Petra Kolber on Detoxing From Perfection, Authenticity, and Confidence

Petra Kolber

In The Interview: Episode #10, Ciara Pressler interviews Petra Kolber, author of The Perfection Detox. Petra and Ciara talk about… What it means to be of service to others right now How being a fitness professional created unrealistic expectations and goals Shifting the message away from a need to attain perfection Using the metrics of possibility and future building to measure success Petra Kolber is a speaker, author, mindset coach, podcast host, DJ, and wellness leader who is known throughout the industry as a beacon of authentic happiness. As a keynote speaker, she inspires people around the globe to stand […]

Book Brief: Creative Careers by B. Jeffrey Madoff

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Creative Careers: Making a Living with Your Ideas B. Jeffrey Madoff Hachette Go, 2020 The Idea Creative Careers pulls from interviews with more than forty experts–notable entrepreneurs, artists, and business leaders–as well as from Madoff’s own decades of experience. Born from Madoff’s popular seminar Creative Careers at Parsons School of Design in New York, he draws from interviews with huge names in creativity as well as a lifetime career in fashion and film. Creativity can often feel sporadic and unfocused, coming in bursts and peaks. That’s why Madoff focuses your professional path by asking vital questions that will ultimately help you. […]

A Troubling Tony Winner

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The very first show I had my name on as a producer on Broadway was called The Scottsboro Boys.  Those of you in the theatre may have heard of it, but many people will not know the show because it only ran for two months on Broadway and while almost every interview I have done has asked me about how I became a producer, I have never been asked about why I decided to raise money for that show. For those who have never heard of the show, it was a musical that dealt with the famous Scottsboro case in which 9 Black […]

July 2020: Awakening

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And then suddenly, everyone woke up. Well, not everyone. And not fully awake. But no one can deny that the past month has seen a remarkable wave of increased awareness in America about the perpetual problem of racism, and how society cannot be healthy when we insist on viewing ourselves as individuals whose actions and worldview don’t affect anyone rather than part of a system where everything is connected. To me, waking up is the point. It’s the process. As in, THE process. The purpose of life. To be continually evolving, learning, growing, connecting. It’s difficult because there is no finish […]

An American Intervention

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Photo: The author inside a human cage at The Whitney Plantation, the only American plantation restored to honor the memory and plight of enslaved African people. Welcome to the week of waking up. I am watching the stream of Official Statements from various organizations from the back of the room, leaning against the wall with my arms crossed, side of my mouth turned up and brow furrowed. This week of black squares on social media has been what the rainbow logo is to Pride week: easy, convenient, trendy. Meaningless unless followed by tangible, measurable action. Businesses that declare support for […]

Karla Starr on Resilience, The Nature of Luck, and Trusting Your Abilities

Karla Starr

In The Interview: Episode #08, Ciara Pressler interviews Karla Starr, author, health and behavioral science fanatic, and freelance journalist. Karla and Ciara talk about… Redefining relationships with uncertainty and focusing what we can control Human psychology and how it applies to properties of stress and resilience How we can apply insights of human psychology to making decisions in business Her upcoming book about how we can make progress despite immense uncertainty Her extensive research on the nature of luck Trusting your own abilities Karla Starr has written for O, The Atlantic, Slate, Popular Science, the Guardian, and the Los Angeles […]

Lindsey Murphy on Creating Content and Encouraging Kids to Think Critically

Lindsey Murphy

In The Interview: Episode #06, Ciara Pressler interviews Lindsey Murphy, Web Television Show Host, Public Speaker, and Founder. Lindsey and Ciara talk about… Adapting content to what an audience needs in a safe but still entertaining way Jumping head first into new opportunities Creating content for a quality web series The importance of getting paid for the work you do, especially as a woman and/or person of color Encouraging kids to think critically and learning to question everything Lindsey Murphy is the award-winning creator and host of The Fab Lab With Crazy Aunt Lindsey, YouTube’s most beloved kids science web […]

Aurin Squire on Stage and Screen Writing, Collaboration, and Meditation

Aurin Squire

In The Interview: Episode #03, Ciara Pressler interviews Aurin Squire, New York playwright, reporter, and screenwriter. Aurin and Ciara talk about… Writing for stage and screen The necessity of a creative community and collaboration in achieving success Grappling with internal validation in theatre arts Pursuing driving passions Turning the inner critic into internal motivation Cultivating a meditation practice Aurin Squire is an award-winning playwright, reporter, and multimedia artist. Currently, he’s a supervising producer on the tv dramas The Good Fight and Evil. He’s also been a writer on This Is Us and BrainDead. As a New Dramatists resident playwright, he […]

Cathey Armillas on Optimizing Ideas and Adapting to Online Speaking

Cathey Armillas

In The Interview: Episode #02, Ciara Pressler interviews Cathey Armillas, Marketing Strategist, International Speaker, Presentation Coach, and Author. Cathey and Ciara talk about… Reimagining and reengineering practices for online speaking engagements The science of online attention The beautiful accident that led to her turning personal development into helping others become better speakers Optimizing ideas in order to make them valuable and spreadable How to approach giving brief, yet dense and informative talks Cathey Armillas is a Marketing Strategist and the author of the award-winning book, The Unbreakable Rules of Marketing: 9 ½ Ways to Get People to Love You. These […]

Nick Onken on Photography, Creative Careers, and Personal Growth

Nick Onken

In The Interview: Episode #01, Ciara Pressler interviews Nick Onken, world-renowned photographer and host of the NIONlife podcast. Nick and Ciara talk about: How creativity is beginning to look different in life during Coronavirus Tools to utilize in coming to terms with uncertainty The journey of a career in a creative field Staying true to your vision while producing content for others Nick Onken is a photographer, creative entrepreneur, and podcast host who has had ample experience in exploring his gift and sharing his inspiration with the world around him. He has worked with global brands such as Nike, Adidas, […]