friend. You’ve never met this person, but you’ve talked to her on the phone. She seems nice, but you don’t know anything about her beyond the ... Read more
by Steve on July 31st, 2013
I was half-way though writing on a different topic for this month when this one emerged, full blown from my consciousness. I should clarify: I always write these articles based on what I need to hear (same for my tweets). I’m glad they resonate for others, but they’re always for me. I look inside to discover what needs to be spoken to. And I lean into that.
There are a ton of ways to define who we are: by our possessions (“I’m a home owner”), by our relationships (“I’m a mom”), by our status (“I’m a college graduate.”) Anyone can define themselves by their accomplishments. In the entertainment industry, people define themselves by the reviews they get. Or the awards they win. I’ve done all these ... Read more
by Steve on June 25th, 2013
When I got into college (my first choice school) I was super excited. About six months into my studies, the novelty had worn off. I was unimpressed and restless, wondering and worrying about the next challenge – the next big thing. I was already beyond appreciating where I was and what I had the opportunity to do. I was consumed with what wasn’t working rather than engaged in what was working well.
You’ve likely seen the phenomenon – in your life, in the lives of your friends and your creative collaborators. Joy turns to cynicism. Enthusiasm turns to negativity. Sharing one’s creative gift from a place of purity and service turns to narcissism and self involvement.
I think it’s the disease of our time – a major ... Read more
by Steve on May 24th, 2013
A funny thing happened on the way to the movies. A few things, actually, and not really funny (more strange than “ha ha” and not all that strange) – but they did happen and there was a movie involved.
First, I saw a billboard about the film. No words on it, just a compelling image. Then, a few weeks later, I saw another billboard with an image and the title. I thought, “Oh that’s what that is!” Then, a flood of information: a commercial about the film on TV – featuring the cast (famous and sexy, naturally), an article online (Facebook), a work colleague mentioned having seen the commercial (on YouTube), another article (Deadline Hollywood) featured the first four minutes of the film, then a big ... Read more
by Steve on April 20th, 2013
I love coaching people because I always see a reflection of myself. In every struggle, in every question, in every dialogue about moving forward in life and in art is a prism of my own challenged, joyful process.
The clearer I see what I’m up to, catalog what I’m learning, cultivate my awareness around the blocks and the moments of flow, the better I’m able to help.
As I’ve been talking to people lately, this question comes up in spades: How do I introduce myself? To be clear, it doesn’t come up in exactly those words. It comes up in every discussion around marketing, taking meetings, writing bios, making an impression. Whether it’s an elevator speech, a letter writing campaign or a job interview – this is ... Read more
by Steve on March 30th, 2013
I got an email a few months ago asking if I had any advice on how to get things done. As creative folks we face this every day – the question of what to do when, how much is enough and when to rest (if we rest).
There’s no mystery about where this comes from. We’re the culture of over 200 cable channels. New cars, new computers and new phone models emerge every year. New movies and TV shows, new video games, new plays come pouring forth like someone turned on a spigot. It stands to reason that in our own individual creative process we expect the same kind of flood of productivity. We have so many ideas, so many things on the plate, that choosing ... Read more
by Steve on February 24th, 2013
I come from a long line of clutterers. I was raised with the notion that piles are an indication of a productive person at work. It stands to reason, then, that the more you’re working on, the more piles you have. The more piles you have, the more abundant your work life is. The flaws in this logic are obvious. It’s difficult to be working on anything when you’re stepping over, around, and through piles.
I’ve spent years navigating through the decision making process that accompanies recycling and throwing things away. I’ve been helped immensely by Marilyn Paul’s book: It’s Hard To Make A Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys.
And, consequently, holding onto only what’s necessary is a goal of mine.
Easier said than done.
Last ... Read more