One of the biggest pleasures of my job is being able to talk to artists who have found success and who also possess the self-awareness to understand the process of how they did so. In fact, I did an entire interview series for Artists In Action with people from all corners of the creative industry, trying to get to the essence of what makes someone successful in the arts. The not-so-surprising conclusion: there's no one wayto do things. What works for one person may not work for another. But one thing that was abundantly clear from everyone I talked to was that it takes hard work, persistence, and (above all else) consistently being true to what it is that you love. That last part most certainly rings true in the career of playwright, screenwriter, and lyricist, David Lindsay-Abaire, and I am truly thrilled to present to you my interview with him.
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.
How cool it is to wake up thinking, "What can I do for someone else today?" There’s no better start to a day — it sets a precedent and I've found that I’ve been giving more in general ways throughout the entire day. It’s also infectious; talking to my family members about it over the holiday weekend, everyone was brainstorming ideas for ways to help other people. My 6-year-old nephew said, "Open the door for someone," and my 10-year-old niece said, "Give food to someone who doesn't have money." It's amazing how easy it is to make a difference in people's lives when it's intentional. The night after thanksgiving I hadn't done my gift yet, and as my mom was getting ready to order in dinner for all of us, I jumped up and offered to take everyone’s order and then run and get dinner for the whole group. I’m usually content to just throw my order out to whoever is taking charge (because trying to order dinner for 10 people can be an exercise in chaos), but it felt great to take the burden off my mom — treating it like a "gift" made it enjoyable to do.
Let’s be honest, the word “seminar” doesn’t usually get people excited…which is pretty understandable. But, if you’ve ever been to a Capes Coaching seminar, you know that we do our best to make them fun and inspiring. After all, we know that (especially in places like New York and L.A.) time is a precious commodity — we want to make it worth the investment. So, what excites ME about our seminars? Well, outside of being able to share what we do, I love meeting artists from every walk of life, each with their own unique story, some of who end up inspiring me. Even better is when I see a familiar face in the crowd — someone who came to a previous seminar and has a story about how their life has been affected by what they learned.