Live your Truth. Be your Authentic Self. And Drop In!
30 May 2018

Four weeks ago, I was invited to participate in a call with VIP Mentor, and rock-star podcaster, John Lee Dumas, hosted by Network Now’s Jamie Broderick – also a rock-star. Having direct access to VIPs, like John, is one of the benefits of working with Jamie.

I recently started a company called The Big Talk and was looking for advice on online visibility and promotion. I’m very new to the online world of leveraging content for increased credibility and until four weeks ago, had no idea what that even meant.

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What It Means To Live A Life In Dance.
30 May 2018

I’m not taking ballet class anymore, but that doesn’t mean I’m no longer a dancer. That club is hard to get into and comes with a lifetime membership. I think we can all learn from what it means to live a life in dance.

  • Come prepared
  • Be Yourself
  • Stay In Shape
  • Follow Up

I’m still coming prepared, being my authentic self and staying in shape so I can run two businesses and spend 14 hours on a set. And if you know me, you know I always follow up. Now I spend more time in a room without a barre, where I guide actors and speakers to ultimately live a life in dance.

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Mindful Connecting
30 May 2018

On April 12, 2017, the lovely, Chris Schembra reached out to me on Linkedin with a message saying, a mutual friend had attended one of his dinner parties and that he thought we would benefit from being connected. I accepted his invitation to connect and in May, we hopped on the phone to connect further. In June, I attended one of Chris’s 747 Club Dinners and I was so impressed and moved by what Chris was offering at these dinners, that in July, I shot a documentary on Chris and the 100th anniversary dinner of The 747 club. In August, Chris asked me to help him with a Keynote that he would be presenting at The North Caroline Philanthropy Conference.

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If you make a big ask, you might just get a big yes.
30 May 2018

How many times have you considered an ask of someone and immediately tossed it aside because it seemed like an impossibility? This could be as scary as asking someone on a date, or as terrifying as asking a TEDx organizer to speak on their stage. What could be the worst thing that would happen? You might get a no. But what if you make the big ask and you get a big yes?

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Saying Yes
30 May 2018

Years ago, I moved from a small town in Missouri to New York City to pursue a career in dance. Pursuing a career in show business or the arts is equally as daft as spending your hard earned fifty bucks on the powerball jackpot. You’re pretty unlikely to come out a winner. But before I went on the exciting and consistently bumpy journey of the performing arts and the show biz, where “no” is thrown around as often as a hacky sack in the 80’s, I was lucky enough to get my education at Stephens College, a liberal arts woman’s college where “yes” was my normal. I never heard “No, you can’t”, I only heard “Yes, you can”.

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Learning To Tolerate Nerves
30 May 2018

Merriam Webster defines fear as an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger. Why do we associate fear with public speaking when there is really nothing dangerous about it? If you think about all the dangerous things in the world, walking onto a stage and talking is low on that list. However, this kind of fear ranks right up there with death.

I remember the first time I experienced profound anxiety and fear before I went on stage. I was 13 years old. I was competing in the Petite Jr. Miss Dance competition in St. Louis, Missouri. I don’t know why I was nervous, but I remember being terrified. Nothing happened to me, I went on to the stage, danced, bowed and lived. I did win, happily being crowned the title, which was the start of my long career in showbiz.

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3 Theatremakers Poised for Major Career Breakthroughs
27 May 2018

Theatregoers are always hungry for the next big thing. The fact is, theatre takes a long time to incubate and make. (Just ask Tina Fey who thought there was no way it could take five years to adapt her hit movie Mean Girls into a musical—and then it took five years adapt Mean Girls into a musical.) Playbill has been keeping its proverbial ear to the ground about the creators in the theatre community who are working on plays, musicals, and events that could impact the theatre in big ways. Get to know them now:

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Brutal Doesn’t Have to Mean Savage
26 May 2018

I’m a filmmaker. I’m working on a documentary about the new Chaplin at Riker’s Island, Justin von Bujdoss, who’s also a Buddhist. Bujdoss was hired by a female warden and his Chief Officer is also a woman. In our first meeting, he shared with me that they have an unusual combination of deep compassion and almost brutal strength. I think what struck me was that this didn’t strike me as unusual.

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The Power In Saying Yes
26 May 2018

Saying yes means allowing room for opportunity. It means giving myself permission to try and to fail, while knowing you’ll be changed afterwards having learned something new. Saying yes, can be terrifying, but if you say yes, you might be surprised at what is possible.

The first time I realized the power of saying yes was when John Turturro asked me if I would choreograph his feature film, Romance and Cigarettes. Without hesitation, I said yes. I had not choreographed anything except my college comp class, but I knew I could do it. I knew I would do it. It was terrifying. I was terrified, but not uncertain. Those are two things I want to differentiate. I held fear and certainly simultaneously. So I went home and learned the music and made the steps and choreographed my first feature film leading me to a career of directing, writing and choreographing film, television and theater. And I got to work with James Gandolfini, who became a dear friend, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet. I could never have dreamed I would be given an opportunity like that, but by saying yes, an entire world of possibility opened up to me.

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The Extraordinary Power of Collaboration
24 May 2018

Last week I attended TEDxLincolnSquare: Risk Takers and Change Makers. The theater was intimate and cozy, and the messages were big and bold. You could sense the emotion and passion as each of the diverse presenters spoke.

I also had the privilege of meeting up with the organizers, Jamie Broderick and Tricia Brouk. It was easy to see that the two of them encompassed the strength, tenacity, courage, humor, and joy that I experienced throughout the event.

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