YOU: “I suddenly realize I don’t really have time for this creative stuff. I’ve suddenly got SO much on my plate, and it’s really… self-indulgent. For my kids/career/partner/other creative project/suddenly amazing new job offer, I just don’t have time!”

ME: “I do notice when people commit to taking this risk to get on stage, a couple of things happen. Sometimes, their whole lives expand proportionally. New offers come in, new gigs, new partners… And I think that’s a major benefit of stepping up in one area of your life; the other areas grow, too. (Or the rest of your life starts to feel cramped and you have to go through a letting-go-of-the-old-stuff process.)

The other thing I notice is that resistance can act like a smokescreen and everything else can suddenly seem — or even be — SO important. This is exactly the time to keep this window of creativity open. Something is opening up, and this group experience is where you examine what that is. DON’T quit!”

(Another version of this is that life is suddenly really rough and you need to quit to focus on everything that’s going wrong. This is a great opportunity to bring what’s happening in your life to the stage and find resolution with it in your script. Don’t fall for this trap and don’t quit your creative work!)

Alicia Dattner

Comedian and Creatrix Alicia Dattner is an internationally-acclaimed, award-winning performer who loves to help others use the power of humor to transform their lives and write a new unfolding story for the world.


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