The Anxiety of Choice

The Anxiety of Choice

The skill of choice is something I’ve had to work on (and continue to work on) a lot throughout my life. Those who know me best will tell you I am incredibly indecisive. Picking simple things like what to eat for dinner or what movie to watch are often particularly a struggle. More often than not I will end up making a list of appealing options and offering it to the other person. I would like to think it is because …

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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Jennifer Hale was a special guest teacher in Steve Blum’s Live Teaching Series class recently. WOW! She is a powerful representation of goodness and light! Not only is she an award-winning actress, successful businesswoman, published singer and songwriter (the list goes on and on), but she’s also passionately interested in helping you become the best version of yourself! I could gush for a while about Jennifer Hale’s brilliance and intense caring, though I’ll instead focus on …

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Right Where You Are is Ok

Right Where You Are is Ok

People have lost their businesses. Many lost their jobs, their sources of income, their loved ones. Whether it was due to the virus or the aftermath of months of lockdown and distancing, the social animal that is the human has had to become anything but that, and that hasn’t gone so well for a lot of us…

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Why Take a Risk?

Why Take a Risk?

The truth is I sit at my desk in my home office 40+ hours a week and haven’t found anything stimulating or inspiring to write about. I’ve spent the better part of a year interacting with people only on zoom and binge-watching old re-runs on TV. (I’m on the last season of Deep Space 9 at the moment). Then a surprise: Last night (March 16) I was invited to watch a …

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Respect is Both a Noun and a Verb

Respect is Both a Noun and a Verb

It is not simply a (fantastic and iconic) song by Aretha Franklin or something to instill in school children as they learn to play peacefully with others.  Respect is something you earn, something you have, something you do and show.  Feeling it for someone or something is great but showing it is so much more meaningful…

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Take Time to Slow Down

Take Time to Slow Down

For many people, it’s common to stay busy – to chase a never-ending list of “things to do”, but if we continue to move too fast without rest, we eventually become mostly reactionary versus reflective in our thoughts and actions. This can cause not only awkward mistakes, extra complexity in tasks, and misunderstandings in communication, though it can also impact our general well-being. It might seem counterproductive but slowing down can help you to be more successful. Yet …

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An Unexpected Voiceover Journey

An Unexpected Voiceover Journey

Most of you know me as someone that helps facilitate Steve’s Classes, but I also enjoyed my own voiceover journey for more than 10 years. I want to share with you a powerful story from that journey that ties directly into Steve’s teachings, that I never even knew til I’d heard him teach it a dozen times and then experienced it myself…

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Time to Reconnect and Rebuild

Time to Reconnect and Rebuild

Now that we can see a path for beating COVID, I’ve been taking stock of what I’ve personally lost. How can I recover some of that loss? Maybe in the process, I can better myself and rebuild an even stronger me. Music for me is not just a hobby it’s also meditative. Playing guitar or piano takes focus. That focus helps me to let go of everything I’m holding onto for a moment. It clears and calms my mind…

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Reinvention

Reinvention

The willingness to constantly reinvent oneself as an actor/artist is a level of self-reflection that is critical for retaining the joy and…

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Seemingly Random Happenstances…(aka my Journey to Team Blumvox)

Seemingly Random Happenstances…(aka my Journey to Team Blumvox)

As I write this, I realize I have not yet officially introduced myself in this amazing community so… Hi! I’m Gwen (aka: Gwendolyn), a theatre lover living in the Greater Seattle area with many passions in the artistic and creative world. I believe that LIFE IS IMPROV, and I love to play around and create – especially within the areas of photography, culinary, poetry, music, and more! Also, I believe in philanthropy and …

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Leadership- What does it really look like?

Leadership- What does it really look like?

Leadership (or lack thereof) is something we’ve gotten a good dose of throughout the world this year. Thanks to Covid we’ve seen Leaders who don’t “walk the talk”, leaders who don’t do what they tell us to do, and leaders who fall far short – and some that have fallen from grace as a result…

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Opportunity or Is Our World Random?

Opportunity or Is Our World Random?

