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Episode 82: Turn on Your Have-To

“Deal from your Have-To. The Have-To is what you use when you’re afraid.”

-Gary Busey as Chet “Rocket” Steadman in Rookie of the Year

We all have fears and distractions that keep us from our dreams. I could easily some this up as an issue with priorities and it is. But how can performers re-prioritize and still survive? We have jobs, we have families. It's simple. Use your Have-To. Chet Steadman sums it up nicely in Rookie of the year but my version is a bit easier to understand. You have to treat your dreams as if it's something you “Have-To” do. If you woke up tomorrow and you were only allowed to use your performance, your talent to survive and support yourself and your family, would it change your thinking? What would you do differently with your time? You always make time for the things you have to do. Make your dreams one of those things.

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Episode 81: Falling Down on Stage

Every performer will, at some point, fall down on stage. It's what you do when you get up that makes the show.

Mistakes will always happen. You may forget choreography or words or you may trip and even fall down. The key to making a performance is the recovery. In some instances you can make it seem as though there was no mistake at all. In others, however, recovery is not as disguised. I have my “Smile-and-Shrug” Method. Its easy. Whenever you fall down you use it as an opportunity to connect with the audience, make eye contact or look into the light, smile out of one side of your mouth then just give a small single-shoulder shrug. That's it. The audience will love it. Happy Falling!

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Episode 80: Consumed

Life is precious, make sure you are living it.

Being all-consumed with one thing can lead to being burnt out. Performing is no different. Yes, you have talent, and yes you love performing it. BUT if your talent consumes every aspect of  your life it will not be but a few years before it fizzles out. We have to stay balanced. There has to be other hobbies outside of your passion. There has to be time for living life and spending time with friends and family. You know the old adage - There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Yes, at first it is a fantastic feeling, to be able to fill your life with your one-true passion. In order to make it last you must take time to catch up with old friends, take your mom to the movies, crochet a scarf, live a real life off stage.

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