Lessons Learned Along the Way: A Pregame Intern’s Recap

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It’s crazy to think that my (almost) 3 months here at Pregame are up, but alas, the time has come. As I am preparing to head back to school, I can’t help but reminisce on these past few months and the unimaginable experience that I have had this summer as Pregame’s intern. Bottom line: I have had the most rewarding, fulfilling, informative, motivating, and fruitful summer and it is almost all by virtue of my time here at Pregame HQ. I just want to thank Pregame for this summer spent growing and learning in an involuntary capacity that I have […]

Falling Down the Rabbit Hole: Navigating Ambiguity

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In the last month, I’ve had several conversations with clients about the negative impact ambiguity is having on their careers or the careers of their direct reports. Likewise, it is THE thing that paralyzes me in my business. I’d argue that the ability to navigate ambiguity is what separates success from failure. I was a good student in school (usually). School taught me to look for the answer and to be able to cough it up on tests, even during class “discussions.” I am always looking for the right answer. It’s not fair to blame it on our education system; […]

Personal Brand & Global Culture: Embrace the You in a Billion

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Our culture informs our world view. It informs what we know, how others see perceive us…often even before we speak. In a way, identifying how our culture and diversity make us unique has been at the core of my teaching philosophy, in my decade(plus) working with clients and students from around the world. Helping people find and use the “expert within” to create an authentic personal brand has become my expertise. Culture influences our values My first business, focused on helping thousands of actors from New York City to Los Angeles, and far beyond, understand business and the value of […]

Life is What Happens While You Were Making Other Plans

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“Where do you see yourself in five years?” This question is so common, it’s become an interview cliché. But the first time I was asked, I didn’t know about any of that, I was simply unprepared. I didn’t have a good answer, nor did I want to. Five years seemed like forever, and I hadn’t been living with any kind of long-term plans. I was 28 years old, supporting my young family-of-four, with few resources and a lot of financial hardships. All I’d ever known was short-term jobs at hourly wages with few benefits. I’d attended twelve schools by 10th […]

Encore: Welcome to the Elite Society of Former Performers

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An excerpt from Exit Stage Right: The Career Change Handbook for Performers Once you’re solidly in your new chapter, you join the ranks of the Former Performers: the passionate souls who pursued one of the most difficult – and rewarding – career paths that exist. You followed your first dream, and that is something you should always cherish. For a long time, I struggled with the admission that I used to be an actor. I thought it undermined my current career or suggested that I had failed and cashed out. As time gives me distance, however, I realize that my […]

Too Much is Not Enough: Escaping Impossible Standards

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My first anxiety attack was three months after I opened the Pregame Clubhouse. Not the first anxiety attack of my life – far from it. That had been in 2002, the summer I took on roles in four different plays (rehearsing in different boroughs, not always at different times) while still working full time at a mutual fund in Manhattan. I was going to grow my artistic resume even if it killed me. And that wasn’t my first attack of professional FOMO. No, that was exemplified by the additional page attached to my college applications to outline the extraextracurriculars that surely made […]

A Life of Purpose

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The purpose of life is a life of purpose. —Robert Byrne How do we keep going in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds? How do we overcome the dark forces of self-doubt and self-criticism which can sometimes cripple our ability to create our best, most purposeful lives? How do we rise above the sometimes ungenerous, unkind stories we tell ourselves as we go about our lives? Sitting around the table at our morning coaching session, teas and coffees in hand, these were some of the questions we explored. Three of us—all creative solopreneurs, writers and designers—shared our fears and doubts, goals […]

Aurin Squire on Scripting for Stage & Screen

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Aurin Squire is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and reporter. He is a recipient of the 2014 Lecomte du Nouy Prize from Lincoln Center and the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwright Fellowship at The Juilliard School. He graduated with honors from Northwestern University and worked as a radio reporter for the college’s national newsfeed. He was also a reporter for publications like ESPN, The Miami Herald, and Chicago Tribune. After graduating from The Actors’ Studio and New School University with an MFA in Playwriting, he was commissioned as a screenwriter for Moxie Pictures, adapting the novel Velocity into a movie. Most recently, Squire […]

Impact: LaunchCode

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LaunchCode is a nonprofit organization that creates routes to economic opportunity and upward mobility through apprenticeships and job placement in technology. LaunchCode partners with over 300 companies, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to innovative startups, and matches them with job seekers through a unique mentorship and paid apprenticeship program. Located primarily in the St. Louis and Miami areas, LaunchCoders also work in Chicago, Atlanta, Fort Knox, Seattle, Portland, and other locations. LaunchCode was co-founded by Square’s Jim McKelvey in 2013. It has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, npr’s Marketplace, and TechCrunch for its tremendous impact in the tech industry: creating 500+ new jobs in tech, […]

Three Tips to Get You a Summer Vacation

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I freakin’ love summer. People are happier. Life in summer seems light and fresh and just…scrumptious. Perhaps it is because so many people take vacations in the summer. If you are an entrepreneur, you may find summer to be a frustrating jerk of a season that rubs your nose in the fact that you can’t really take time off. Bullshit! You can (and absolutely should) take a vacation. You just need to know how to prep for one. Lucky for you, I have three tips to help you get there: 1. Schedule, Schedule, Schedule There is a reason this is […]