In this episode of the Make Creativity Pay podcast, I talk to actor, director, writer, and teacher Josh Pais about moving past fears and anxiety to get your best work out into the world. [ I did this interview a while back, but it’s one of my favorites and I hope you’ll agree!]
For years, Josh has been helping actors, performers, speakers, entrepreneurs, and creatives of all kinds to get past self-sabotaging and unproductive thoughts – and to start to see real results from their efforts.
Josh has been working regularly in acting for nearly 30 years. He is best known for his roles in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, A Beautiful Mind, and The Station Agent.
He is also the founder of the Committed Impulse training program. CI was initially developed as a cutting edge approach solely for actors who want a way of working that generates steady employment. But it soon grew into a “secret weapon” for leading entrepreneurs, speakers, and other creative professionals around the world.
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In this episode you’ll learn:
- 4 simple steps you can take to get your work into the world quickly despite fear, insecurity, nervousness, and anxiety.
- How to become creatively invincible (seriously!)
- How to radically increase your results when pitching a new idea, selling your work, coaching others, asking for a raise, or performing under pressure.
- What to do when your brain tells you, “I suck!”
[3:04] A different way of addressing the self-doubting thoughts and second guessing we do.
[5:21] How thinking about atoms – the building blocks of the universe – can make a difference when you put your ass on the line.
[7:15] How – and why – to stop dramatizing your emotions.
[9:13] What emotions really are (and it’s not what you think.)
[11:21] What to do when the thoughts in your head tell you “I suck!”
[12:28] The sneaky trick your mind plays on you that sabotages your efforts.
[13:59] Your weapon for pulling yourself out of a mental spiral.
[15:15] How Committed Impulse helps people get more work in the real world.
[15:54] How to stay present — and why it matters to your creativity.
[20:16] Why spending time trying to have better thoughts is a waste of time.
[22:05] Leanne’s real-life success with being present while performing.
[26:03] The four simple points to being present.
Links and Resources
- Josh’s online training program – Committed Impulse
- The Story of the Making of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”
- About Josh
Music Featured on the Podcast
“Dreaming of One Day” (c) 2011, written and performed by Leanne Regalla
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