Making a Difference

My background is as a professional singer, which has afforded me the privilege of participating both musically and personally in many extraordinary moments. Yet some of the most powerful experiences of my career and life have been off stage- in coaching young artists, volunteering my time, getting to know my readers and listeners, and mentoring.

Learning versus Winning

In my graduate training, I had the opportunity to work in a day program providing individual and group counseling for those with mental illness. What I learned from those incredible men and women would fill an entire book. What I learned in an afternoon from a man named Brian I'd like to share with you here.

Generosity

In spite of what many people think, generosity is more than an idealist’s ideal. It is a requirement for anyone who wants to be truly successful... in performance, in relationships, and in life.

Being Lucky

We are all so lucky. We have not only the freedom to choose the paths we'll take, but the attitudes we'll carry with us along the way. This realization makes a gift of each moment, freeing up the energy, passion, and creativity to move forward with lightness and fun up the precious hill called life.

Louder Than Words

I've said a lot in my writing about the power of silence and the importance of non-verbal communication. And I stand by their merits; a vacation from language provides for an awareness that speaks volumes about who we are and how we engage with the world and those around us.But what about when that vacation is permanent?

A Wild and Precious Life

Here we are at the turn of another year, a time dedicated to introspection that for many of us is philosophical and existential in nature. I too dwell on these ideas, though my focus of late has been elsewhere. For regardless of what we think, how we feel and what we make it all mean, our lives are the result not of our thoughts, but of the actions we take.

Facilitating Workshops

This weekend, I'm heading to Kripalu to give my final workshop of the year. I've facilitated a number of classes this fall, each an incredible opportunity that leaves me wondering, 'do I really get paid for this?' Certainly I love what I do. But the marveling at compensation comes less from the joy of sharing my work and more from what I receive by doing so: objectivity.

Marketing Creativity

Something happens to creative people when they're asked to address the business aspects of their art. The passion and talent that come through on every channel all but dissipate when they consider where and how they 'fit' into their fields. The proud, declarative 'this is me!' all too often shifts into a frustrated and confused 'who am I? who should I be?'

Talent

There's no conclusive proof of what makes a musical genius. In fact, the only thing experts do agree on is what they're uncertain of. I don't claim to have any definitive answers, though I would like to share some exciting- and perhaps startling- observations from my own practice over the past 15 years.

Performance Anxiety

Performance anxiety is an elephant-in-the-room sized issue for everyone who spends time on any kind of a stage. But it doesn't have to be. A shift in perspective can turn terror into a truly rewarding experience.

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