Month: December 2014

“And now to business.”

“Though it would be strange to demand clarity from people in a time like ours.” (Introduction) After about 18 years, I’m re-reading Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, the superbly-translated 2006 version by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, and, to quote from another classic, “Yes, I said yes, I will, yes!” I know that no less a talent than…
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December 29, 2014 0


Below, you’ll see the iconic “Earthrise” photo taken on December 24, 1968 by astronaut William Anders during the Apollo 8 mission. For a variety of reasons I found myself thinking about this stunning, calming photo. So much horrendous, heartbreaking news recently across the country, across the world. Even as someone who worked in network news…
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December 24, 2014 0

Making Things Happen

(Beth Waldman, who wrote today’s guest blog, also attended Wellesley College, and though our years overlapped, we only seriously connected very recently on a Facebook page. One thing led to another, and when she was telling me how she started her arts consulting business–basically, she saw a need, and decided to fill it–I did everything…
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December 22, 2014 0

The Art & Ambition of Social Media

“To create one’s world in any of the arts, takes courage.”- Georgia O’Keeffe Terrifyingly enough, we here in the YentaBunker are already girding our loins for 2015, and on January 16, I’ll be offering, in conjunction with the Queens Council on the Arts, The Art & Ambition of Social Media. If you’re an artist who…
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December 21, 2014 0

Business just got real

On December 3rd, my friend* Marie Segares (Creative Yarn Entrepreneur) graciously allowed me to be a guest on her small business podcast and we had a lot of  fun: So much fun that on January 21, 2015 we’re going to do round two: Business just got real We’ll be talking about growing and evolving your creative…
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December 19, 2014 0

An Actor’s (Imperfect) Life

(Several years ago, I was introduced to Amanda through a mutual friend. We survived an odious comedy show together and made each other laugh and voila: a friendship was born!  As I’ve built up my coaching business, and  heightened my interest in helping artists, Amanda has been a great guinea pig inspiration; one of my…
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December 17, 2014 0

Bring your ideas to life…

…bringing yourself to life… Many moons ago, when I started this business, I, in all innocence, believed that everyone honestly wanted to achieve their goals. I believed that most people were just thwarted by their inability to figure out how they would bring those goals to life, but once they were offered a viable, realistic…
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December 15, 2014 0

Fight your own battles

“How hurtful it can be to deny one’s true self and live a life of lies just to appease others.” -June Ahern Because fighting your own battles is hard enough, right? Your own battles can exhaust you, and leave you empty, alone and frightened, wondering what the hell you’re doing with your life. Your own…
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December 4, 2014 0

What I learned from Gore Vidal

“I never miss a chance to have sex, or appear on television.”- Gore Vidal Oh, so many reasons I love Gore Vidal, but first and foremost, I  adore him for the wit and authority of his writing. Gore Vidal is in control as an author; he was born in control. If you haven’t read any…
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December 2, 2014 0