Now that the holiday season is officially upon us, I wanted to take some time and "gift" you with three things that I've been really excited to share — a mix of inspiration, practical advice, and advocacy that I hope will bring a little something extra to you over the next month and beyond. So, without further ado...
Interview with Fantastic Beasts' Dan Fogler
Disclaimer: For those of you who don't know, Dan Fogler is my brother-in-law (he's married to my sister, Jodie). And while I've always been a huge fan and champion of his (both as a person and as an incredibly gifted artist), I'm just beyond thrilled that his latest role (as Jacob in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) is bringing his one-of-a-kind talents to a worldwide audience.
Years ago, I interviewed Dan for Capes Coaching's Artists In Action interview series and he had some really wonderful insights and advice for aspiring artists. Listening to the interview recently, I realized how relevant it still is — this is a great listen! In it, Dan talks about his journey, from the struggles of being an unknown actor in New York City to his Tony Award-winning role in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He's very candid about the ups and downs of the industry and how you're going to be constantly fighting for your place, no matter how much success you have. "You get knocked down and have to come back tango-ing," he says. "You have to be something that just won’t go down to make it."
Dan also talks about the importance of doing what you love and creating your own work instead of waiting for the phone to ring. In doing so, you'll not only enjoy the process, you'll WANT to get our there and sell it to the world. As he puts it: "Sell with your heart and work with your friends."
So, take a listen to the interview in full, and, if you haven't already done so, do yourself a favor and see Fantastic Beasts — it really is movie magic!
Getting There by Gillian Zoe Segal
I recently had the opportunity to moderate a conversation at SAG-AFTRA Foundation with the author Gillian Zoe Segal about her book Getting There: A Book of Mentors. Here's the book's synopsis: "...thirty leaders in diverse fields share their secrets to navigating the rocky road to the top. In an honest, direct, and engaging way, these role models describe the obstacles they faced, the setbacks they endured, and the vital lessons they learned. They dispense not only essential and practical career advice, but also priceless wisdom applicable to life in general. Getting There is for everyone—from students contemplating their futures to the vast majority of us facing challenges or seeking to reach our potential."
I'm telling you, this book is SUPERB! There are so many valuable lessons to be learned from people like Matthew Weiner, Warren Buffet, Jeff Koons, Michael Bloomberg and Anderson Cooper, just to name a few. The focus of my conversation with Ms. Segal (which took place the day after the presidential election) was "Staying the Course: How to Keep Going when the Going Gets Tough," and, believe me, the advice and knowledge that the book's subjects share is relevant not only to careers, but also life in general. I highly recommend getting a copy for yourself and for those special people on your holiday lists.
FIND YOUR CAUSE / GET INVOLVED
This past Thanksgiving weekend I was watching an old classic, Driving Miss Daisy, and my husband and I could not believe how much that film resonated TODAY, 27 years later! Towards the end of the film you hear Martin Luther King Jr. giving a speech and he says, “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad people but the appalling silence and indifference of the good people.” Many of us have been shocked and appalled by what we have seen and read in the news throughout this past year, and yet, when it comes time to do something, it can be overwhelming to even consider what action to take.
If you have found yourself in that camp, check out wall-of-us.org. This is a GREAT resource that will email you FOUR weekly actions (hey Path friends, you know how we feel about weekly actions!). The site makes it very easy to take some simple actions where you can actually MAKE A DIFFERENCE in what’s going on out there, politically, right now. Sign up at wall-of-us.org.
And in the spirit of #GivingTuesday, I’ve decided to donate 10% of every coaching session in the month of December to support the Brady Campaign. The mission of the Brady Organization is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025. I am 1000% behind this organization and want to do whatever we can at Capes Coaching to support their incredibly brave efforts. If you'd like to support them directly, you can visit their website at bradycampaign.org. #ENOUGH