How to Get Past Your Fear


No one ever said being an artist was easy.  In fact, it can be downright scary!  Even close friends are quick to tell you how hard it is to find (traditional) success.  Not only do you have to struggle in creating your art, you have to balance the  cost of doing your art with your cost of living.  You have to consider work-life-art balance.

Then there are the doubts you have about your talent.  You may find yourself asking, “What the hell am I doing?”  or “Who am I to think I could pull this off?”  You wind up unfairly comparing yourselves to the greats in your field: Chopin, Maya Angelou, Martin Scorsese or Frida Kahlo.

In these moments, you need to find a way to ground the artist inside.  Here’s how:

  1. Reconnect to your artistic vision. Your artistic expression is uniquely yours, and you should share it with the world.  Look through past works and see how far you’ve come.  Envision how much further you can go and get to work.
  2. Remind yourself why you do what you do.  Dig deep and remember why you’re creating your art.  Why are you a writer?  Why are you an actor or musician?  Chances are reaching back and examining your original impetus and purpose for being an artist will inspire you all over again.
  3. Cultivate your internal strength. Go within and experience your personal power and core strength. That is the source of your creativity.  Sometimes, the best you can do for yourself is to sit still and listen to your inner artist speak to you.  You may have to wait a while.  You inner artist may be reluctant to speak up after weeks of self-doubt, but the artist is there.  Create a daily practice  of detaching from all the negative  noise that holds you back and let the artist in you help you stand your ground.

Don’t let fear take over your life.  You are a creative being, and you should feed your art, not starve it.  The road you need to travel won’t always be smooth, but the journey will be worth it.

Get Bold

star-trek-2To boldly go where no one has gone before. That is the mission of the starship Enterprise and its captain, James T. Kirk. Now, imagine how difficult that mission would be to achieve if Captain Kirk was constantly reminding himself of failures from his past. How could he do anything boldly if he was afraid to take a risk? Could he innovate and create if he was afraid to make mistakes? The simple answer is no.

The same is true for artists. To be bold and break new ground, artists have to be willing to forgive themselves for past mistakes and see them as a chance to learn. Shakespeare did not become the most famous dramatist of all time by writing the same stories as his peers, even if he did use the same source material. He invented new words. He wrote lines that have become part of our collective consciousness. To be or not to be … I bet you could easily complete that sentence in your mind because it is so well-known.

Mozart revolutionized music, creating a new musical language — alongside his Viennese contemporary Joseph Haydn. This language came to be known as the Classical style. That’s right Classical music was invented by Mozart. The previous style in Western music was called Baroque. Mozart and Haydn synthesised the fragmented experiments at writing new forms of music from other musicians who were using new instrumental techniques and exploring the implications of “equal temperament,” a scientific system of musical keys to create Classical music.

What would have happened if the artists who experimented were never bold enough to try something new? What would Mozart and Haydn have built upon if not for these pioneers?

It’s time for you to make a brand new start.  As we head into Memorial Day, make a commitment to explore your creative universe in a way you never have before.  Be unafraid to fail. Look at your mistakes as a feedback mechanism through which to make changes and do things better.  Free yourself from the chains of fear.  Be bold.


Our Newest Workshop Off to a Great Start!

joannespeaking  Our newest NYWIFT (New York Women in Film and Television) workshop started up last Tuesday and is really inspiring! I’m thrilled about the group, made up of smart, creative, motivated women and ONE man! It’s a diverse group of writers, actors, musicians, digital media makers and filmmakers who are working in a variety of genres. They’re all excited about taking their projects to the next level.

Do you feel fear or lack of clarity is holding you back? Would you like to work in an area where you can truly excel and express yourself? These are some of the issues we address in the workshop and in the past there have been some amazing results – people who are doing what they always wanted to do and getting paid for it! (Be sure to check out the testimonials on this website).

We will be starting up a new artist career support workshop in the near future for New Jersey residents, and another New York group as well. If you are interested, drop me a line at:

Complimentary 30-minute consultations are also available for individual coaching.

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