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Steve Harper is a television writer, playwright, and creativity coach. Credits include the ABC series, “American Crime”, and USA Networks, “Covert Affairs”. His web series, “Send Me,” has won multiple awards and garnered an Emmy nom for its lead actress.
On this week’s episode of the “5 Things That Changed Your Life” podcast Steve discusses…
- Trading in my electric typewriter for a Mac: During college (and then after) I drank the Apple Computer kool-aid and eventually spent 10 years teaching computer skills to people of all ages.
- Discovering The Actors Work Program: As a broke actor, I stumbled into the Actors Fund and found this social-services division that taught me how to expand my skill-set and my resume to get “meaningful sideline employment”. Today I do all kind of work even as I pursue by art in many abundant ways.
- Hosting a Baltimore Kids Show: I was hired in the early ‘90s to co-star in, co-produce and co-write a wacky kids show on the Fox affiliate in Baltimore and used more of my creative juices that I had previously used on one project.
- Creating a web series: After writing on a TV show for a few years, I decided to create my own series for the web with a crazy premise (about time travel to the days of slavery) – without really having a game plan before I started. We ultimately got nominated for an Emmy.
- Doing the ManKind Project Weekend: I took the leap to follow a friend’s advice and participated in this weekend workshop around emotional literacy for men and my life took a turn for the better.
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5 Things That Changed Your Life
is a 12-episode multi-season podcast where guests share 5 stories, events, or experiences that had an impact on their lives. Hosted by Loren Kling
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For season 2, episode 4 of the “5 Things That Changed Your Life” podcast Alan and I sit down with children’s author and creative coach, Dana Middleton, where she discusses…
- Moving to a Farm: When I was 16, my family moved to a farm in North Georgia and it has really shaped who I am as well as influencing what I write about.
- Went to the Academy Awards: Was producer of Oscar nominated Short Film. Went to Oscars. Experienced the highs and lows of Hollywood.
- Went to an Energy Clearing seminar: Which unexpectedly changed my life and led to the coaching work I do today. And I really believed opened up my creative life.
- Wrote a kid’s book and then another: Found myself through writing for kids even though for a long time no one was publishing me.
- Got an agent: Will never forget waking up to the email of publisher, Susan Hawk, who loved my book and getting a two book deal. And it’s awesome to be a published author now.
Dana’s first book, The Infinity Year of Avalon James, is currently available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and at many book retailers. and is working on her next book, Open If You Dare, which arrives online and in stores in October 2017.
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5 Things That Changed Your Life is a 12-episode multi-season podcast where guests share 5 stories, events, or experiences that had an impact on their lives. Hosted by Loren Kling.
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On the season 2 premiere of the “5 Things That Changed Your Life” podcast, my guest, SAM CHRISTENSEN discusses:
- Being told he might make a great VP if he tried hard
- Getting a unique gift from his grandpa
- Learning the most valuable lesson from violinist Isaac Stern
- The end of the TV series M*A*S*H
- The Actors’ Center of Los Angeles and developing “The Sam Christensen Process”.
Sam is a former casting director for Broadway theatre, feature films, and television, including one of the most popular TV series of all-time, MASH.
Today, at “Sam Christensen Studios
” in North Hollywood, California, and in classes around the World, he teaches “The Sam Christensen Process
” to thousands of actors, artists, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and CEOs.
As a graduate of… “The Process”, I like to describe it as this…
Imagine you’re at a job interview or a casting audition and the person behind the table says, “Describe yourself”. What would you say?
Since taking the class in 2011, I’ve been able to easily and confidently say, “I’m an onion ring in a bag of fries.”
Can’t get more clearer than that!