Lessons from Writing a Book

Last year, I wrote a book. This year, I’m getting it published. Here are a few lessons I’ve learned along the way:

  • In order to call yourself a writer, there are rules:

    1. Write.

    2. Nope, that’s it.

  • Writing can be isolating. Find writing buddies to be in the same room and work on your own stuff at the same time.

  • Just write anything. Write for the garbage can, write nonsense, write stream of consciousness.

  • If you have no time to write, do it in fifteen minute increments.

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Episodic Season: Your First Day On Set

As a recurring character on a network television show and an acting coach, I get a lot of emails from people asking what they can expect their first day on set for an episodic.

I remember my first day on a network TV set, as “EMT #1” on Chicago Fire. I was excited, but mostly nervous. It was a hot Saturday in July. Most people I knew were at Lollapalooza and I was on 290 in an ambulance.

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All I want for the holidays is to book a job!

This year’s gift guide is here! In addition to ideas for casting directors and agents, I’ve included you in the guide this year! Whether you are treating yourself or have someone who needs a gift idea for you, why not take your business to the next level? Coaching might just be the boost you need to book that next job. You’re a business. Invest in yourself!

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The Science of Positive Self-Talk

It’s the halfway point in the year, which means it’s a wonderful opportunity for self-reflection.
A Japanese experiment by Dr. Masaru Emoto provides stunning evidence of the power of positive self-talk. Dr. Emoto took tap water and put it various containers, taping to the front words like, “Thank you,” “You’re beautiful,” “I love you,” and “You’re smart.” Then he took other jars of water and wrote things like, “I hate you,” “You’re stupid,” and “You’re never going to be good enough.” He then spoke those words to the containers for a period of time and examined the water molecules under a microscope and photographed what he found.

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How To Quiet The Negative Voice In Your Head

There are two significant fears everyone has:

  1. You are not enough
  2. You won’t be loved

These fears show up differently for everyone. “Don’t you think you’re too unattractive for that role?” your gremlin might suggest. “All the other girls in this room are prettier than you.”

“Why would anyone want to hear your story? It’s nothing special.”

“You should just stay home today. Just skip this audition. No one will care.”

“That casting director hates you.”

Sound familiar?

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