I have a love-hate relationship with summer. Especially July.
Inevitably, summer for me -- and July is always the worst -- is a frustrating time, as much as it can be relaxing. Life slows down (because it does) and it feels like it slows down even more because of the humidity. And I find my brain slows down, too.
I tell myself now that this is what summer is all about and to just chill. Don't fight the slo-mo reality. Now that I'm more mindful of my sluggishness during the summer, I don't beat myself up about it as much.
To mitigate my frustration and creative blocks, I now proactively view summer as an annual opportunity to give myself permission to take a solid break from constant writing and idea-generating. I use this time to explore other things I like to do, or want to learn more about and to open my world a bit more. I see this exploration as a form of zooming out and it usually helps me to see things anew from this vantage point, which can often be pretty exciting.
No matter what kind of creative animal you are, if you're feeling a little blocked or your creative spark needs just a little bit of fueling, consider trying some of these super useful tips that I found at the website Creative Boom to get your mojo up and running again.
For my other useful "Tips To Go" posts on adaptation rights and task management, please click here and here!
Wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate my insanely talented sister Lisa Rothstein on her VERY exciting New Yorker cartoon debut! (Up to over 95k+ likes on Instagram!)
Lisa has been plugging away at her art for many years, so this is without question well-deserved on both an artistic level and a grit level.
Keep at it folks, be patient and trust, and, when the time is right -- it will come!
In the meantime, please check out Lisa's very timely and "tweetable" Trump/Kim cartoon HERE!
Couldn't be more excited about my latest column for The Clyde Fitch Report where I interview Harold Wolpert, Signature Theatre's new executive director.
I got a chance to catch up with Wolpert 30 days into his new role to see how things were going. He is excited to be there and has already hit the ground...listening.
Wolpert: "I’m on what I’m calling a 'listening tour,' just trying to get a sense of how things work here. No one else is doing what Signature is doing — it’s a really incredible place."
For the full interview, please click here.
Feeling like a wanker for not getting invited to the wedding?
Not to worry! Check out my theatrical alternatives at Broadway.com for celebrating the royal couple today, and beyond, as they embark on their new life together!
Mickey McGuire is the executive director of the recently renovated 420-seat Seminole Theatre down in Homestead FL. The road to his current position was a long and winding one, but everything he experienced along the way got him there and informs how he does his job.
Wanna know how this smart, poised guy got to where he is and how he's using The Seminole Theatre to put Homestead back on the map? Find out in my latest Clyde Fitch Report column.
Fan of Altered Carbon, Third Watch or Blue Bloods? Then you'll definitely want to take a few minutes to check out my latest Q&A for The Clyde Fitch Report where I catch up with the very busy and very talented actor Ato Essandoh:
"As much as I love social media and smart phones, they are killing our ability to socialize in the flesh as we’ve evolved to do."
Check out the full Q&A here!
Happy International Women's Day!
Looking for some inspiration in these trying political times?
Check out my illuminating Clyde Fitch Report interview with NYC's Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Julie Menin and find out why she's one of NYC's fiercest arts advocates...and our very own beacon of hope:
"The country and the world are paying attention to NYC’s leading role as a catalyst for fairness and change."
Read more here!
Excited to finally be able to officially share this news, and so proud that Mad Libs Live! is considered among the "Best of Off-Broadway!" Can't wait for the show to hit the road!
Check out the big announcement here at Theatermania!
If you're a creative who wears a number of hats like I do and has a lonnnnng list of tasks to execute each day, I'm here to tell you (and myself!) that it's okay to get just one thing done each day!
That's right -- Just. One. Thing. Screw that long to-do list! Because, as Socrates reportedly said, "Beware the barrenness of a busy life."
It's become my belief that giving yourself permission to get just one meaningful thing done a day (as opposed to squeezing in 5, 10 or 1,000 things, many of which are not meaningful) will make you just as productive in the end as you already are -- if not more so.
Doing just one thing a day can be as simple as sending a follow-up email to a person you met at a networking event, going out to dinner with a friend who needs company or showing yourself some love through 5-10 minutes of meditation.
With all the multi-tasking and "have to do's" we often pile on ourselves, we can quickly fall prey to stress, depression and illness. So, I'm here to tell you (and myself!) that you not only have permission to get just one thing done each day, but when you execute that one thing -- you have permission to feel really good about what you've accomplished! That this one action you took for the day? Yeah, it's SO enough! And also, think about this for a sec: If you do just one thing a day that means you've executed 7 things in a week, up to 31 things in a month and 356 things in a year! Dude, that's a lot of things! Not only that, but each of one of those actions has the chance to lead to other opportunities, new connections and positive returns for you on a practical level and for your well-being.
So, starting today, be mindful and thoughtful of what you ask of yourself each day. Look at your "I have to get all of these things done today otherwise I am a total failure" list, and if you don't have the time to do alllll of those things, don't stress! Take a few deep breaths, get some clarity and then pick just one thing from that list that you want to do, and do it. And that is enough for the day, my friend. Put a check in the win column cause you've earned it!
Below are three categories of some basic "just one thing" suggestions that make me feel pretty accomplished when I only have time to do one of them in a day. There's always tomorrow, or the next day or the day after that to do more than just one thing when you have more time. And don't be surprised if down the road you discover that giving yourself permission to do just one thing a day brings you greater peace, a more positive outlook and leads to more than just one great thing for you and your creative work.
3 CATEGORIES OF EASY-BREEZY, MEANINGFUL & PRODUCTIVE "JUST ONE THING" A DAY IDEAS IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER *
Attending a networking event · Sending a follow-up email to someone you met at a networking event · Tweaking your LinkedIn profile · Requesting a reference on LinkedIn · Tweaking your resume · Writing a new blog post · Updating content on your website · Researching website builders for your new site · Researching contests, retreats or other opportunities for your writing project · Touching base with an industry expert for advice · Catching up on industry updates and articles · Jotting down a new story or script idea · Writing three pages of a new scene or story or character development
2. KINDNESS TO OTHERS:
Sending a thank you email to someone who helped you · Donating to a cause · Volunteering to help a friend or an organization · Buying someone you don't know a cup of coffee · Offering to give someone a reference on LinkedIn · Offering your expertise to someone over email, a phone call or coffee
10-30 minutes of meditation · Massage · Yoga class · 30-minute run · Taking a snoozy afternoon nap · Losing yourself in a delightful book · Treating yourself to a nice dinner out or a delicious glass of wine or a feel-good movie or show · Soaking in a yummy Dr. Teals bubble bath before bed · Planning a vacation · Taking a quick, easy day trip or getaway · Dancing like a maniac in your living room · Taking a walk with no particular destination
* Got any other ideas to add to these categories? Feel free to leave them in the comments below, and I'll add 'em in!
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