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?

Edinburgh festival 2017

Im excited to say it looks like I’ll be up in Edinburgh running a gig at the festival this year (2017).
I’m going to organise some get-togethers to talk about the kinds of things I write about here, and also maybe some common practical challenges we all face in doing these brilliant things we do.

What could we discuss?
What could we try and fix?

For example:
– Looking after ourselves.
– Finding the right people to work with.
– Bums on seats / finding audiences.
– ‘The Industry’. (As in the mechanics of creative industries, what dont we like, what could we change, what shouldnt still ‘be a thing’)

Thats just a few ideas to get us going, what would you like to talk about?
I’ll be spending time thinking about more possibilities.

Get in touch, maybe we can make a thing!




Individually we can achieve A LOT.
Together we can make INCREDIBLE things happen.

Who can you talk to this week and do a thing?

Useful beliefs.

What are you doing right now?
What are you working on?

What do you believe, really believe, about both the task / project and your ability to complete it? Be honest, don’t hide.

Write them down.

Take a good look at them, for each one ask yourself “is this a USEFUL belief?”.
THEN ASK – is it true? ARE YOU SURE?
If it’s not useful, or not true, consider what a more useful belief would be?

Commit to developing the more useful belief.


Affirm it!
Repeat the useful thought over and over.

Visualise it!
Make a picture in your mind of the task / project completed, enjoy it!

Make a picture of YOU in your mind, the YOU that believes the more useful thing.
How does that feel?

Contributing to the scene

Everyone has something to offer the scene / people they seek to serve.
Everyone. Now.

You can DO SOMETHING NOW for your industry / community / friends / family / followers / subscribers / customers / clients.

Ask a question, write a blog, post a chorus on instagram, recommend a performance.
Pick something.

What you do everyday

Daily activities / behaviors / thoughts.

Do your daily activities combat or propagate the things you wish to change?
If you’re against the status quo would we know from your activities?

What do you support? Can you show us?

Preparation (Part 1)

What are you doing in the near future that you could massively ‘over’ prepare for?
(I don’t think there is such a thing, ‘over’ prepared just means prepared to me.)
Pick something, small or large, make sure its far enough away that you can ‘over’ prepare for it.

Pen and paper time…

Firstly, the obvious stuff:
Make a list of all the things you COULD do, or a crazily ‘over’ prepared person WOULD do, to prepare for the performance.
Prioritise the hardest things, the things you don’t want to do.
Schedule them. Perhaps use one of the ‘ritual’ grids I mentioned in a previous blog.

Now, the less obvious:
How you feel whilst you’re preparing is important, whatever kind of preparation we’re talking about.
If you’re practising or rehearsing, how do you want to feel whilst practising and ‘on the day’? Can you build some of the ‘on the day’ feelings into your rehearsal?

Try this…

Write down how you would like to feel, in detail.
Make a list of times you’ve felt like that before, and or things / triggers that prompt you to feel that way.
As you start your work, read through this page out loud, visualise the stuff on the page.
Then go to work.
If you drop out of the feeling, go back to that page.

The feeling is important!
Rehearse the feeling.