4 Secrets to Help You Manage Multiple Creative Projects

Writer’s block, boredom, hitting a wall – all are terms creative people use when they run out of ideas. One of the best ways to overcome those moments of terror is to work on multiple projects at once. In fact, multiple projects may be the best remedy for creative block. Plus, I’ve discovered that if you actually want to make a living with your creative profession, managing multiple projects becomes a necessity. But if you struggle with simultaneous creative efforts, here’s 4 keys that should help: Read the full article »

Pet Peeve of the Month: “Oversharing” on Social Media

Correspondent Faith Salie from CBS Sunday Morning (one of my favorite TV programs) reveals a pet peeve most of us can relate to:  Social Media “Oversharing.”  For a generation that has little idea of what being “discreet” means, it’s worth a watch.  Here’s her rant: Read the full article »

How To Write Your Personal Biography For A Website, Resume, or Conference

During your career, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to write a biography about yourself for websites, social media, conference programs, membership in professional organizations and more. The problem is, too many people seize that moment to pontificate about themselves as if they’d won an Academy Award or Nobel Prize. But writing an effective bio can do more than just tout your accomplishments – it can really serve to advance your ideas and message. Now’s a good time to re-think your bio, and here’s a handful of important principles to keep in mind: Read the full article »

Two Critical Traits You Need to Focus on in 2015

In the book “Extreme: Why Some People Thrive at the Limits,” writers Emma Barrett and Paul Martin explore what makes thrill seekers get such a rush from being out on the edge. “Brain imaging studies,” they write “have found that risk seeking behavior is preceded by activity in the region of the brain associated with the anticipation of pleasurable experiences like sex, drug taking, and monetary gain.” In other words, Read the full article »

My Top Posts of 2014

The posts below are my top 20 blog posts of 2014.  I’ve had more readers this year than ever, so I’m always checking to see what areas I should focus.  Take a look at this list and let me know what subjects you think I should write about more: Read the full article »

End of the Year Report: Is Anyone Still Watching TV?

Hollywood’s Variety Magazine reports that whether you believe in global warming or not, Nielsen Ratings service indicates that broadcast TV audiences are melting away a bit faster than first believed. The average time spent watching live TV in the United States dropped by 12 minutes in the 3rd quarter – double the rate of the same period last year. Time shifting (DVR use) accounts for much of that drop, but the bigger reason appears to be Read the full article »

This Christmas: Not Everything That Interrupts Us Is A Distraction

We live in the most distracted age in the history of the world. If you’ve read this blog for very long, you know the stats – we’re checking our email incessantly, focused on social media, always driven by the fear that we might just be missing something. In fact, in my experience over the last decade, most people don’t fail because they’re not qualified, don’t work hard enough, or are incompetent. Today, most people fail simply because Read the full article »

Why You Should Attend “The Process” Summit on How Movies Are Really Made

At the National Religious Broadcasters Conference in Nashville, I’ll be hosting a 2 hour special event called: “The Process: Advice from Hollywood about Getting Your Project Produced.” It will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville on Monday February 23rd from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM. The summit will be a Read the full article »

How Do I Know When To Pay For Lunch?

Whether you’ve asked someone out for lunch to ask advice, pitch your project, network, or just get to know them, you need to know the rules about who pays. The rules used to be pretty clear, but in the last few years, I’ve seen a growing number of people that don’t seem to have a clue about who picks up the check. So whatever station in life you’re in, listen up: Read the full article »

How To Find Your Social Media Voice

Finding your authentic voice in social media isn’t that different from traditional media. I had a client once who was a TV host. The problem was, as soon as the red light came on the camera, he became a completely different person. His voice got deeper. His style became bigger. He was more over the top. The problem was – that wasn’t him. Even his friends would tell him, “Stop using your TV voice.” But many of us do the same thing on social media. We try to Read the full article »

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