What to do about saboteurs

These are REALLY BIG step and actions in your artistic faith.

I suggest:  THE 4 AGREEMENTS by Ruiz (4 ARTISTS)

address the naysayers that seem to pop up whenever you start to embrace your artistic/business power

"Be impeccable with your word."

not just to others but


If you block the time (and I do suggest block it.) You can reward your focused time with a convo with your needy pal.  (Women relationships can be SOOOOoo complicated and draining- consider if they are with you and for you?  Adding or draining- your precious  artistic God Blessed lifeforce)

What are YOU here to contribute?  

So much.  So very much. 

Chunk your time in at least 25 minute blocks.   

Dare to turn off the interruptions.  Unplug.  Work.  Reward. 

What can’t wait 25 minutes?

Use your timer.  

If it’s an emergency.  Tend to it. Trust yourself.  You know the difference.


I am with you dearest thespians!  



Declaration of Artistic Freedom!

I, Josette Michi Owens, believe that now, more than ever, the world needs those artists who dare to authentically and truthfully tell stories that are entertaining, relevant, and based on truth, not what the “demographics” reveal in order to solely generate ratings and $$$.

I will no longer hold back the God-given talents and massive people skills that I’ve been blessed with in order to appease, those individuals in my life, who are motivated by fear and the status quo. It is “NO HOLDS BAR” in regard to allowing myself to create, perform and share my own point of view and storytelling as an artist.

I am committed to show up each and every day to share and to explore what God has entrusted me with, and because of my bold and fearless spirit, I will empower other artists to step up and take responsibility for their own artistic careers.

I respect that life is an adventure that is individual to each and every person so I will be loving and gentle, but uncompromising in my growth, as I merge both my artistic and technical/business sides in order to fulfill my potential as a successful and fulfilled artist/producer in the 21st Century!!!!!

Life is an adventure! Bring it on!!

A Commitment To My Artistic Journey

I, Isha Sumner, believe that as an artist, I have the privilege to create exceptional art in an imaginary world that is transcendent, truthful, and compelling. So much so, that it resonates with all human kinds, regardless of race, gender, or believes. I am committed to take the place in the artistic platform that is set before me in a way that will be inspiring and empowering. life... is been good to me!

Nana Ponceleon's Commitment

I , Rosamaria Ponceleon Roman, aka Nana Ponceleon, believe I can change the world by touching and inspiring people around me through my art; so that they feel compelled to be a better person than they were before. I believe no story should go untold,they all have their truths.

I am committed to doing the work that needs to be done, and more if necessary, during these eight weeks. I am committed to working with other actors, writers and directors applying the tools I learn in this "aida" class. I am committed to becoming every day a better actor than I was the day before.

I believe my creative power can be enhansed dramatically by technology. I believe one can conquer technology to make it one's allly and not one's enemy.

I shall persist and insist.


My Declaration of Artistic Independence

I, Mary Niederkorn, accept the challenge that being an actor means: to always be truthful, to see and accept myself and others as they truly are. I believe that when I do this, human hearts can change and begin to live the destiny held for us by the Universe – to be whole and free. I respect and support what happens when I and other artists ignite their creativity. I am part of that community – it is my life’s work.

I am committed to this work no matter what challenges come my way – to always trust that there is a purpose, even in the face of apparent failure. I respect the dignity of every person’s experience and will not judge or try to change that to suit my demands. I will give myself and others permission to make mistakes. Nor will I sell myself out because of fear (either of failing OR succeeding) or laziness.

I believe that with this attitude I cannot fail. I believe that with the support of other like-minded artists we cannot fail.

“To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.” Mother Teresa

-- "Changing hearts through collaborative performance." 

Declaration of Artistic Freedom

I, Dana Ellen D'Ascoli, believe that every artist has a unique story to tell and the artist needs to trust in his/her talent and the special perspective he/she brings to the story. By trusting in my own truth I share a piece of myself with the world every time I perform, thus touching people in my own individual way. Therefore no two artists are alike and that is what makes everyone's gift so special - it cannot be duplicated!

