by Steve on May 23rd, 2014
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
by Steve on November 1st, 2011
Last week, shortly after I wrote my newsletter, I got a life-changing call: I’ve been selected as a staff writer on the cable TV series Covert Affairs
. I’ve been doing a happy dance ever since!
I moved to Los Angeles almost two years ago in search of TV writing work – and I’m thrilled to get the opportunity. I love the show and the creators are really nice guys. Already I’m in prep mode – doing a ton of research and brainstorming show ideas. I’m also employing all my creative techniques: scheduling, taking breaks, taking deep breaths, asking for help. The writers room kicks in on November 7th – and I’m sure it will be a delightful, challenging adventure.
I’m excited, also, to bring you every creative ... Read more
by Steve on July 15th, 2011
I lived in New York on 9/11. It’s a long story that I won’t go into here, but essentially I was heading downtown on a crowded bus (to work) when the second
tower fell. It took me 6 hours to get back uptown to my apartment when I realized my workplace was closed. Buses were packed. Subways weren’t running. Pay phones were out of commission: lines were busy or phones were broken. I didn’t have a cell at the time.
What does this have to do with email? Email was the only thing that worked reliably during that crisis and the days and weeks that followed. And the common subject line to New Yorkers was “Are You Ok?”
I bring ... Read more
by Steve on June 7th, 2011
I’ve been having so much fun working with Samantha Bennett (of The Organized Artist Company) and cheering people on as they get their projects out into the world, that we decided to do a FREE call. Here’s the recording (bottom of the page).
To listen or download the Free Call, click here
by Steve on May 25th, 2011
What a call! Listen as Samantha Bennett and I uncover the keys to moving your work ahead and out into the world. The World Needs Your Work! (The Link is at the bottom of the page) http://bit.ly/gywot-2
by Steve on April 19th, 2011
Last week was a blur: a good blur. It felt like a marathon, but in reality – an audition, a costume fitting, a meeting for a “big” TV job were among the highlights. Every item (especially the job meeting) required massive preparation: in this case, watching four seasons of a popular cable program, making notes on the show itself, and detailing how I relate to it. There were several very busy days and a few late nights, presenting multiple opportunities to learn (again and again) how to stay present in the midst of (potential) chaos.
How you say? Good question: I broke it down to a few key things – each embodied in my Core ... Read more