Could You Live on a Dollar a Day?

I caught myself falling into a deep pit of self-pity, worry and fear-the trifecta of anxiety and the death of inspiration and creativity. It seems that no matter how many times I help others conquer their fear, I freak out and get into catastrophic thinking when it’s my life and I’m in a transition of massive […]

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3 Ways to Kick Fear to the Curb

  Fear is something we all deal with. Yet no matter how familiar we are with this emotional plague, it doesn’t stop us from getting knocked upside the head with it. Fear has value.  It’s a necessary survival mechanism that makes sure we stay alive. But most of us have taken it out of context […]

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The Power of WHY.

I just discovered this phenomenal YouTube video by the comedian Michael Jr. titled “Your ‘why’ vs your ‘what.” In just a few short minutes it describes the most essential element of absolutely everything we do.  Take a moment to watch it: The most essential thing I want you to get from this video is the […]

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Why THANK YOU Matters.

  Why is it so hard for performers to (genuinely) accept compliments after a performance? We’ve all been there. Someone comes up to you backstage after a concert and tries to tell you how beautifully you played. “That was GREAT! BRAVO!” But rather than being able to hear them or receive their compliments, those internal […]

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The Scariest Thing I’ve Ever Done and How I Faced My Demons.

  On September 16, 2015 I did the scariest thing I think I’ve ever done. I played my first concert in nearly seven years. (That’s me on the left.) I nearly lost my lunch before I walked out on stage. “WHAT AM I THINKING?! WHOSE INSANE IDEA WAS THIS?!” You see, it wasn’t just seven years […]

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The Tragedy of Success: Why You Have to Think BEYOND the Win.

There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.–Oscar Wilde This quote has been haunting my thoughts the last few days. I’m just coming off a big victory… I took a huge leap of faith and the rewards far surpassed what I could’ve dreamed […]

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The Hidden Gift of Injury

                Tendonitis, carpel tunnel, bursitis, back pain, shoulder pain, repetitive stress injury: these are some of the names of our biggest fears as performers. It forces us to address the scariest question of all: “What if I can’t play anymore?” In the fall of 1996 I was attempting […]

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Why it’s OK to Be Proud of Yourself.

Take a moment and consider all the things you have achieved until this point. Lessons Auditions Competitions Challenging situations Challenging relationships: teachers, mentors, conductors, coaches, parents All the hours of practicing All the hours of rehearsing All the hours of travel All the frustration, irritation, fear, doubt, jealousy, competition Each degree: High school diploma, Bachelors, […]

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How Roger Federer Can Help You Excel on Stage.

Don’t let someone who gave up on their dreams talk you out of going after yours. Zig Ziglar  I didn’t really become a fan of Roger Federer (17 times grand slam tennis winner, ATP world #2)  until later in his career when people started writing him off, saying he was on his way out. First he […]

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Defining Freedom.

I’ve been thinking a lot about freedom these days. It’s a word we hear a lot, especially around this time of year. It’s also a buzz word in advertising and personal development. – Financial freedom: Let us manage your money for you so you can buy that car, take that vacation or send your kid to college. […]

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