I am committed to growing as an artist and trusting that I am here for a purpose. I will live in the moment, find joy in the unknown and rediscover my passion for my true calling!

I respect that there will be ups and downs along my artistic path. With faith in myself and the process I will embrace challenges and setbacks along the way for I know that these are the building blocks of knowledge and growth!

"Life is a journey, not a destination." - Ralph Waldo Emerson


My Declaration, My Commitment, My Constitution

I, James C. Stewart, believe that being an artist is the truest and most healing life one can live. The power we as artists have to change lives is astounding. Drawn to this as a very shy kid, I quickly saw and felt the difference a great piece of work could have on someone, everything from letting you release and feel emotions locked away, to laughing so hard on a day you really need to. A great story in conjunction with great storytellers has the power to change lives for the better whilst also entertain.

I am committed to working on my craft and challenging myself to push my boundaries and tell great stories, in the hope that it may help to bring more shy kids out of their shell so that they can continue the process. The ability to make people laugh & cry should not be taken lightly and I commit to learning & knowing when it is time to let someone take a break from reality & be truly entertained, and when it is time to help in someone's healing processes.

I respect that none of this can be done alone and we must always be adapting to what each new age brings. I respect all those who have told their story in the past and all those who continue to tell them, including the many who have helped & continue to help me along on this journey. Everyone has a story to tell and I look forward to continuing collaborations with others in this great business of show where entertainment can have such far reaching benefits you may never realize that you changed someone's life for the better, but just knowing that it is possible makes this all worthwhile.

We can be the change someone needs in their life. Let's work to make that happen!

Rachel Errington's Declaration of Artistic Freedom

I, Rachel Errington, do believe that it is only when an artist is willing to be emotionally naked and completely vulnerable that his message can genuinely resonate with his audience. I believe that the artist has a responsibility to share his compelling stories to world. The world desperately needs art. Without it, I believe it will cease to exist. Our stories are the fabric.

I am fully committed to sharing my stories with the world in a completely authentic and vulnerable way. I hope to empower those who experience my stories and make their lives, as well as my own, richer and more joyous. I am committed to collaborating with those who can teach me how to better share my stories with the world.

I am prepared to go on this emotional and artistic journey in the digital age with an open mind and to bring forth my curious inner child, who does not understand the word “can’t”. Rachel Errington

Declaration to Artistic Freedom

I, Elizabeth Ann Aaron, believe that stories that entertain and move people emotionally are among our best and most powerful teachers. They are crucial for broadening the human experience and instigating positive change in the world. This is because stories told well stay with us, encourage us to take action or see something differently, and can be transformational for us as individuals, groups, even whole societies.

I am committed to letting my light shine, to having a voice, and to being the best artist I can be as I contribute to bringing important stories into the world. In doing so, I aim to help people feel connected, raise their awareness, enrich their lives, help them grow, and ultimately, influence them to make the world a kinder, healthier, more resilient place for future generations.

I respect the processes - new and old - through which art is created and shared. I respect the plans the universe has for me and all other human beings. I respect that artists are poised and wired to create work that makes a difference to people on a deep level. And I have faith that my artistic gifts and talents are meant to be shared and of service to others. This is the path I feel I was chosen for and am meant to walk. I walk it mindfully, faithfully, passionately. I walk it with curiosity, fun, and openness to possibility.

I Will Be the Change I Want To See

I, Tonya Canady, believe that my entire being vibrates at a higher level when creating and sharing. I believe that to judge others is to in essence, judge myself. I believe that only my "fixed Mindset" can hold me back from accomplishing any of my goals/dreams.

I am committed to creating and sharing my life experience, talent and knowledge with the world. My journey continues to heal my wounds and may serve to help someone else.

I respect that I will make mistakes and believe I can learn and grow from them. I believe that my purpose is to heal the wounds of others.



