Creative Anxiety

Nicolas Cage in Adaptation

This is a scene in one of the great movies about the inner life of artists: “Adaptation.” Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman [Nicolas Cage] is facing the dreaded blank page: “To begin…To begin…How to start? I’m hungry. I should get coffee. Coffee would help me think. Maybe I should write something first, then reward myself with coffee. […]

Alex Lambert on stage fright

Alex Lambert

By Cat Robson – Many of us who have performed before an audience can probably relate to American Idol castoff Alex Lambert. The fear of failing in front of an audience is familiar to me. Even though I never had a major memory lapse or experienced any ridicule for my work as an actress, I […]

Self-esteem: what’s so good about it?

Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons, asked about joining the TV program “The Apprentice: Celebrity Edition”, gave one of his typical tongue in cheek responses: “I’m the next apprentice because I’m the best of the best” – adding with a big grin: “Look how sincere I am.” He also commented, “You can’t get really too full of yourself. The […]

A bit of existential comedy: the movie “Rubber”


Lieutenant Chad [addressing the camera / movie audience]: “In the Steven Spielberg movie E.T., why is the alien brown? No reason. “In Love Story, why do the two characters fall madly in love with each other? No reason. “In Oliver Stone’s JFK, why is the President suddenly assassinated by some stranger? No reason. “In the […]

Too Much Perfectionism

Black Swan - dancers

“Were it not for perfectionism, we would be in short supply of all those myriad human activities we deem extraordinary, excellent, outstanding or great in quality.” Psychologist Stephen A. Diamond, Ph.D. continues: “Once upon a time perfectionism was perceived not as neurosis, but rather as a sign of commitment, caring, and devotion to one’s work…” […]