First a Little About Me I’m the new “kid” on the  BVS team and this is my first Blumvox Studio’s Team Blog Post. As an independent contractor, I helped Blumvox Studios with their website technology update in 2018. This fall, I was delighted to be invited to join Blumvox full-time…

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What Do You Want?

What Do You Want?

It’s almost a New Year. A time when folks take a moment to reflect on some things they should do differently.  A time for asking yourself, “What do you want?” and committing to change. They are often seemingly simple things on the surface but ultimately require a complete change in lifestyle (or at the very least, an overhaul of time management). You know the normal resolutions: work out more, eat healthier …

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Shift Happens

Shift Happens

There’s no denying that 2020 has been a roller coaster of a year. We started January with “normal” expectations and goals, then news of a virus started creeping across the country and slowly, our nation and our world (both physical and mental) started shifting – and continues to do so – often!

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Recalibration

Recalibration

From recalibrating our website and how we present you with our classes, to recalibrating our Team and how we communicate with each other, it’s as if right when we think “this is perfect!” we realize we need to pivot and change things again. It’s been that way all year, and I’m sure you’ve felt that flux in your own life as well….

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Recalibrate

Recalibrate

To say that a time like this is uncommon would be a severe understatement.  How often does an event occur that calls for the whole of humanity to act?  We are living through a period that future generations will be shocked to hear about.  They will stare wide-eyed at us as we speak of being stuck at home for months on end.  It should go without saying that a time like this requires a hefty amount of recalibration…

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Recalibrate Your State

Recalibrate Your State

◁ Previous PostBack To ArchiveNext Post ᐅDefinition of Recalibratere·​cal·​i·​brate | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈka-lə-ˌbrāttransitive verb: to calibrate (something)...

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Celebrating No Matter What!

Celebrating No Matter What!

“Why Should We Celebrate during a Time like THIS?!” Celebration might not be something you can imagine at this time, during this year, but bear with me. There’s a reason why it can be of great help in steering your life toward things that…

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Awareness of the Actor

Awareness of the Actor

There are so many layers and so much depth to the seemingly simple concept of awareness that to sum them up with this one word can seem somewhat daunting. In theater alone, the plethora of internal and external factors that make up this beautifully simple concept…

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Persistence (AKA Persist-Dance)

Persistence (AKA Persist-Dance)

I love to think about Persistence as a Dance, one where we are in the constant ebb and flow with ourselves, with others and the Universe.  So much comes from staying the course, internally and externally that we must learn to be…

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Awareness

Awareness

◁ Previous PostBack To ArchiveNext Post ᐅAwareness is juicy – it’s some quantum level ish. I have three favorite sayings about awareness that have...

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Trust in the Power of Authenticity

Trust in the Power of Authenticity

How much time have you spent looking at yourself in the mirror, making funny faces, and playing around with characters?  We all do it (quite unashamedly I might add).  Why then do most of us tend to hate the sound of our own voice when we hear it played back? What makes us cringe at the sight…

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When Reality Bites, Let Yourself Cry

When Reality Bites, Let Yourself Cry

In-authenticity is learned behavior. We suppress our feelings and our tears. Somehow not crying is perceived as strength when it’s actually the opposite. It’s toxic to our systems when we hold the tears back. By doing so, we set ourselves up for disease and illness while risking the loss of our authentic nature…

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When Reality Bites, Move Forward

When Reality Bites, Move Forward

In the crazy, wonderful, ridiculous pursuit of acting there are going to be times when reality bites.  Things will just seem to be stacked against us (and it will likely happen a lot).  It truly can be one of the most disheartening businesses out there, designed to…

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When Reality Bites, What’s Your Reaction?

When Reality Bites, What’s Your Reaction?

