All it takes is one. One person to get you. To see your talent. To take a risk on you. To believe in you. And we’ve all seen it; it can all change in a heartbeat. The business is all about perception. Nobody knows who you are or what you’re about or how extraordinary your talent might be—and then one day it changes. Or it changes once you show them. And then all of a sudden, everyone’s interested. But to get to that “one” you have to create opportunities to be seen. And it ta
I read an article entitled “3 Things Actors Need to Shed on Their Journeys” by Craig Wallace. It gives the author’s thoughts on some things that should fall away along an actor’s voyage. But upon reading it, I think many of us can integrate these points into our lives no matter what our craft. I think it’s important to understand the importance of a journey. No matter what your plan or idea, a journey is key. What makes the journey worthwhile is what we pick up along the
If you’re going to think thoughts you might as well think big ones. First off it’s free. Second it feels better to think in terms of possibility and creativity, rather than thinking thoughts that are tethered to our conditioned way of seeing things. That is, incorrectly. Third, that’s how science works. Scientists call their experiments fields. Fields of study.
Fields of research.
Fields of discovery.
Fields of possibility.
Fields of dreams. It’s open. Wide open spaces. I
Viola Davis has openly addressed the comments made by New York Times writer Alessandra Stanley. Stanley recently said Davis was “less classically beautiful” while referring to Shonda Rhimes, producer of How to Get Away With Murder, as an angry black woman. In response to that article, New York Times public editor, Margaret Sullivan, said it was “astonishingly tone-deaf and out of touch.” Sullivan also noted, “The readers and commentators are correct to protest this story.” Sh
James Baldwin was born on this day in 1924 (to December 1, 1987). He was an important 20th Century novelist, writer, playwright, poet, social critic, essayist and civil rights activist who offered a vital literary voice during the era of civil rights activism in the 1950s and '60s.
James Arthur Baldwin was born in Harlem, the eldest of nine children born to Emma Berdis Jones. He would never know who his biological father was. At a very young age, his mother married David B
It’s real easy to get caught up in being the next who’s who, especially as an artist. It seems our work, our presence, our very being is compared to someone else. “With your voice, you could be the next James Earl Jones?” or “You look like Morris Chestnut!” Now of course these are compliments, but how about be yourself? “Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another,” wrote Voltaire, at the same time, Julian Schnabel cla
As a kid, when I became an adult, I saw myself as a cool guy, who wore awesome clothes, stayed up late, wrote amazing stories and created stuff, and ate lots of cookies. And oddly enough, I kinda turned into that guy. (I’ve got the dental visits to prove it). Yet, in a society that tells us don’t daydream and that artists starve, we let that kid go silent. But it takes a conscious effort to learn to dream again. That cool adult we always saw ourselves as is still in us,
What I’ve learned in 30 years is that everybody is different and just like everyone is different, everyone’s dreams are different. Some people dream in black and white, some people dream in straight lines, and some people dream vividly and colorfully-- outside of the lines and even off the page. Now, this isn’t to say black and white and straight lines are a bad thing. Structure is necessary for life, but so is fulfillment. Many of us aspire to more than just what society or
It is a strong symbol to me. My parents and grandparents have called me their “little prince” since I was a child-- plus I like to feel crowns keep me connected to my inner king! I have constant reminders of my “having that something” and I don’t necessarily brush it off, but I receive it gratefully and humbly and move on. But perhaps my forefathers and foremothers are speaking. Perhaps they are reaching out to me. Today our Senior Graphic Designer (who doesn’t work in the of
Along with my #30in30, I'll be including other thoughts for wellness and success. Today are five of the many I plan to include over the next few weeks! Justdream Don’t live your life to please others. Don’t depend on forces outside of yourself to get ahead. Seek harmony and compassion in your business and personal life. Get rid of the back-stabbers—surround yourself only with people who will lift you higher. Be nice. #30in30 #dream #success