Artistic Lessons from Born in the U.S.A.


Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. roared into our collective conscious 30 years ago on June 4, 1984, when the landmark album of the same name was released to almost instant recognition as an iconic piece of music. Springsteen had actually created Born in the U.S.A. for his Nebraska … Read More

Blog Tour: Writing for Artists

Joanne Zippel

I was delighted when Janet Stilson, a long time colleague of mine through New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) asked me to be part of a writer's blog tour.  Janet is a talented writer and editor in a variety of different genres, including magazine articles, film scripts, a book, … Read More

The Gift of Gratitude


There can be lot of disappointment and rejection in the life of the artist. But there's also a lot of joy. There's joy in practicing your craft. There's joy in the sharing of work. There are many uplifting moments in the life of a creative project and in meeting and connecting with fellow … Read More

Simple Steps to Improving How You Talk about Your Art

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A lot of artists freeze up when having to explain their creative work.  Sometimes, they change topics.  Sometimes they ramble on and on about how their art isn’t very good and how their career isn’t really going anywhere.  Or they can just be shy about speaking up about themselves.  A lot … Read More

3 Major Challenges Emerging Artists Face (And How to Overcome Them)


You've made a commitment to being an artist. You're not hiding your creative side anymore, and when people ask what you do, your art is included in the description (if not leading it). Congratulations! As you march towards your goal of becoming a successful artist – whatever that means to … Read More