The experience changed me forever.

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He was cute though not quite handsome. Polite but not exactly well-polished. Smart but not necessarily intelligent. He had a friendly but determined demeanor; his glasses flowed nicely with his smile, balancing his “nerd” appearance and youthful looks.

Roderick — a translation of his actual name, close enough to ensure his privacy while allowing me the morphological analysis — was not mighty but dreamed of being. He did not rule, although he tried to be a leader. He was not admired but connected well with people who inspired him. I seemed to be one of those: a muse.

His insecurity…

Was it a miracle or science?

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I was hesitant to take the job in the first place. Something about it seemed off. Nonetheless, the offer was too good to refuse: healthcare, 401-k, a slightly higher hourly wage than my previous job. Somehow, though, I had a feeling that this was not the best decision for me as much as it looked good on paper. Rather than trusting my intuition, I did what I thought was common-sense: I accepted the offer, not even allowing myself the three-month break I wanted to take care of myself — lose some weight, get in shape, work on personal projects. …

It will change everything.

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The next time you travel, you will not need a passport. You will not even need a photo ID. As a matter of fact, you will not need any baggage — you will leave it behind. The next place you will go is within yourself. Everything you need, you will find it there.

You will embark on that trip from the place you live in. Sitting on a chair, appreciating the sunset, or cooking in the kitchen. Or maybe, you will be taking a walk outside, away from your smartphone, not wearing earbuds. You will listen to a natural sound…

Scarred, uncertain, and fearful.

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Emotionally scarred by a year locked down, uncertain about the future of my marriage (and my own), and still fearful of this virus - the ever-present threat that can potentially kill or worsen one’s health in ways not yet completely understood. I am, dear reader, hanging by a thread.

My thread is holding my young children’s sanity together, albeit imperfectly — they are both showing OCD symptoms, one of them is seeing a therapist. Pre-pandemic, they were an only joy. Or, perhaps, the simplicity of life disguised their issues. …

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Performance (and casting) in the post-covid era.

When Stanislavsky decided to develop his famous acting method, he was motivated to experiment with a new way of performing. His goal was for actors to focus on naturalism while leaving the physical and vocal training as foundational layers for emotion.
In the Post-Covid era, actors will work their craft after our initial adaptation to the new normal. We will perform virtually more than in person. We will be more physically distant, even when on a stage with the audience present. Like Stanislavsky did, we are reinventing performance.

Casting via self-taped auditions.

Casting, too, is changing. Casting Directors will refine their observation skills and…

Aaron Sorkin, Shonda Rhimes, Tennessee Williams, Lauren Gunderson

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#StanislavskySaturday on YouTube

The Stanislavsky Acting Method defines motivation by a character’s psychological and physical goals: where are they going, and where are they coming from?
Sometimes an actor feels “stuck” when performing a scene. When that happens, we need to remember what the character wants.

Tennesse Williams, Aaron Sorkin, Shonda Rhimes, Lauren Gunderson: how writers explore motivation.

Writer Aaron Sorkin, in his masterclass, shares that he uses this approach to his writing when he feels stuck writing dialogue. He asks himself what the character wants and what is on their way. Remember: not everything your character says is what they are thinking. The spoken line is just the surface. Tennesse Williams, for example, explored…

Make time for your personal goals, and see them come to life.

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I love planning. I like doing what I planned even better. There is great pleasure in crossing something off a to-do list. Another thing I love is creating boards. Sometimes they are Pinterest-like vision boards. At other times, they are simple checklists with minimal images for inspiration — like the ones you can create with Trello. Planning is fun. At least when we start. Filled with inspiration, we set goals, create lists, but somehow we fail to cross off all items. Therefore, we do not see results from our planning as often as we desire. But why?

In the TEDx…

The science behind America’s obsession with coffee.

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I called the Nurse Line from work with symptoms: chest pain, trouble breathing, dizziness. My vision was starting to blur. My speech was also unclear. Whatever that was, it happened fast. One minute, I am trying my co-worker’s espresso. The next, everything around me is spinning, and I feel like I will be sick.

After an assessment, she calmly told me to call an ambulance. I called my husband, instead. I remember my exact words: “This is not a joke, and I am not exaggerating. I think I am going to die. I love you. Can you come immediately and…

How the way to get people watching your videos changed

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Algorithm illustration created by the author. Images: Canva, Anete Lusina and Antonio Batinic.

YouTube is finally raising the bar for quality content. Aware of the platform’s power for self-learning, it will start recommending videos you will be happy to watch based on the algorithm.

What is the algorithm?

“The algorithm” is a formula that factors in your search history and preferences to optimize YouTube’s suggested content for you. When you open YouTube on your laptop, an avalanche of suggestions is pre-loaded for you. If this is your first time using the platform, the recommendations will be randomized based on the videos’ popularity.

That is until you start clicking on them and watching them. That’s how YouTube tracks…

And how to nail it this time

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It’s the time of the year when many men get overwhelmed by gift shopping for the special women in their lives. Retail salespersons have pre-selected options for the undecided, who will certainly walk in and be grateful to receive any help. I worked in retail — we want them in and out quickly, so we sell them what seems like a no-brainer, useful gift that gives them peace of mind.

In reality, those presents are lame. We would not want our boyfriends to buy them for us (except when I worked at Tiffany - I would have taken any of…

Luciana Lambert

Actress, writer, public speaker, ex-lawyer, vegan, witch. The only thing that matters about my childhood is that I survived.

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