New Year, New Press Kit

The New Year’s Music Press Kit Special is still on!

 

Now through February 1, update your press kit with new photos and a one-sheet bio at a special discounted rate! I’m teaming up with professional photographer Richard Lurie of Kitsune Media NYC to offer musicians and other performing artists a press kit update bundle, which includes my short-form bio package plus your choice of a 2-hour portrait photo shoot or shots of a live performance at nearly 20 percent off our normal service rates.

 

Quantity is limited, so please email me today at julia@juliarogers.com for questions about rates, the process and to book your sessions!

 

Take a look at some of Richard’s work.

 

And, of course, you can check out the Julia Rogers website for bio samples and more!

Happy Monday (Tuesday?) Quotes #22: Beauty

The holidays put me a bit behind on my “Happy Monday” quotes, but I didn’t want to let another week slip away, so here are some for your Tuesday.

I had quite a few ideas for quote topics today, but I decided to go with “beauty.” I have been noticing a lot of beautiful moments in my life lately — sometimes small, sometimes huge, overwhelming and all-encompassing. But all of them add depth and richness to my existence, make me aware I am human and incredibly fortunate to have thoughts, eyes, blood, skin, nerve endings and emotions.

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” — Anne Frank

“There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.” — Edgar Allan Poe (from Ligeia)

“As if you were on fire from within./The moon lives in the lining of your skin.” — Pablo Neruda (from “Ode to a Naked Beauty”)

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” — Marcus Aurelius (from Meditations)

New Year’s Music Press Kit Special!

Celebrate the New Year with a special deal!

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Is your press kit ready to take on 2014? Why not update your image with an attention-grabbing bio and vivid, professional photos?

I’m excited to announce that from January 6 – February 1, I will be teaming up with photographer Richard Lurie of Kitsune Media NYC to offer a special discounted New Year’s press kit package to solo musicians, bands and other artists in the New York City metro area that want to put their best face forward in 2014. The bundle includes my short-form bio package, plus a two-hour solo portrait or band photo session with Richard at almost 20-percent off our normal rates!

Get in touch with me today at julia@juliarogers.com for package cost, additional photo samples and bio samples.

(Note:  This special applies to the short-form bio services I offer artists and bands through the Musician Coaching website and is also a great deal for actors, comedians and other performing artists!)

New Updates for the New Year

Happy New Year! I know I am personally hoping 2014 will be a year of new beginnings and increased happiness … selfishly, for me, but also, of course, for all of us! 2013 was a bit rough overall, but my life so often overflows with love and support, even in the midst of challenges. And I am so grateful for all the good people that continue to make everything worthwhile, personally and professionally. I would not continue to grow and learn without you. I also truly believe a wonderful upswing has begun and is in progress, so this first day of January is a very happy one for me, indeed.

 

I just wanted to take a quick moment to update everyone on some of the exciting projects I am working on in January. I do not believe in New Year’s resolutions, because I fully believe we should always be working to change ourselves and our circumstances for the better — not just once per year. But it is my goal in 2014 to have a regular monthly news post giving a little more insight into the upcoming professional work and personal projects that most excite me. Here goes the first one!

 

A couple weeks ago, I wrote an article for the Musician Coaching site about how musicians can craft effective elevator pitches to promote their music. If you missed it, check out “Writing an Elevator Pitch for your Music” for a few tips that might help you get started.

 

While this is certainly not my own news, I’m excited about the upcoming documentary about Roger Ebert’s wonderful Life Itself. He is one of my professional and personal heroes, and his memoir was definitely one of my favorite books of the past few years. It will be premiering at the end of this month, and they are currently raising funds to complete production through Indiegogo. Definitely check it out if you want to support a worthwhile artistic project that tells the story of a wonderful writer (and human being).

 

Early next week, I’ll be announcing a special discounted press kit-related bundled package for musicians, artists and performers in the New York City metro area that want to present their best selves to the world. I don’t want to give it all away yet, but I’ll be teaming up with another very talented creative professional to enhance my services significantly, and I’m totally thrilled to be able to provide a valuable resource that I’ve never before been able to offer. The promotion will run through February 1, so there will be plenty of time to take advantage. Stay tuned for all the official details on Monday!

