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Making! 2 The Project Timeline

I’m *making* an online fundraising event for a school. Up until now, most of the work has been put into promoting it.  I thought maybe people would gain something by seeing my process for creating, rehearsing, collaborating, and performing the event… So, here I am sharing. Today I sat down to make a timeline for

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Making! 1 Pre-thoughts

I’m *making* an online fundraising event for a school. Up until now, most of the work has been put into promoting it.  I thought maybe people would gain something by seeing my process for creating, rehearsing, collaborating, and performing the event… So, here I am sharing. created a new concept for the overall event made

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Future-proof An Online Show

Someone told me they know online entertainment’s going to be over soon as everyone gets vaccinated and the world opens up again. I know they weren’t talking about Netflix, or Fortnite, or Instagram. They were talking about entertainers that were shoehorned into Zoom meetings so they could keep on going and maybe brighten up some

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The Most Effective Email Newsletter We Sent

Most people probably don’t want to duplicate this, but for Scot Nery’s Boobietrap, I was always trying to make the emails resonate and make them personal. I wanted folks to take action. Ticket sales were dragging because it was like the Superbowl or something, so I pulled out the (little) big guns. I wrote… {first

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Improvement

At the end of the day, we can log the work we’ve done. It’s a game-changer. I’m writing this for everyone, but mostly to keep myself in it. I can see what I did. I can feel like I didn’t waste my time. I can see where I get annoyed. I can see what is

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Say Less, Get More Screen Time

I’ve spent some time with reality TV and documentary producers and I’ve seen how they cast and edit. They want archetypes and sound bites. They want the story to be simple… “I’m skinny, but I want to be strong” “My culture is very important to me” “I’m a chauvinist” “I’m dumb” “I’m a nerd” …

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Entertaining Feels Like a Fight

A client told me that after a first performance, he felt like he just got in a fight. I knew exactly what he meant. When I’m driving away from a juicy argument and I can’t stop thinking about what I could have said. It’s a million chess games running thru my head. If I said

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The Yes Space

I have a baby and a dog. They need “yes” space. As much as possible, we try to keep them in areas where they can do no wrong. I can leave pieces of plastic wrapper on the floor and yell “no!” at the dog every time he goes near it, or I can pick up

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We Need A Story Of Transformation

prereq: everything that we learn / remember is tied to a story. I loved the power of the story of being a street performer. I was a punk kid on the street shouting at people walking by, then 30 minutes later was surrounded by 300 strangers cheering for me and giving me money… Almost like

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