My Inciting Incident

This past Friday was my 5 year anniversary of moving to Los Angeles (LA). My move was prompted by my desire to further my career in the entertainment industry. In college, once I decided to actually pursue this career (versus dream about it), I knew LA would be in my future. The year before I…

Mindful Monday #75 – Resonate

Happy Monday! I have been studying improv for almost three years. While I have noticed and written about my growth in my daily life as a result of improv, I have failed to see my growth inside the class room. In the beginning, I often had to remind myself that I am a novice in…

Re-Calibrate

“The universe is naturally in balance, it wants the living to be in balance too…”

Mindful Monday #73 – New Growth

The happiest of Monday’s to you my friends. This weekend was amazing and filled with so much good that I am glowing. I went to a fundraiser event for an arts therapy non-profit, attended a pot luck dinner, I got my chores done, and on top of that there was spontaneity and a lot of…

Wisdom Wednesday #39 – Move Along

Happy Wednesday! If you look back to my posts these past few weeks you’ll see a pattern of posts about struggle and challenge. The fact is, I’ve been within the struggle for sometime, but recently it’s became unbearable. Life really pushed me these past two weeks. I thought I made the right choice from the…

Double Down

It is hard to live in the unknown, but everything in life is unknown. Life is created moment by moment and some moments we can and cannot predict. I’m currently living in a moment that I predicted a few weeks ago, but never imagined a few months ago. My current situation in life will work…

White Blank Page

I’ve been feeling antsy lately like there is something more I could be doing, but I don’t know what that is? I haven’t figured out what prompted this feeling and where it is guiding me. January was All Things New: new job, new apartment, new friends, new community involvement and a new leadership role. February…

Wisdom Wednesday #31 – Overlooked Beauty

Happy Wednesday.  This weeks Wisdom Wednesday I saw a few years ago on Facebook.  The message from the interview always struck a chord with me as a student of acting and improv. When you step into the shoes of a character and get to know that character you are never the same. To become a…

It’s All About the Breath

Stop.  Notice anything?  No.  Check again.  Still nothing?  I’ll give you a hint, check within yourself.  Are you breathing?  Don’t throw the argument on the table that of course you are breathing, because you are alive.  Are you really breathing, mindfully breathing? I started a new improv class this past weekend which focuses on character…

Mindful Monday #56 – Make YOU Happy

It’s still Monday!  The day is not done. March officially kicks off my “back to basics” goal to get back into the habit of my Mind, Body and Soul goals i.e. meditating daily (soul), bring back yoga (body/ health) and digging deeper with Improv (Mind). While I set these goals in the past and achieved…

Wisdom Wednesday #29 – The Artist is Present

This past fall I watched a documentary called “The Artist is Present” which follows the performance artist Marina Abramovic as she prepares for the largest art exhibit of her career at MOMA.  A clip from the video went viral on the internet twice this year and last year, before I got a chance to see…

A Note to the Readers

December 6th marks the 1 year anniversary of “The Illuminated Voice.”  For those of you who have subscribed, read weekly or are reading for the first time, thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.  This blog was created for one goal, to write weekly.  I felt I lost my creativity somewhere in college and in 2013…

Giving Tuesday – Awaken Your Heart

There is Black Friday, Cyber Monday and I recently learned that today is Giving Tuesday.  Of the three days mentioned today is my favorite day because is focuses energy not on consumerism which, no matter how hard you try, can never fuel or feed your soul like generosity.  In generosity there is a feeling of…

Improv and The Art of Presence

I’ve studied improv for almost two years and I absolutely love it.  Improv allows you to be a kid again and invites your imagination to run wild.  It takes you to new places, characters and stories based on an audience suggestion.  From the audience perspective, improv appears to be as simple as the conversation between…

The Performance of Your Life

“You’re an actor Stephanie,” my stand-up comedy class partner asserted. I looked at him with confusion because he barely knows me to assert such a claim.  He continued, “My acting instructor said that everyone is an actor, because we are always playing a role.” I have heard this statement on a few occasions, but I…