 

Here’s to a magical, abundant and pleasantly-surprising 2014!

 

Happy Monday Quotes #21: Joy

I’m not a huge fan of getting extremely personal in a public forum, but my heart has been steadily breaking since last week, and I feel compelled to share a few thoughts about the devastating passing of my dear friend Mary. I met her at Carleton College, where we were swimming lane mates and frequent troublemakers. She was my friend for almost 20 years and one of the very few people I count among my collection of life kindred spirits. Her voice has been such a presence that she often speaks through many of my favorite characters I have written in fiction pieces, and her sudden passing has left me raw, grieving and full of questions.

Mary left an imprint and a legacy that will stick with me. There are countless elements of my own way of being present in the universe that were influenced by her and that she also actively helped shape and nurture through the gift of her friendship. The biggest one actually relates to my previous post about stripping away fear and “doing it anyway”:  She always gave me the courage to disregard negative, unsupportive people’s opinions and to experience the world without fear, which is probably one of the main reasons I continue to build a business based on my passions – even when it is a struggle – and why my life is colorful, surprising and full of exciting sparks. She regularly pulled me out of my comfort zone, even if just because whatever trouble we were getting into was going to make an unforgettable, hilarious story. And I was happy to wallow in that discomfort (especially since she was usually right there with me, encouraging me to proceed with gusto even when I felt stuck at my lowest point). It is Mary’s specific, unrivaled zest for adventure that helps me get back on the road when I lose my way and resolve daily to boldly take the risky curves.

I can’t wrap my words around the magnitude of the hole her absence has left. Frankly, I struggled to find the “Happy” in this week’s quotes until I began to relive specific memories and realize how much happiness and powerful light she brought into my life for the past two decades. So, in honor of my dear friend Mary and our many, many hours, days, weeks and years of shared laughter plus all the fierceness and compassion with which she lived her life, I wanted to share some quotes about joy.

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” — E.E. Cummings

“Music… will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“A joyful heart is the normal result of a heart burning with love. She gives most who gives with joy.” — Mother Teresa (from In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories and Prayers)

“Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.” — Emily Dickinson

“No matter what all your teeth and wet fingers anticipated, there was no accounting for the way that simple joy could shake you.” — Toni Morrison (from Beloved)

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss

Happy Monday Quotes #20: Beginnings

Because the beginnings of almost all new things can be delicious, messy, surprising, challenging (in the best way) and full of mistakes and enlightening moments from which to learn and continue to become someone stronger and better, here are some quotes. (I’m going to keep this intro sweetly short!)

 

“It makes me so happy. To be at the beginning again, knowing almost nothing…. A door like this has cracked open five or six times since we got up on our hind legs. It’s the best possible time of being alive, when almost everything you thought you knew is wrong.” — Tom Stoppard (from Arcadia)

 

“Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.” — Horace

 

“…you want the sweetness of our beginning without the bitterness of our struggle — what are you asking — do you want light without shadow? …” — John Geddes (from A Familiar Rain)

 

“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” — Meister Eckhart

Happy Monday Quotes #19: Food

I’m sure I’m not the only one whose life has revolved around food for the past week. During the Thanksgiving and other holidays time, it is inevitable to be surrounded by, share, make, indulge in and enjoy a lot of food. While my Thanksgiving dinner didn’t turn out quite as I’d hoped (a long-ish story involving an exploding pipe under the kitchen sink and getting a little too creative with a kugel recipe that I very well might tell when I have a bit more time to gather my thoughts), there has still been a non-stop fountain of decadent food flowing since mid last week, and I’m sure it will continue for at least a little while longer (even though I feel that I could never possibly eat again today).

 

So, it seems fitting that this week’s quotes should provide a little break from concepts and intangibles … and present a few delicious nuggets about food, glorious food.

