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Can you be specific?

– What EXACTLY do you need more information about?

– What EXACTLY are you afraid of?
(You might have to ask more than once.)

– What skills EXACTLY do you require that you don’t have/need to develop?

It’s not enough, and it’s not useful to say “I can’t do this” or “this isn’t working” unless ‘this’ is well defined.

“My show isn’t working.”
You mean not enough tickets were sold or there wasn’t a good response from the people that were there?
How are you measuring these things? Do you / does everyone involved know what ‘working’ would look like?
Is that possible in this context?
Are other people doing it?
Who? How?

Be specific. Anything else is just whinging, which is allowed too but isn’t helpful to you or to those with whom you work.

(edited 13/2/18 – with thanks to Shane Hampsheir.)

What IS working?

Many, although not all, of us are quite aware of our shortcomings and areas for improvement.
Why not take a break from that and think about what IS working?

What are you already doing that works?
Make a list, be as specific or as general as you like.
Come up with 5 things that are working.

For example,

I’m eating healthily
I am working
I’m writing
I’m staying positive
I’m reading and learning everyday
I make the most of time with friends

… anything counts.

If this is challenging, try the question when DO I FEEL ‘GOOD’.
Or productive, resourceful, competent.

Pick one of the things / areas that is working for you, whether its personal, work, leisure, whatever. Pick one thing.

Take a moment to imagine doing it right now, notice what pictures / sounds come to mind.
Get inside the picture if you can, what would you actually see, hear and feel if you were doing it now?

Notice WHAT you think about – previous examples / current / future.
And HOW you think about them – pictures, ‘movies’, voices, feelings.
Do you describe the activity / thing to yourself?
Do you hear your own voice?

Can you imagine turning up the intensity of the sounds / colours / feelings?
How does that feel?


The joy of… Flyering.

Flyering / promo…

A lot of people don’t think about ‘selling’ what they do as being part of what they do.
– and in a lot of circumstances, you might be right.
However, up here at the Edinburgh fringe, part of the ‘deal’ when you’re cast / hired is usually some time spent promoting the thing you’re doing.

Heres some things to ponder that might make it more fun, and certainly worthwhile.

Quick thoughts:

You are good enough.
Your work is good enough.
Lots of people MIGHT want to see it.
Some people WILL want to see it.

Why would you deprive people who might enjoy it from hearing about it?

A show for EVERYONE is a show for NO ONE. – stop pretending.

If its not for them, thats ok, you’re interested in the people it IS for.
… and they’re waiting to hear from you.

A longer thought:

Before you get out there ‘in the field’, take time to decide and think about how you’d LIKE to feel about the flyering experience.

What would it be like if you were relaxed, excited, passionate, certain, focussed, happy, confident, enthused?!

Think about when you have felt like that.
Imagine feeling like that now.
Now imagine you promoting your work, feeling how you want to feel. Super charge the feeling, turn it up, make pictures brighter, sounds louder.
Can you give it a powerful sound track?

Do this quickly every now and then whilst you’re out. You don’t actually need to close your eyes, but its useful when your first finding the feelings / images / sounds you want.

How long can you maintain the good feeling for? Practice!

You might be spending more time out flyering than performing, why not spend some time making sure its as nice an experience as possible?

Hopefully something in here was helpful.

… and lastly, im sorry i have no suggestions for dealing with bad weather. 😉

What am I avoiding now?


What am I avoiding right now?
Heres a personal list:

– writing this blog…

– writing a longer blog on something i started sketching out yesterday.

– checking my bank balance.

– this evenings meditation.

– reading my book.

– working on a new music thing for later in the year.

– getting out there and enjoying more of the festival.

– getting proper rest!


Sometimes writing it down helps me to realise, actually, i can DO, and enjoy, all of these things right now. Well, almost all.

Whats on your list? Would it feel good to do something on there right now?
Would you feel good later if you did one of the things now?