Hear the Recording: FREE Call GET YOUR WORK OUT THERE! Q & A

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. Steve


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

Run / Breathe / Bless

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

Action Creates Action

by Steve on March 15th, 2011
The fast moving worldThis year I’m in the writers mentoring program at CBS, a networking program for people of color trying to break into the TV writing business. Prior to being in the program, my manager suggested I apply – and at the time I had resistance to the idea. My resistance came primarily from the fact that I wanted a job and the program at CBS is not a job. But eventually, realizing that I might as well apply, I did the necessary work and sent in my stuff. Now I’m happily ensconced in weekly meetings, connecting with industry wisdom and learning so much! And what else? The surprising thing to me has been that my agent and my manager ... Read more

The Art of Collaboration

by Steve on February 15th, 2011
Remember when you learned about cooperation? You may have seen learned about it from a kids show (I did!) or you might have been taught about it in school. I recall it seemed pretty cool when I first encountered it: the notion of working with other people to accomplish a single goal. The typical educational illustrations were along the lines of putting toys away (as a group) or planning a party (as a group). What fun! Well, I’m here to tell you it hasn’t gone away – as adults and as artists, we’re more likely to call it collaboration. A few weeks ago, as part of a TV writers training program I’m ... Read more

Plan to Break Through

by Steve on January 1st, 2011
Happy New Year! The amazing thing about this time of year is that it seems like EVERYONE is planning – or at least talking about planning. Just as people were clinking glasses and cheering – as the fireworks were exploding overheard – people all over the country were using the r word: resolution. It got me thinking, in the way that I start thinking when I hear something over and over again and it loses its meaning, what exactly is everyone talking about? So I turned to my friend Mirriam Webster (who was also toasting the New Year) and I inquired. Here’s what I found out: Resolution is a noun and here are Mirriam’s first ... Read more

A Map to Freedom

by Steve on December 20th, 2010
A funny thing happened on the way to writing my latest script. I had been working on my outline for weeks, getting clearer and clearer on the details of my story – making story points and characters sharper and sharper. Then I attended a seminar about script writing, with an amazing teacher (and accomplished screenwriter) – Corey Mandell. He said something that completely changed my process. He talked about how writing, evaluating and re-writing are three distinct things – using different parts of the brain. If a writer tries to do all of those at once (as most writers do) it amounts to multi-tasking and produces muddy results. He prescribes just ... Read more

Beyond Limitations

by Steve on November 24th, 2010
In a Yoga class, recently, I was stretching as far as I could (or so I thought). Then the teacher explained that with a deep inhale and exhale I could actually move farther, beyond my original perceived limitation. I took that breath and was surprised to discover that she was right. I moved incrementally deeper into the lunge, without forcing or pushing – it was all in the breath and the willingness to try it another way. If you’re anything like me, you’re facing new challenges all the time. My life seems to be more complicated this year than last. The truth is, I’ve been taking on new projects, stretching myself further than I previously have. The goal ... Read more

Appreciate Your Assets!

by Steve on October 26th, 2010
The other day I flipped through the TV channels. That might sound like a pedestrian statement to you, but to me it was a BIG DEAL. I’m a serious TV watcher (after all I’ve had acting and writing work on “the tube” and I have many friends who are in the industry.) So I watch television with intention: to see what the professional landscape looks like. To that end, I’m a believer in “appointment television”: I watch when something is on TV that I want to see. As a rule I don’t channel surf. I set my TiVo and I watch what I’ve planned to watch (and yes, that often includes commercials). So the other ... Read more

Adding up Your Life with NEGATIVE Numbers

by Steve on September 18th, 2010
Does this happen to you? You’re working on a project (a play, a painting, a book, a job-search) and you think: “This will never work. I’m not (smart, talented, influential) enough to do this. It’s hopeless.” Then, rather than sit down and focus on your project, you take up some distraction and fritter away the time? Sound familiar? It’s familiar to me. I’ve done it and I’ve worked with clients who’ve done it. I call it Adding Up Your Life With Negative Numbers. Actually, let me rephrase. I’ve done it and I still do it. As I commit to upping the game of my life in all my creative disciplines, those negative ... Read more

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