"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be." - Kurt Vonnegut
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"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be."
Welcome to October's "Mysteries of the Mind" monthly newsletter!
"Be so good they can't ignore you."
Some of the best advice I've ever been given by an acting coach:
“Be careful when you choose the character you are going to play. Make sure to choose someone you like, because you are going to be him a lot.”
This newsletter is going to be about making choices concerning who and what you want to be.
We will talk about Halloween costumes gone wrong, the key to booking gigs and the tools you'll need when you get there, and a little bit about my becoming the presenter I am today!
If you are looking to move up in an organization or be hired by a buyer, remember that:
And once I am hired and have the opportunity to be in front of a group to present or lead, it is vital that I have the greatest possible chances for success.
As some of you know, I am passionate about and Inclusion Center for Community and Justice (ICCJ) and serve as a member of the center's board of directors. We recently held our annual Humanitarian Social to raise money for education and leadership opportunities to support our diverse community. This led me to consider some of the troubling costumes that I often see - and even some that I wore in my youth before I learned and grew enough to think better of it. NPR's Code Switch offers a great, helpful response to the concerns of the mother of a young girl who wants to dress up as a Voodoo doll for Halloween. It also links to some powerful articles about other questionable costumes and inappropriately themed parties:
On Halloween, Insensitivity Goes Beyond Kimonos And Black Face
Please feel free to email me any time, and let’s set up a Skype call if you want to talk person-to-person about what we can do in our own lives to create more opportunities for ourselves and others to grow.
When it is time for your group to gather and celebrate, remember that I am available for corporate banquets, trade shows, morning energizer meetings, and events. I'm never too busy for your referrals.
Read more about Paul:
"Whenever I'm caught between two evils, I take the one I never tried."
"Beginnings are usually scary, and endings are usually sad, but its everything in between that makes it all worth living."
Private Corporate Event
Hillcrest Country Club
Salt Lake Magic Jam
Tennessee Theatre Association Festival
Utah Theater Festival
Private Corporate Event
Walker Lecture Series
Westminster College Passover
Soapy Smith Night
To find out more about my corporate lectures and workshops download this .pdf
The University of Utah hired me for 14 shows this year as part of their student orientation.
This video was shot at my final performance of the season.
University Demo: Watch Here
Salt Lake Comic Con had me interview more celebrities last month! Soon, I will be adding the wonderful Jewel Staite from Firefly to my demo (you can find the full interview online) but until then, enjoy some highlights from a few of my favorite celebrity interviews:
Sounds of Halloween
A Halloween radio ad, Halloween music to play, and music for magicians to avoid!
30-sec. radio ad for Fear Factory SLC! Recorded and mixed by David Evanoff.
My Halloween Music Playlist:
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