 

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” — George Bernard Shaw (from Man and Superman)

 

“I am at the moment writing a lengthy indictment against our century. When my brain begins to reel from my literary labors, I make an occasional cheese dip.” — John Kennedy Toole (from A Confederacy of Dunces)

 

“We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.” — David Mamet (from Boston Marriage)

 

“She clipp’d a precious golden lock,/She dropp’d a tear more rare than pearl,/Then suck’d their fruit globes fair or red:/Sweeter than honey from the rock,/Stronger than man-rejoicing wine,/Clearer than water flow’d that juice;/She never tasted such before,/How should it cloy with length of use?/She suck’d and suck’d and suck’d the more/Fruits which that unknown orchard bore;/She suck’d until her lips were sore;/Then flung the emptied rinds away/But gather’d up one kernel stone,/And knew not was it night or day/As she turn’d home alone.” — Christina Rossetti (from the poem Goblin Market, my all-time favorite piece of writing of any type)

 

“Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.” — Mark Twain

 

*As a special bonus, here is a poorly-lit, poorly-rendered photo of the rather imperfect but still delicious cranberry/peach pie I made on Thanksgiving.

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Happy Monday Quotes #18: Gratitude

While life is always a work in progress (as are all of us flawed mortals who are never 100-percent satisfied), at the beginning of this Thanksgiving week, I feel quite grateful. First of all, I am grateful to get to (most of the time) do what I love for a living and to continue to experience the endless creative flow of ideas in my head, whether through words, music or both. And secondly, I am grateful for the extended family of friends that I have collected throughout my life, in New York City and beyond, which continues to grow and collectively support the often crazy life I have chosen and encourage me through the misguided risks I have taken that have turned into devastating crash-and-burn moments.  (See last week’s post on overcoming fear for more on that!) And my thankfulness overflows for all the change, love and totally out-of-the-blue surprises that continue to help me grow as a human, keep me feeling an extra special special spark and gift me beautiful moments I never expected amidst what is sometimes total, overwhelming chaos.

It seems beyond obvious that this week’s quotes should be about “gratitude.” Lest this post start to read like an Oscar acceptance speech, here they are.

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust 

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” — Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” — A.A. Milne (from Winnie-the-Pooh)

Happy Monday Quotes #17: (Overcoming) Fear

I have never been particularly risk aversive, and thus, I often make huge, flailing mistakes. I unfortunately discovered I was getting a little bit lazy about throwing caution to the wind recently, so I’ve just begun the process of shifting back to my more daring ways. I think even the best of us get a little fearful at times, whether it’s fear of taking a new professional direction, fear of making ourselves emotionally vulnerable … or fear of any other uncharted frontier that will be temporarily uncomfortable but, if we’re lucky, will completely change our lives and perspectives for the better.

So, here are some quotes about feeling the fear, living with gusto, being ourselves … and boldly “doing it anyway.”

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” — Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“I must say a word about fear. It is life’s only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unnerving ease. It begins in your mind, always … so you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don’t, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you.” — Yann Martel (from Life of Pi)

“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.” — Fred Rogers

Happy Monday Quotes #16: Anticipation

I was trying to choose between “timing” and “anticipation” for today’s quotes theme, but ultimately opted for anticipation (just to clarify, of the delicious variety), since that concept actually captures the happy spirit of “timing” that was in my mind.

If the past few years (and then some) have taught me anything, it’s that absolutely everything in life is possibly as much as about 90 percent about timing. If the time is just not right for something in your life, it simply won’t happen, no matter how much you wish it. Here’s to the wonderful feeling of anticipation that happens when something wonderful — either personal, professional … or some combination of both — starts to feel possible, and you’re on the thrilling brink of beginning a new, happy and prosperous time, finally ready and waiting to jump.

“‘Well,’ said Pooh, ‘what I like best,’ and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.” — A.A. Milne (from Winnie-the-Pooh)

“Whereas during those months of separation time had never gone quickly enough for their liking and they were wanting to speed its flight, now that they were in sight of the town they would have liked to slow it down and hold each moment in suspense, once the breaks went on and the train was entering the station. For the sensation, confused perhaps, but none the less poingant for that, of all those days and weeks and months of life lost to their love made them vaguely feel they were entitled to some compensation; this present hour of joy should run at half the speed of those long hours of waiting.” — Albert Camus (from The Plague)

“’When I think something nice is going to happen I seem to fly right up on the wings of anticipation; and then the first thing I realize I drop down to earth with a thud. But really, Marilla, the flying part is glorious as long as it lasts…it’s like soaring through a sunset. I think it almost pays for the thud.’” — L.M. Montgomery (from Anne of Avonlea)

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