Category: Interviews – audio

Jenna Forrest on Empowering Sensitivity

Jenna Forrest on Empowering Sensitivity

Jenna Forrest writes on her site: “Sensitive souls are here to demonstrate how to engage every opportunity life gives us to learn about transparency, humility, patience, diplomacy and tolerance of differences. Demonstrating mastery inside life’s tests and everyday experiences is the only true way that you and I can make old non-loving ways of interaction […]

Interview with Douglas Eby by Linda Dessau

Interview with Douglas Eby by Linda Dessau

Linda Dessau interviews me, Douglas Eby, about some topics in her [now discontinued] ebook “Ten Ways to Thrive as a Creative Artist” – ~ ~ Resources Recommended by Douglas Eby: Talent Development Resources pages: awareness/thinking articles: awareness / thinking impostor syndrome 10 Steps to Overcome the Impostor Syndrome, by Dr. Valerie Young The Inner Critic, […]

Susan K. Perry on writing and flow

Susan K. Perry on writing and flow

Susan K. Perry, Ph.D., is author of the books “Loving In Flow,” the Los Angeles Times Bestseller “Writing In Flow,” and four other nonfiction books, at least 700 articles and essays, and a novel. She is also a social psychologist with expertise in relationships, and is a writing consultant and online instructor. In our interview, […]

Linda Dessau on coaching creativity

Linda Dessau on coaching creativity

Linda Dessau, MTA, CPCC is a founder of Genuine Coaching Services; a music therapist accredited by the Canadian Association for Music Therapy, and a Certified Professional Co-active Coach. In this interview, Linda talks about her work as a therapist using singing and other forms of music, and how she helps people develop through creativity coaching. […]

Summer Bishil on acting

Summer Bishil on acting

In the film “Towelhead,” Summer Bishil plays 13-year-old Jasira, a Lebanese-American girl navigating through her adolescence, including challenges with identity, sexual awakening and self-esteem. In our interview, Summer, who made the film at age 18, and at the time of our interview was 20, talks about a number of her perspectives on her work. “Acting […]

Jenna Avery on helping sensitive souls thrive

Jenna Avery on helping sensitive souls thrive

Jenna Avery has identified herself as “The Life Coach for Sensitive Souls” – helping individuals recognize and more fully express their gifts as highly sensitive people. In our interview, she talks about some of the challenges we may face in taking care of ourselves and living our purpose, such as being overly self-critical or not […]

Susan Kirkland: Designer and Creative Services Entrepreneur

Susan Kirkland: Designer and Creative Services Entrepreneur

Susan Kirkland is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design and author of a book on developing a business as a creative services entrepreneur. She is a seasoned professional designer with experience in both ad agencies and corporate in-house departments. In the interview, she talks about a number of topics and experiences […]

Cynthia Bain on teaching young actors

Cynthia Bain on teaching young actors

Cynthia Bain has been training young actors for 10 years and has established herself as one the premier coaches and performance consultants. Her students include some of the top young performers in film and television. In our interview, she addresses a number of questions, including : How important is it for your students to have […]

Creative People and Mental Health

Creative People and Mental Health

Actor William H. Macy once commented, “Nobody became an actor because he had a good childhood.” Psychologist Cheryl Arutt agrees that is both a funny and a provocative remark. She thinks that actors and other artists who are willing, in their creative work, to delve into the really “messy” feelings of being human (shame, devastations, […]

Jim Hallowes on Highly Sensitive People

Jim Hallowes on Highly Sensitive People

Jim Hallowes is founder of the Highly Sensitive People website, and has been studying and presenting information on HSPs [highly sensitive people] for more than ten years. He has a wide range of informed perspectives on this trait and how it relates to gifted and creative people, and his site includes a number of resources. […]

Jacquelyn Strickland - Counseling Highly Sensitive People

Jacquelyn Strickland – Counseling Highly Sensitive People

Jacquelyn Strickland is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Coach and workshop leader based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Her approach specializes in blending therapeutic principles and coaching strategies with a spiritual foundation. “The idea of acting versus reacting is so important for highly sensitive people, because we do take in so much from our environment. I like […]

Ted Zeff on Benefits of Being Highly Sensitive

Ted Zeff on Benefits of Being Highly Sensitive

Ted Zeff, PhD teaches workshops on coping techniques for highly sensitive people and has taught stress reduction and insomnia management at various hospitals and medical groups. He has a private practice counseling HSPs in-person and by phone, and is author of papers and books on helping sensitive people thrive. His site: www.drtedzeff.com Here is our […]

James C. Kaufman on creativity research

James C. Kaufman on creativity research

James C. Kaufman, PhD, is an Associate Professor at California State University, San Bernardino, and a creativity researcher. His books include : The Psychology of Creative Writing Creativity 101. Topics in our interview include the use of mood-altering substances by writers and other artists; the genius myth stereotype; how the idea of a creative muse […]

Shelley Carson on enhancing our creative brain

Shelley Carson on enhancing our creative brain

Shelley Carson earned her Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University, where she continues to teach and conduct research on creativity, psychopathology, and resilience. Topics in our interview related to the creative mind and developing creativity include some of Dr. Carson’s seven brain activation patterns she discusses in her book; the relation of creativity with ADHD; […]

Stephen A. Diamond on Anger and Creativity

Stephen A. Diamond on Anger and Creativity

Dr. Stephen A. Diamond is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist in private practice, and a member of the Approved Panel of Psychiatrists and Psychologists for the criminal division of the Los Angeles County Superior Court. A former pupil and protege of Dr. Rollo May, Dr. Diamond sees many creative individuals, including members of the […]

Judith Orloff, MD on Emotional Freedom

Judith Orloff, MD on Emotional Freedom

Energy psychiatrist Judith Orloff, MD is an assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry at UCLA and author of the book Emotional Freedom. She synthesizes traditional medicine with intuition, subtle energy, and spirituality, and provides in her book strategies to transform strong negative emotions to help achieve inner peace and better access to our creativity. Click to […]

Jenna Avery interviews Douglas Eby on Creative Visionaries

Jenna Avery interviews Douglas Eby on Creative Visionaries

Jenna Avery writes: “I connected with Douglas’s work originally through my interest in highly sensitive people and his site HighlySensitive.org. “Eby describes creative visionaries as people who have a drive, passion, persistence, or consuming commitment to realize their creative ideas. “As visionaries, they have a sense of their work being so important, meaningful, and emotionally […]

Dee Wallace on Conscious Creation

Dee Wallace on Conscious Creation

Dee Wallace has achieved over 100 credits as an actor in film, television and the stage, in a career of more than 30 years so far. She is also an acting teacher, public speaker, workshop leader, spiritual healer, and author of “Conscious Creation: Directing Energy to Get the Life You Want,” a book on self-healing […]

Melora Hardin on acting, directing, singing

Melora Hardin on acting, directing, singing

Melora Hardin has wide-ranging passions as an artist, including acting, directing, dancing, writing and singing. She played “Jan” on the tv series “The Office” and has roles in a number of film and tv projects. At 13, she won a scholarship to study with the Joffrey Ballet Company in New York. She sang as Fantine […]

Psychologist Cheryl Arutt on Creative Artist Issues

Psychologist Cheryl Arutt on Creative Artist Issues

“Do I have to be in pain to write? I thought so, as most of my contemporaries did…” Musician Sting Cheryl Arutt, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in Los Angeles, specializing in creative artist issues, trauma recovery, and fertility. She is a forensic and media consultant, and a frequent psychological expert on CNN, HLN, […]