A MIGHTY HEART – ACKNOWLEDGING OUR OWN GIFTS

The hardest part when I first started performing by myself was staying on the stage after the performance. I would sing my songs and then want to leave the stage. No bows. No applause. Just leave. I started performing because I realized that people thought my singing was pretty, and I felt that it was my gift to others. That said, I really didn’t believe that that was true. I was afraid that I wasn’t good enough, that I wasn’t talented enough. It was really uncomfortable and terrifying being on the stage. But I kept doing it because others believed in me. Continue reading “A MIGHTY HEART – ACKNOWLEDGING OUR OWN GIFTS”

Performer Inspiration – Lauren Hope Krass

Originally written for the New Moon Women’s Circle website

Lauren Hope Krass  didn’t grow up wanting to be a comedian.  Her courage led her to venture into the world of comedy.  She explains, “My thing is kinda just trying to be brave and try new things.  What I can say is that I knew I loved it from the first time I did it. It was a very loud open mic at a dive bar and when I got on stage, for some reason everybody shut up and listened so I figured I was onto something.  After about a year of doing it, I knew I wanted it to be my job job and then put the steps in motion to move to NYC. I told myself okay one year from today, I’m moving to New York and then I actually did it…I think it kind of shocked a bunch of people who were like ‘Wait. Really?  You were serious?’” Continue reading “Performer Inspiration – Lauren Hope Krass”

INSPIRATION AND MAGIC – ALLOW IT TO FLOW TO YOU THIS WEEK

Originally written for the New Moon Women’s Circle website

I love that moment when there’s a spark of inspiration, and I start writing or planning, and the result is a magical, beautiful work of art!  Unfortunately…my muse does not whisper in my ears 24/7. But that doesn’t stop my creative process.

I am a post-it queen.  When I think of songs that I want to sing, an idea for a story, a recipe idea, or even some other creative thought that’s not fully formed or actionable at that point, I write it on a post-it, stick it on my bedroom wall. After some time has passed, it will either grows into multiple post-its and be transferred to a notebook, or I will toss it.  It may or may not turn into a full project, but the process is what is important. The post-it system provides me with that the freedom to unleash my wildest ideas regularly and keep the creativity flowing.

When the post-it wall does becomes larger project, it is richer with all the ideas that I have gleaned by connections, by throwing out things, by fleshing out the glimmer of half-formed thoughts.  This constant flow of creativity provides the inspiration and the magic for my best projects. Creativity comes out of play and curiousity and practice. By rubbing the sticks together, a spark and flame may ignite; it is the tending of the flame that ignites a wildfire and creates magic.  To quote Kermit the Frog, “keep believing, keep pretending.” That’s the key. Keep creating and the inspiration and magic will appear.

Performer Inspiration – Gretchen Reinhagen

Originally written for the New Moon Women’s Circle website

UNSUNG HEROINE: GRETCHEN REINHAGEN

By day, she might seem like any other corporate executive assistant, but by night she has the power to make you laugh until you cry within an hour and a half. Unless you spend your time around the New York cabaret scene, you may not know Gretchen Reinhagen, but let me share with you a little about this talented storyteller and why you should get to know her and why she inspires me on a regular basis, not only as a director, but as a human being. Continue reading “Performer Inspiration – Gretchen Reinhagen”