Many people have heard the phrase, “Fight or Flight” regarding someone’s reaction to danger. It’s the body’s natural stress response that helps you react to perceived threats as appropriate. Fight or Flight is an active defense where you either stay in…

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When Reality Bites

When Reality Bites

“Reality” is all-the-way painful right now, for many people in many countries and on many fronts. You could call it a bite. A sting. Or even a wounding. No matter where you are in the world – and I’m writing this from the very edge of it – New Zealand – you’ve likely experienced some kind of “stinging” from this year’s events…

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Let’s Have A Real Conversation

Let’s Have A Real Conversation

I want us to have a real conversation, one that opens us up to the Truth. So many of us have challenges that no one knows about because we keep them locked up inside. We pretend that all is well when really it’s not. On the flip side, many of us have…

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Celebration

Celebration

Celebration is inherently active. It is not a natural reaction to something or even a feeling, but a responsive action that one can choose to partake in. Birthday parties don’t just plan themselves. Weddings don’t just happen without at least a couple of people making a plan. We have the power to choose to celebrate what we celebrate…

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Love and Positivity

Love and Positivity

Leading with love and positivity can provide strength within and help you realize your power, thus allowing you to expand and do greater things. It is not unrealistic to say the world is at least a bit chaotic, especially as of late. That said, it’s even more common for us to use social media as an escape…

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Finding Balance in Work and Life

Finding Balance in Work and Life

How do you “Find Balance” when “Balance” is characterized as a state of equilibrium achieved by the cancellation of all forces by equal opposing forces? It sounds pretty superhero if you ask me …

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Trust Yourself

Trust Yourself

Trust plays a HUGE role in what it means to surrender into your calling, your artistry, and your gifts/talents as an actor or creative. It is extremely important to build Trust within yourself so you can sustain challenges when they arise but more importantly, so you can Love yourself; the kind of self love that will do for you whatever it takes to ensure that you are …

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What’s In Your Actor’s Toolbox?

What’s In Your Actor’s Toolbox?

I realize the word “toolbox” has being thrown around a lot, both in our content and in many other acting blogs so first just let me clarify: the actor’s toolbox is an internal collection of techniques, skills, and information that can be drawn from whenever you need them …

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Expand-Don’t Contract!

Expand-Don’t Contract!

Perhaps you’re stuck at home with family members you don’t like. Maybe the kids are driving you nuts, or you’re going crazy trying to stick to your normal routine while surrounded by a world and an economy in flux. Expansion doesn’t have to look like more stuff, or more money, or bigger and better things happening in your life…

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Expansion

Expansion

My mind has been one big constant thought lately. Meditation has been challenging and staying consistent with my Breath work has been too. One moment I feel calm and relaxed and the next moment I’m tense and unsure. I have to consciously bring myself back to my Breath throughout the day, everyday right now. I’m finding that I’ve been holding my Breath for extended periods of time (again) which signals to me that I’m stressed and afraid. I did this a lot when I was a kid, so I’m giving myself the freedom to feel the stress and …

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Expansion

Expansion

In a time of inevitable uncertainty surrounding a health crisis unlike anything most of us have seen in our lifetimes, for those of us who are fortunate enough to even be able to self-isolate inside of our homes, there are still countless frustrations we are facing. As artists, we are certainly not immune to these struggles- having passions for inherently extroverted and community-based forms of work, creation, and self-expression while being stuck in our homes. It is frustrating to maintain the same level of …

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The Roller Coaster

The Roller Coaster

I get it, the whole “roller coaster” metaphor has been used everywhere from daily conversation to movies to every episode of “The Bachelor”. What is so fantastic about this visualization is that it really does apply to everyone, both in the span of an entire lifetime and within any extended experience. We have all buckled ourselves in on a plethora of rides…

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Playing to Your Unique Strengths

Playing to Your Unique Strengths

One of the most important things we can learn in life is what our unique strengths and talents are. Why? Well for one thing it allows us to figure out where we fit – and sometimes where we don’t fit – with regards to our careers, our relationships, and our families. Knowing what our strengths are also gives us the confidence to stand up and say …

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Voiceover Training – “Making Friends With Your Voice”

Voiceover Training – “Making Friends With Your Voice”

During our first Blumvox Studios Team Meeting (nearly two years ago!), when we were deciding how best to deliver Voiceover Training to the world, we collectively came together and said that we wanted to create a newsletter to support our students. We had no idea what it was going to look like or how it was going to unfold, but we did know that if we …

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