Project Planning Checklist That Helps Me Get Sh*t Done

This is the template that I use to tackle any type of big and seemingly overwhelming task: Project Name Project Deadline Specific Requirements Completion Checklist Possible components (brain dump) Ordered specific steps, with time allocation and dates. Do steps and time allocation first. Then add dates. Project checkpoints (office hours, draft reads, etc.) Risks and ways to avoid them Credits to Jay Bacrania for introducing this template to me

What I Learned From Six Weeks of Acting Classes

1) When you have to learn lines quickly, do the following things: a. Scratch out the stage directions temporarily b. Write down all lines in a scene as a monologue c. Look at the script for clues of what you know before the scene begins d. Read it at least 15 times a day 2) The text is the enemy; the circumstances are you friend 3) For aspiring musical theatre actors, playing an instrument is one of the most valuable skills as an actor because SO MANY SHOWS (such as Once The Musical) use this 4) The first contract with an agent is one year but can be three. You can always end a contract after a year. 5) When doing audition monologues, DO NOT USE PROPS. Monologues should be between a minute t

6 Months of Inspirational Quotes Part 4

1) "Better to live one year as a tiger than a hundred as a sheep." -Madonna 2) "Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."- Harriet Beecher Stowe. Frankly I feel like giving up all the time. I think many actors do. But I figure that dealing with the inevitable ups and downs of this business beats giving up on my dreams when I feel that they just might be in reach, since I've been lucky enough to get some work as an actor. 3) "You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there's still going to be somebody who hates peaches." -Dita Von Tesse 4) "Don't justify your dreams. Execute on them." -Gary Vaynerchuk 5) "A society grows great when old men plan

6 Months of Inspirational Quotes Part 6

1) "You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lost sight of the shore." -William Faulkner 2) "The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." -Alice Walker 3) "You can have results or excuses. Not both." -Arnold Schwarzenegger 4) "To be successful you have to enjoy doing your best while at the same time contributing to something beyond yourself." -Mihaly Csikszentmihaly 5) "Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." -Joshua J Marine 6) "Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible." -Miguel De Unamuno. Here's the thing. Ever since high school friends and acquaintances alik

6 Months of Inspirational Quotes Part 5

1) "To the degree we're not living our dreams; our comfort zone has more control of us than we have over ourselves." - Peter McWilliams 2) "Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all." I love this quote because I think one of the essential elements of adult-ing is determining what is actually an effective use of one's free time. For example, I could make a system to very efficiently color code my wardrobe, but that absolutely doesn't need to be done (particularly because it's not like I own some sort of walk in closet, so I never feel particularly overwhelmed when I look at it). 3) "I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love

6 Months Of Inspirational Quotes Part 3

1) "To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all." -Oscar Wilde. With all due respect to people in more corporate professions, this is why I have never been interested in a conventional job that pays well but that I don't enjoy doing... 2) "Nothing is impossible; the word itself says, "I'm possible?"-Audrey Hepburn 3) "Fall seven times, stand up eight." -Japanese Proverb 4) "The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways." - If I'm ever in the position of teaching a master class and I only had five minutes to communicate what I've learned, I would tell people this, regardless of the field they want to pursue. 5) "Your potentia

6 Months of Inspirational Quotes Part 2

1) "Every strike brings me closer to the next home run." -Babe Ruth 2) "An alley cat can stay lean when food is scarce; the trick is to stay lean during the good times." -Ricardo Semler 3) "Always deliver more than expected." -Larry Page 4) "You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win." -Zig Ziglar 5) "The question you should be asking isn't, "What do I want?" or "What are my goals" but "What would excite me?"-Tim Feriss 6) "My best successes came on the heels of failures." -Barbara Corcoran 7) "The true price of anything is the amount of time you exchange for it." -Henry David Thoreau This is so relevant for creative professionals juggli

6 Months Of Inspirational Quotes: Part 1

I've decided to compile a handful of quotes that have been moving to me in some way over the past half a year. This feels particularly timely considering the tenuous state of the world right now, and all of the unexpected curveballs life has thrown at me on both a micro and macro level this year. 1) "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." -Arthur Ashe. This would be my advice to all aspiring creative professionals. Starting somewhere is better than inactivity due to fear of not having the right connections, training, etc. 2) "Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do." -Steve Jobs 3) If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed wit

The Poem Every Creative Professional Needs To Read

I find myself thinking about this poem a lot lately. I was thinking the other day about how few options my ancestors had compared to me. Although this is for the most part a blessing, it also means that sometimes my expectations are unrealistic. At any rate, I found this poem to be extremely comforting, particularly in these challenging times we all face. I hope it can be inspiring or helpful to someone else too. "Let It Go" by Dana Fould Let go of the ways you thought life would unfold; the holding of plans or dreams or expectations- Let it all go. Save your strength to swim with the tide. The choice to fight what is here before you now will only result in a struggle, fear, and desperate at

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