I LOVED having the opportunity to work with Randy in the Path Course a few years ago for so many reasons, one of them being how honest and real he was in his approach to the course work. When he hit up against a block in the work, he didn’t run away. He also didn’t rush past it. He sat with what was hard and listened long enough to learn something valuable about himself and his process. “The best way out is always through,” really does prove to be true. The work we do in the Path Course can wake you up to a lot of things about your life and career that aren’t working, as Randy describes when he says “I had surrendered my biggest dreams. I needed the vital tools that Path provides to dig my way out of my own fortress of fear, crippling self-doubt, and flourishing ambivalence.”
Today’s featured Artist In Action is Caitlin Kunkel, who is here to share about her path as a writer and how private coaching has supported her along the way, especially as she published her first book last month!! This is a great insider’s view to how personalized the private coaching experience can be, and we hope you enjoy learning more about coaching from Caitlin’s perspective. Oh, and do yourself a favor and get her new book asap – it’s the perfect holiday gift for your feminist friends.
As my regular readers know, our Featured Artist in Action posts are my favorite to share with you. Not only do I get to check in with some of the fabulous artists whom I've coached either in the Path Course or in Private Coaching, I also get a chance to see how the work that I've dedicated my life to has impacted others. It's an immensely fulfilling experience.
Today's Featured Artist In Action is the multi-talented Andrea Jones-Rooy, who first took the Path Class in 2014. Andrea's journey is an absolutely fascinating one (that spans the globe!). Additionally, Andrea's answers to my questions were so in-depth, that I realized they offered a true insider's view into the entire process of how the Path Course curriculum applies to someone's life on a practical level. If you've ever wanted to know how it all works, here are the goods. Let's turn it over to Andrea.
I am proud to be featuring a long-time Path Alum, Doug Moe, as our Featured Artist in Action this month. Since Doug took the Path Course back in 2010, he has continued to use the tools and do the work. I always tell folks at the end of the course, this work will be all about your commitment to it, and Doug is a true example of what can happen when you stay committed to using the tools and working with accountability partners, no matter how crazy life gets. Doug and his fab accountability partners have been meeting weekly for years now! I get to meet up with them every 6-12 months for a group session to check in on their progress and do some coaching. I always leave so inspired by this group and what they are creating for their lives and careers! This is what commitment looks like, and yes, it DOES produce results. Doug just published his first book (!!!), Man vs. Child, which he will tell you more about below – and we are super thrilled to see what's next for Doug. Enjoy his interview!
It's Featured Artist in Action time again (which, as regular readers know, I am a BIG fan of!). This time around we're talking to actor and writer Michael Cyril Creighton. Michael has a great success story that's sure to inspire: While working in the box office at Playwrights Horizons, he created a web series about a guy that works in a box office. That series — Jack in the Box — went on to win him a WGA award for best new web series. He subsequently quit his job at Playwrights and less than six months later was cast in a play there, in which he was then nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award. He's since found success in numerous mediums, and continues to make a name for himself as an actor and writer. Let's turn it over Michael to get the full story!
2014 is here, and what better way to kick off the new year than with a Featured Artist in Action blog post...or, rather, Artists in Action. This time around we're talking with two of the funniest comedians around — UCB alums Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. I've had the absolute pleasure of knowing these ladies for years, as both have taken the Path Class. In the time since, I've seen them pour their hard work and passion into their hilarious web series, Broad City, which has gone from having a very dedicated cult following to getting picked up by Comedy Central (and produced by fellow UCB-alum, Amy Poehler!). The first season of Broad City on Comedy Central premieres on January 22, but before you become hooked, check out what Ilana and Abbi had to say about their Path experience and how they've gotten to where they are.
It's Featured Artist In Action time again! And I am beyond excited to shine the spotlight on a supremely talented actress that I've had the pleasure of working with for quite some time: Michelle Hurst. If Michelle looks familiar to you, it's with good reason — outside of being a gifted stage performer, she's been popping up on some very well known television shows for a while now. Recently, however, she's found great success (and fabulous reviews) with her role on the "It" show of the moment, Netflix's Orange is the New Black. Let's turn things over to Michelle to hear about how she does what she does.
Here we are, already two full months into 2013, and it's time for my favorite type of blog post — another Featured Artist In Action! This time around, we're shining the spotlight on an actress whose drive and commitment can serve as a bit of inspiration for everyone out there who feels like they're constantly making sacrifices for their goals. Kat Ventura came to my Path Class last year with a one-year goal that seemed nearly impossible due to financial and other obstacles. But, she stayed the course, dug in her heels, and did what she had to do in order to make her dreams a reality. It's the sort of story that makes me beam with pride and feel great about what I do. So, let's turn things over to Kat and hear about it in her own words.
It's been a little while since we've thrown the spotlight on one of our favorite artists in action, so I'm excited to kick off September by doing just that. First, a disclaimer: we at Capes Coaching absolutely love this blog post's featured artist: Cynthia Silver. Cynthia is something of a renaissance woman; she's an actress, writer, director, solo performer, a teacher at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, and a "Mompreneur". She is proof-positive that it's possible to have a successful career in the arts while also raising a child. Cynthia is currently an ensemble member of Partial Comfort Productions, and her one woman show, Bridezilla Strikes Back!, has garnered critical and audience acclaim in New York City. Let's turn it over to her and see how she's done it all.
Here we are, once again, doing one of my favorite things: sharing the success story of an artist that we at Capes Coaching truly adore. This time around we're talking with the fantastically larger-than-life Sheri Sanders, a musical theatre actress who's taken life by the reigns and made quite a splash as the go-to coach for rock musical auditions. If you've ever had the privilege of taking one of Sheri's classes, you know that she doesn't do anything by halves; she's fiery, passionate, and absolutely inspirational. Let's see how she's made it all happen.
