Thursday, March 20, 2014

THE AGONY AND ECSTASY OF WRITING

So I'm reading an amazing book on how writers write.  How they're tortured by writing, enthralled by it and most importantly, how they can't stop doing it.  I believe, like anything in life, if you truly love it you are meant to do it.  People often ask me how I sit down every day and commit to the manuscript…the truth is, I want to.  If I don't write I feel like I'll explode.  I feel like something is wrong until I let it out.  All I think about is my book so I may as well write it down for someone else to enjoy.  So if you think you want to write, but you can never actually put pen to paper, do something else.  Art and expression comes in many forms!  Find the form that you adore and can't stop thinking about…the magic will happen.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

ART TAKES TWO

If you develop a small accountability group to nurture your project, magical things can happen.  As this video shows, when one person creates, not a lot of attention is given, but with the power of two, mountains are moved...

WHEN YOU DOUBT YOUR VOICE HAS MERIT...

Sometimes being an artist, any type of artist, is bewildering.  Is what I'm doing good, interesting, needed?  Will I ever make any money from it?  Will anyone ever see these things that I create?  Does anyone WANT to see these things I create?  Should I give up this artistic pursuit and focus on a more practical existence?  
Whenever you think these thoughts, and if you are an artist or even attempt anything artistic you will think them at one stage or another, please read the below quote.  It is true beyond belief and a much needed reminder of why we do the crazy things we do.  Go forth and create people!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

WRITE YOUR STORIES - THEY ARE IMPORTANT

Who you are is important.  What you are going to do in life is important.  Your opinion is important and more importantly than that, needed.  Every single person in the world is unique and that is why everyone's story is interesting, valuable and special.  Never, ever doubt that your contribution to story telling is lame, boring or cliched.  If you write from the heart, you will never get it wrong.  
WRITE PEOPLE.  SHARE YOUR STORIES.  
IT HELPS US FIGURE OUT WHO WE ARE AND WHAT MAKES US HAPPY.  YOUR TALE MAY BE THE EXACT THING SOMEONE NEEDS TO KEEP THEM GOING AND PUT A SMILE ON THEIR FACE.  DO IT.  BE BOLD AND BRAVE.  

Monday, November 4, 2013

INSPIRING NEW FICTION BY MEG WOLITZER


Meg Wolitzer is an amazing writer and her latest book, The Interestings, does not disappoint.  Her investigation of what path artists can stumble along is fascinating, terrifying, illuminating and heartbreaking.  It's also totally absorbing and I already miss the characters and wonder what they are currently up to.  You know a book is good when you think about the characters as real people in the world!  Thanks Meg for another fantastic book.  My favorite this year.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

LET YOURSELF STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD


When I talk to teens, I often get asked how I achieved my dreams.  Actress, author, public speaker - I'm lucky to have done them all.  But how do you achieve your dreams?  Are some people just lucky?  Or is it hard work that makes dreams come true?  The answer is being really honest with yourself and recognizing what you absolutely love - and then taking steps towards doing it.  
In your heart of hearts, what would you LOVE to be doing?  Now think of three things you could practically do to help this dream come true.  They can be small steps or big ones.  Have a deadline when you WILL do these things...and see what happens.  People aren't lucky - they're assertive.  DO IT!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

My Fave Short Film

the Scared is scared from Bianca Giaever on Vimeo.
MY FAVE SHORT FILM!
Story telling is an amazing part of our culture.  It brings us together, makes us not feel so alone and helps us process through a myriad of life's twists and turns.  Check out this amazing video of a kid's story.  I think this is one of my favorite short films of all time.