acting, film

Debra Recommends Screen Actors Guild

Screen Actors Guild is the most distinguished performer’s union in the world. Their members are experienced professionals who require certain standards of working conditions, compensation and benefits. Membership is often a major milestone in an actor’s career; every SAG card issued symbolizes success and solidarity with a community of 120,000 talented and accomplished artists worldwide.

business, administrative

Debra Recommends All You Need To Know About the Music Business

An entertainment lawyer whose clients include many from the top of the music charts, Passman has written a book that sets out to give musicians, performers, and songwriters the tools to hire advisers, market their careers, protect their creative works, and generally cope with a complex industry in a state of flux.

writers, union

Debra Recommends Writers Guild of America

The Writers Guild of America is a labor union wga-logo-east composed of the thousands of writers who write the television shows, movies, news programs, documentaries, animation, CD-ROMs, and content for new-media technologies that keep audiences constantly entertained and informed.

business, administrative

Debra Recommends The ABC’s of Building a Business Team That Wins

Great champions in sports, business and even families have one thing in common. It’s a legitimate secret weapon. It is something that lies deep in the genetic code of winning organizations. It appears when pressure is high, when the stakes are critical and when everything is on the line. They know how to work as a team.

directors, union

Debra Recommends Directors Guild of America

Today, through the collective voice of more than 14,000 members that the DGA represents, the Guild seeks to protect directorial teams’ legal and artistic rights, contend for their creative freedom, and strengthen their ability to develop meaningful and credible careers.

writers, union

Debra Recommends National Writers Union

The National Writers Union is the trade union for freelance and contract writers: journalists, book authors, business and technical writers, web content providers, and poets

poets, writers

Debra Recommends Poets & Writers

Poets & Writers, Inc. is the primary source of information, support, and guidance for creative writers. Founded in 1970, it is the nation’s largest nonprofit literary organization serving poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Their national office is located in New York City and California branch office is based in Los Angeles.

sales, Internet

Debra Recommends 1ShoppingCart

But if you’re like me and you want something that requires very little programming to customize the look and feel. And a system that offers all the bells and whistles you want and need from your shopping cart – this is a great solution!

audio, Internet

Debra Recommends Audio Acrobat – Easy Audio!

Create Audio for your website, record teleclasses, testimonials, podcasts – quickly, easily, and inexpensively. No equipment to buy. No special skills necessary. I’ve built my entire membership site based on this tool!

CRM, contacts

Debra Recommends CardScan

I have been using a CardScan scanner for 5 years, and it’s saved me literally hundreds of hours. I gather business cards where ever I go. And these cards used to sit in piles on my desk. Now, in a jif, I scan them into a database, add them to my newsletter list – and they become part of my network, instead of part of the chaos on my desk.

email, marketing

Debra Recommends Constant Contact – Email Marketing

Constant Contact’s leading email marketing and online survey tools—supported by its expert personal coaching and support—help all types of small businesses and organizations create professional-looking email newsletters and insightful online surveys and begin a dialogue with their customers.

Artists MBA, Professional Program

Attitude of Gratitude Or How to Handle Rejection and the Other Hard Stuff!

Hard stuff happens – rejection, loss, having to learn new stuff, overwhelm – you know, hard stuff. We know from the Law of Attraction that what you focus on expands and what you expect you get. So how do you put the hard stuff into a context that creates and expands the good stuff?

Attitude of Gratitude or How to Handle the Hard Stuff

Everywhere you look, there’s bad news. Bad news in the world, bad news on the job front, bad news. And to make it worse it’s cold out, and gets dark early. Could actually get a girl down.

What do YOU stand for?

I was having dinner with a client and two new friends the other night.  And we were talking about values and Ben Franklin’s Virtues. Senia, a positive psychology coach, chimed in that she had used her name to create an anagram for her values.  And then we were off!  So we all came up with […]

Artists MBA, Professional Program

Create and Maintain Your Team

Are you sick of doing it all alone, but the idea of delegating to someone else overwhelms or confuses you? Do you have people working for/with you – agents, managers, assistants, web designers, etc. – but you’re unsure how to work with them? Or even worse, you feel like you’re working for them, not the other way around? Creating and managing teams takes a particular skill set.

income, products, sales

Multiple Streams Step 4: Develop Your Product Funnel

Most people create products haphazardly – this step was about how to use your Vision of your business and career to create products that lead your customers deeper into relationship with you and create lifelong fans.

The Economy and Your Business

There’s a saying floating around out there among the financial and personal growth Gurus – “I refuse to participate in the recession.” I intend to help you come up with an even better, more empowering mantra to keep you focused and clear in this time of challenge, uncertainty and fear.

Website Maximizer: Is your website selling you?

Jeri Goldstein helps you to focus on your unique audiences, and create a unique experience for each of your audiences by making small and sometimes huge changes in your web presence set up. In addition to your main web site, we touch on your blogs and your social marketing sites. This class is applicable to any area of the Arts and Entertainment industry as we create a focus on your own unique audience or multiple audiences.

How to Do What you Fear

How do you take the day-to-day actions that feal scary or hard? Here are a few tips to make it easier.

Business Management for the Creative Mind

How many times have you thought to yourself, “I’m creative! I’m just no good at business!” In this dynamic, interactive workshop, I’ll dispel this myth and help you identify and apply your unique talents to create a successful business without sacrificing your creativity or your integrity. Whether you’re freelance, self-employed or working around a day job, acknowledging that you are a small business owner is key to creating sustainable success.