Here we go again — time to shine the spotlight on one of our favorite artists. This month's Featured Artist In Action is actress, writer, artistic director, and mom(!), Sandy Rustin. I've had the pleasure of knowing Sandy for many years, and let me tell you: she is one hard-working and talented lady! Sandy is proof-positive that having a family does not mean having to sacrifice your artistic career. A look at her credits reveals stints with the Upright Citizen's Brigade, a host of stage productions and TV guest spots, and her latest endeavor as the writer of the Off Broadway production, Rated P...For Parenthood. And, quite honestly, I think it's all just the tip of the iceberg for her. So, let's do what we do and turn things over to Sandy.
Here we are, once again, doing something that I truly love: bragging about people we think are not only super talented, but just all-around-wonderful, as well. Today's Featured Artist In Action is someone you better keep your eye on: Amir Arison. I've known Amir for years and always felt that big things were in store for him. With recent stints on two critically-acclaimed shows — FX's American Horror Story and Showtime's Homeland — he's hitting his stride and making things happen. Let's turn it over to Amir.
Erin Stutland, our latest Featured Artist In Action, is an absolute powerhouse of energy. Seriously, the girl has an unlimited source of enthusiasm and go-get-'em spirit, which anyone who has taken one of her Shrink Session or Air In Sculpt classes can attest to. Outside of her work as a body/mind trainer in New York City, she also writes, produces, and stars in a successful series of inspirational, how-to web videos (and is an actress, on top of it all). Let's let Erin do her thing and give us the scoop on how she's making it happen.
Our latest Featured Artist In Action is actress, singer, and model, Zakiya Young, whose talents have graced the Broadway stage (Disney's The Little Mermaid), numerous Off Broadway theaters, national commercials, and, as a mezzo-soprano, the concert stage. As you'll read, Zakiya's career is taking off these days, and we couldn't be happier for her! Let's hand it over to her.
There are so many things that I love about my job, but the one thing that brings me the most satisfaction is, without a doubt, hearing the success stories of the artists that I've worked with. So, what better way to bring that joy to this blog than to share their stories with you? I'm excited to present our Featured Artist In Action -- a recurring Q&A series that will put the spotlight on current and former Capes Coaching clients who are making it happen out there, and who you should definitely keep on your radar.
To kick things off, we've got Dan Avidan, a multi-talented musician, comedian, writer, you-name-it, who's enjoying some much-deserved success with Ninja Sex Party, the musical comedy duo that he created with Brian Wecht, and whose videos have turned them into an internet sensation. From the moment that everyone at Capes Coaching saw the first Ninja Sex Party video, we knew that it was only a matter of time before people would be buzzing about Dan. Even better, he's one of those people that you just want to cheer for because he's humble, has an infectious energy, and is genuine to the core. I couldn't be happier that his career is really taking off -- so let's find out how he's been doing it.
1) When you first started working with Capes Coaching, what were your goals?
I think my original goal was just to figure out what my goal actually was. I knew I wanted to start a comedy band along the lines of Flight of the Conchords, but I didn't know what to do once the group had been created. I had just turned 30, and after spending 10 years in bands that went nowhere due to lack of planning and focus, I was determined for things to be different this time around.
2) What have you accomplished since then?
The past two and a half years have been the most exciting of my life, career-wise. I started a comedy band called "Ninja Sex Party" which has been doing really well. We signed with a great management company, and have played sold out shows and festivals in 10 cities across the US and Canada. Our music videos have been viewed over 2 million times online, and have been showcased on the front pages of YouTube, Funny or Die, and the Huffington Post. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcmBALxDkRY]
3) What has been your biggest career challenge and how did you overcome it?
For me the hardest thing was always looking at comedians and musicians that were already hugely successful and thinking that what they had achieved was beyond my reach. It was painful to start a new project with modest goals when I was watching people every night on TV who were so far ahead of me. I think the key to overcoming it was focusing on myself, and tuning everything else out.
It's like building a house. First you have to lay a brick on the ground...then another brick next to it...then another. Then you look over at your neighbor's yard, and he's putting the finishing touches on his mansion. How do you not look down at your three bricks and feel hopeless? You really have to remind yourself that five years ago, he started out just like you did. He succeeded because he concentrated on his goals and consistently kept his eyes on the next step. You have to do the same. Slow hard work is the only way to create something meaningful.
4) What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were first starting out?
That I have to work just as hard as everyone else. I spent a lot of years just sitting back, thinking that fame and fortune would come to me because I was somehow special. When I first started pursuing music after college, I swore I'd never end up one of those 30-year-old guys who sits around smoking pot and playing guitar in his parents' basement. Then 7 years passed, and I found myself perilously close to that exact scenario! It was a real wake up call, and became the catalyst for the work I've done in the past 3 years. Sometimes I wish I could have learned that lesson sooner, but the past is the past.
5) What are you currently working on?
We are releasing our first full-length album next month, which is really exciting...but the big news is that we were recently approached by several TV producers interested in developing a Ninja Sex Party television show. Together with our management team, we have been working tirelessly on the project for the past few months and will be pitching to networks in the fall.
6) Anything else you feel like sharing?
Just that I have a lot of respect for all you fellow artists out there. If you're reading this, chances are that you've already taken the first step toward your goal, which is awesome! The first step is the most important one. It's what separates you from the millions of people who just talk instead of act. It means you have the courage to dedicate your life to something you love.