A Made Up Mind Is A Powerful Thing

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One of the most empowering moments of your life will be when you firmly make up your mind and decide to do something.

Or make up your mind to NOT do something.

You’ll find that you’re typically brought to that tipping point by either inspiration.

Or desperation.

But either way, it’s a very definite inner feeling of impending change:

Sometimes it’s a small shift in a daily habit, like deciding to exercise before breakfast or balancing your checkbook on a weekly basis.

Other times it might be a massive sea-change, [Read more…]

The Beauty of the Forced Pause

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The view on my snowy patio, about 30 minutes ago.

Just wanted to post here this afternoon… To remind myself, and everyone here, to live your life as it’s happening. To be willing to pause and stay present. In this moment.

And to be very transparent here, if you’re a fast-processor like I am, that can be a challenge!

I think fast, I talk fast, I process information fast, I research fast, I make decisions fast, I walk fast. And that can make me impatient when things aren’t happening “fast enough.” Can you relate?

I’m typically not someone who trundles along, taking her sweet time [Read more…]

How to Turn Lemons Into Lemonade

Two glasses of home made iced cold lemonade and pitcher on hot summer. CopyspaceWe’re all going to go through challenging times in our business: Times when customers leave, cash flow slows, we have to move and try to conduct business during the upheaval, equipment breaks down at a crucial moment, or some other stressful event takes over.

If you’re in business for yourself (and are a human being), there will be times in your life where keeping your business going seems all but impossible.

You can sometimes feel almost incapable of keeping your thoughts focused on day-to-day business activities and client relationships when you’re feeling frightened, depressed, overwhelmed, or totally frayed at the edges.

And you ARE your business.

You can’t just call in sick and hand your responsibilities off to someone else. This is especially true [Read more…]

Dare to be Different

Zebra Dare to be Different pic sm w-frameDo you sometimes feel that you’re “different?”

Have you ever thought of yourself as a “black sheep” either in your family circle or amongst your friends?

Do you find yourself departing from conventional ways of doing things and forging your own unique path?

Do you feel that your background differs from that of your peers?

I certainly have felt that way.  I come from a family of painters, sculptors, writers, sailors, and master gardeners.  I remember in elementary school that not one of my friends [Read more…]

Voice-Over Fresh Start

VO_Fresh_Start_TeleseminarMP3_and_Worksheet_eCoverIf you’re interested in creating fresh energy in your voice-over career, and rejuvenating your voice-over career, (and who doesn’t want a rejuvenated voice-over business?), I have something for you today that you may be interested in.

Just $27.00!

Earlier this year I held a live teleseminar titled “VO Fresh Start. Renew, refresh and rejuvenate your voice-over career.”

Well after being asked about its availability as a recording, I’ve now created an MP3 download of the call, as well as a brand new, 10-page Worksheet PDF to accompany the call so you can not only reinforce your learning but also write down your ideas and strategies [Read more…]

Be Prepared for Peaks and Valleys

Be Prepared for Peaks and Valleys image 11-19-15If you’re in business for yourself, you know the demands on you are very high these days. It’s as if your capacity to learn and grow and succeed is under heavy pressure. Your mental bandwidth probably feels overloaded to the max sometimes!

Technology is constantly changing, clients need more, more, more, entrepreneurial record-keeping can be complicated, goals have to constantly be set, revised and achieved, and, of course, all your skill sets need to be [Read more…]

Do You Know the Art of Unplugging?

MAX in hatWhen was the last time you were really able to relax? I mean REALLY relax – that is, lie on the beach and listen to the ocean waves or get a massage and not think about anything other than the pleasure and relaxation you were feeling.

If you’re a creative entrepreneur or a voice actor like me, then most likely you are plugged-in to technology and electronic devices almost constantly. Checking emails. Fielding calls and voice-mail on your phone. Texting. Responding. Reacting. All day, every day.

Sometimes you might even feel like you’re addicted to technology. [Read more…]

Stop WAITING For Something to Happen

Future self will thank you for CBA 9-15-15Do you find yourself waiting for something to happen in your business?

And by “something,” I mean waiting for:

  • that client to call with a great project that’s perfect for you
  • your agent to email you with that retainer contract you’ve been waiting for
  • a flash of creative inspiration to burst into your mind with little or no effort
  • the 180 pages of the book you’ve been mulling over for years to magically write themselves

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Stop “Forcing” Yourself and Do This Instead

Use Your Energy Cycles to Your Best Advantage!A creative entrepreneur.

That’s you!

Whether you’re a voice actor, a writer, a graphic artist or a musician, you most likely make your living doing something creative and are probably working for yourself.

That means you have to produce the work, finish the projects, and create the marketing materials to keep your business running smoothly.

And in order to keep your business humming along, you need ENERGY to make it happen.

Well, do you find that sometimes you just don’t have the energy to get something done and you literally have to force yourself to do it? (And we all know how awful that feels, don’t we?)

What you’re probably experiencing when you feel that way is [Read more…]

Success Vocabulary – Are You Using This Incredible Tool?

Success Vocabulary - Use this incredible tool!The most important factor in your entrepreneurial business success is the way you FEEL.

And this applies whether you’re a voice-over artist, a writer, an audio engineer, a designer, or a performer, or any other independent business person.

If you feel great, you’re energized.

You’re optimistic.

You’re willing to work hard and more easily find solutions to any challenges that arise.

On the other hand, [Read more…]