I admit it. I've been seeing a Career Champion.
It's true. It's so 2004, I know. But it seems to be helping. There she is, this warm, intuitive woman, holding court in her condo in The Valley. And we, as a group, sit around and talk about what we are each trying to accomplish. And this woman, Barbara is her name, homes right in on what's going on, what you need to do, what the block is and even more importantly, how to adjust your perception of the situation.
For me, a gloomy gus, worrying about getting old and having accomplished nothing, this is extremely helpful.
The first evening I went, I was critical. I found fault with the silly LA-ness of it all, the condo-feel of it all, the sunshine-pounding-up-the-ass of it all, but I tried her techniques, and they worked.
I was able to get through more phone calls, emails and meetings than ever before. Even having fun doing it.
Results: My plays are being shuttled to Steppenwolf. I have two readings coming up. The door is open at a publishing company for my book. And most importantly, I don't feel like I've been dragged through the mud. I feel, somehow, intact. This is very new.
Worth the effort.
And, somehow, the condo in the valley is starting to take on a certain charm and warmth of spirit.