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

Thinking about wealth

It’s probably no surprise that this has been coming up a lot lately: The world around us talks about achieving wealth incessantly, and any number of gurus have methods they’d love to sell you. But regardless of the viability of any or all of these plans, there are far too many artists who give up … Read more

Welcome to 2022

New Year’s Day is almost over on the West Coast, and I don’t want to let it slip away without any sort of comment. We’ve been through a rough couple of years. And it’s not over yet. With the rise of Omicron and arts organizations necessarily canceling performances and changing plans as the days wear … Read more

Mom wisdom

My mother loves owls, which I have always thought rather apt. She is a very wise woman. Of course, she thinks she’s completely ordinary, which just makes her insights into the rest of the world more potent. So here’s a quote — not because I love my mommy (which I do), but because she reminded … Read more

Curiosity is your best asset right now

As we head into what we hope to be the last several months of the arts shutdown, we cross fingers and toes, WEAR OUR MASKS and think of stages and lights and singing together again. But simply waiting can take a toll on creativity, so I offer you a challenge, if you haven’t done it … Read more

My vaccine came with bonus insights

Yeah, that’s a big claim. I’m not sure I can actually live up to that title, but I couldn’t resist. You see, I got vaxxed on Saturday, with no small amount of ridiculous drama. My appointment was sudden and unexpected, I really hate needles, I had to get a friend to drive me about 35 … Read more

Flying lesson

This is you, although it might not feel like it right now. The trick is, if you stop believing, you’ll stop flapping. You’ll forget how to glide. And flying will seem further and further out of reach. Believe. Be ready to glide when you feel the air shift. We’ll be flying again soon enough.

(Hiding out until normal comes back)

Here’s the problem with hiding out: “What’s normal again?” Can’t remember. And of course, it doesn’t matter much, because as things shut down and eventually open up again, things will be different… again. What we have to embrace is that the newness and strangeness of how the world is changing is OK. Look for the … Read more

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