Self-Blame: Abuse, Misogyny and Shame

One issue I did not explore in detail at the time is the tendency for people to blame themselves when they are under the kind of duress that’s caused by feeling trapped in an untenable or threatening situation.

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The Power of Relationship: Sanford Meisner and Psychotherapy

Psychotherapist and performer Bill Harrison’s column on life as an artist.

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Failing Well: What To Do When You DON’T Get The Job

There’s plenty of advice out there on how to succeed at auditions, from Michael Shurtleff’s classic Audition to our own Jane Brody’s recently published Actor’s Business Plan and a thousand articles and blog posts in between. I want to talk about how to succeed at not getting cast.

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Why Do I Act Like That?

Being home for the holidays is an excellent opportunity for you to examine how your family’s dynamics have shaped your personality. If you’re an actor, you can use the experiences to grow your awareness of human nature and, of course, apply it to your creative work.

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Getting Out of Our Own Way: Embracing Vulnerability

One of the most memorable things I learned in my days as an acting student came from my favorite teacher, Eileen Vorbach: “All the things you think are fucked up about yourself? That’s your gift.” What I think she meant was that the ways in which each of us feels like we’re an outsider or that we’re broken or that we’re just plain weird are the same traits that both fuel our creativity and make us interesting to watch onstage.

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Integrating the Unthinkable: How to Respond to Election 2016
INNER MISSION: Integrating the Unthinkable: How to Respond to Election 2016 Psychotherapist and performer Bill Harrison’s column on life as an artist. “No one should forget the bigotry and racism of his campaign, the naked appeals to white grievance, the stigmatizing of Mexicans and Muslims. No one should forget... Read more
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