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I, Lisa Veshecco am ready, willing and able to commit fully to my artistic empowerment. I am doing this by fully participating in learning how to use the tools in the digital age and by takings steps to unleash the genius within. I practice daily the tools of my craft. I agree to tell the story's that I am guided to tell and to trust that they are important, relevant and possess the seeds to heal, nurture and prosper myself and others. There is a place for me and my "type" in the industry and I am committed to showing up in that place, empowered and in service to others. I am open to the process of collaboration with other creatives who are engaging with their minds and spirits to connect with humanity.

The commitments!!!!

-What do I like and believe about show business?

What I like very much about show biz is that it's fun; nobody is there that doesn't want to be there, even the crew, I enjoy the opportunities and it's one of the first jobs I've ever had where there is a feeling of community ...the downside; it can be very unfair and fickle, it can exploit desperation and the fact that money is in many aspects the overriding concern which I think stifles artistic expression in the long run....

-What holds me back?

Sometimes I feel unqualified to be in such close proximity and working with experienced people whereas I'm there on a wing and a training is minimal; courses in college, plays and scene study, a few short films and watching closely on sets where I'm merely an extra though in the 3 years since I've gotten back into the "swing" of it I've managed a quite a few featured roles where I've gotten to interact with some extremely talented people...

-What is true about the digital age?

It's the present and the future that carries the past

-What is possible in the digital/information age???

The sky is the limit; basically that's what drew me to your course and also what I learned from SAG reps, that this is a new frontier and nobody really knows where or what it will lead may be a disaster but one that demands a thorough review

-What do I believe about the actors around me?

That they're struggling like me but that they're more talented than me; that they all have a basic belief that there is something deep down in them that deserves to be revealed....regardless of criticism; they're kind of like Iceland in that respect The bad? Well, they can be a little narcissistic but I'm willing to excuse that due the nature of our calling...

What are my agreements as an actor/ artist?

I agree to do what I can to achieve an end, to reach down deep inside of me and assert myself in the pursuit of excellence without regard to ego or selfish concerns To learn from those around me and employ it to the best of my ability To believe in art as a way of forging civility in society and it's reflection of the truth in humanity

What am I committed to creating in the digital age?

Visual/audio art and my growth within

As far as collaborating with other actors, writers and directors, what are my agreements?

I'm open and willing to work with anyone in the pursuit of something tangible and agreed upon, I'm all for collaboration and cooperation

My declaration of artistic freedom or constitution-

-I, daniel Patrick Mccormick believe in the spirit of artistic freedom because it is a sacred covenant between existence and much time I have left is beyond my control and believe in never dismissing an opportunity, wether it be financial or artistic, I never refuse a job which is a vow I took when I retired from my last career, a soul crushing occupation...I'm a painter and writer as well and without fail I do something that utilizes my creativity every day... I believe deeply in artistic expression-

I'll be sketching for a new painting after I send this off....thank you for the class!!!

DP Mccormick

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Kate's Commitment

I believe that we all seek understanding and connectedness. As an actor, it is through story (whether via novel, play, screenplay, music, etc), I can play a part in helping connect people with the human condition.

I want to do what I’m afraid of in the next 8 weeks. Push really hard, let people in, trust myself and others. Ask for “favors”. See what I CAN do. I WANT TO LET MYSELF FAIL in this safe space!!

I am a channel for artistic creativity. I need to exercise my artistic muscles and let it happen and trust it will take me where I’m supposed to go. In doing that, I will let my career come to me.

I’m going to go for broke like it’s my last chance to make it happen.

Here goes... My Declaration of Artistic Freedom

I, Ashley Ayanna Adams, believe that this is for me. I believe that with enough hard work, commitment, and faith, anyone can make it in this business.

I am committed to taking control of my destiny and working as hard as I can to accomplish my goals and make my dream a reality.

A great story can change lives. Actors are storytellers. We each have our own unique story to tell the world, and in this time of smart phones, and social media, we have the ability to reach people like never before.

My story will be heard. I can do this. I will do this.

I am enough.