Dive into your task list with a monthly AFD (Action-Focused Day)

Planning is absolutely essential. But you can’t stop there. If you’re spending too much time making and organizing your lists and notes rather than taking action to check those things off, here’s a way to reset on a regular basis: It’s an ACTION-FOCUSED DAY. The technique is simple, and you’d do well to make room … Read more

Forget January — how about now?

Next week marks the start of spring, and I have a little suggestion: Whether or not you made New Year’s resolutions this year, it might be a good time to pick something NOW to change between now and next spring.  Spring is a time of rebirth, renewal, energy and inspiration.  We’re also facing a lot … Read more

Because I said so

As we start to get busy again, I’m hearing a theme in the posts and emails and conversations and general vibe from some of our Listers: FEAR. We’re all dealing with the same reality: fewer jobs around, and way too many talented artists vying for them. It’s exactly what we’ve all trained for… but more … Read more

Yes, you need some coaching. (We all do.)

Call it processing. Call it the buddy system. Getting some perspective. Finding a new viewpoint. What you probably already know is that being an artist and performer is hard, and no one should go through that life alone. Whether you need a single session to clarify your goals or lay out some plans, or a … Read more

This guy’s day

In case you’re NOT a fan of weird holidays, Bill Murray movies or large rodents… Today is Groundhog Day. I’ll spare you the requisite history lesson — you can Google it as well as I can. What I really love about this quasi-holiday is the focus on PREDICTION. At various points in our lives, we … Read more

UPDATED: New (and free) program in January

[This post was originally posted automatically as a December project, but we have since decided to move this program to January. See the updated dates below. But you can still apply now!] While COVID numbers are getting better and the arts are opening up bit by bit, a lot of performers are still feeling very, … Read more

In praise of partnerships

This is not a post about romance. But it might be about loneliness. Don’t worry, dear Listers – I’m fine. No cry for help here. But I’ve been keenly aware lately that the pandemic has left a lot of very creative people adrift, and even now that the light is shining through the clouds, there … Read more

Reopening & uncertainty

When the pandemic shutdown started 14 months ago, it seemed perfectly logical to suggest lists of things we could do with the unexpected time off. Now, as the pandemic seems to be winding down (although we’ll see about that), I find myself reticent to offer advice on how to re-enter the world. If there’s one … Read more

ISBAT Syndrome

I’ve been meaning to write about this for some time, especially since one of the emotive words I’m hearing most often in coaching sessions during the pandemic is “frustrated”. We all have good reason to feel that way right now — more than usual. But I’d like to tell you two stories. First, yes — … Read more

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