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15 Ways I Own My Weird (and you should too!)

Today, even if you’re exhausted or “not in the mood, Katie, gosh!!!” I want you to give some thought to the goofy things that make you YOU. Things you sometimes feel weird or embarrassed or shy or silly about. Guess what? Those are the BEST THINGS ABOUT YOU. Own them! Make them a part of your “brand”…

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Why You Should Celebrate Your Journey 5 Years Ago to Now

I think a huge part of learning to trust yourself is celebrating where you’ve been and how far you’ve come. You cannot change where you’ve been, but you can use it to steer you where you’re going. For instance, yesterday I had the immense privilege of attending an afternoon masterclass and evening lecture led by world-renowned composer Eric…

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Learn How To Listen To Your Inner Voice

I am wildly excited to kick off my monthly challenges with April’s theme, “Trust Yourself”. This is a HUGE challenge area for me, which means it’s exactly what I need to dig into here on calming creative. I’m going to start with this key question: Why is it so difficult to trust ourselves and learn to…

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Unlearning Lessons: Letting Go

Hey–do you struggle with being unable to let go of old patterns, holding onto the past and feeling afraid of the future? ME TOO! #anxietystruggles Someone dear to me is dealing with a life-threatening illness, and I desperately wish I could take away her fear, just ball it up and throw it into the street where it…

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An Artist’s Pledge to Live in the Glow

I want to live in that feeling you get when the universe feels perfectly aligned and your heart feels larger than life and your soul feels completely at peace. I like to call it the glow. When you’re in it, you can’t imagine not being in it. And as an anxious artist, when the glow starts to…

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Getting Internet Shamed and Learning to Love Myself Again (Part 2)

Missed Part 1? Catch up here! Oof! Here’s to learning how to blog while also music directing and performing in a show at the saaaame tiiime. Miss me? If you’re in Chicago, come out and see Surging Films & Theatrics production of Green Day’s American Idiot–it IS a good reason for me not to have…

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A View From Behind the Audition Table

A little over a week ago, the film and theater company I help run, Surging Films & Theatrics, held auditions for our upcoming production of Green Day’s American Idiot. It’s the 5th time I’ve sat behind the audition table for a Surging audition, and after every session I feel frustrated that I can’t share more of…

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Practicing the Art of You

What makes someone an “artist”? Results? Success? Directing Star Wars? Selling 10 million albums worldwide? Wealth? Fame? I’m here to argue for the following: practicing an art (any art) makes you an artist. Success, fame, and accolades are by-products, not end goals. Have you felt as an artist (or human) that you live in a results-based…

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