Blog 2016-11-29T08:30:44+00:00

Hawkeye Pierce (Hero #1)

February 14th, 2018|0 Comments

My heroes are people who shine, act and broadcast clear ideals that have shaped my personality and mission in life. Heroes don’t always save babies in burning buildings. Sometimes they simply show us courageous ways [...]

The ‘Rents Were Not Pleased— But Now My Mom is My Biggest Fan

February 8th, 2018|0 Comments

“Stop playing guitar! Do your homework!” My mom obviously didn’t understand. At fifteen years old I just wanted to rock. Not science, not math, not history. Rock. I, of course, kept playing. My fingers almost [...]

What Anna Said— “Know Your Power”

February 1st, 2018|0 Comments

When I first moved to Seattle in 1994 a series of very unlikely events landed me in the highrise office towers of 107.7 THE END, the radio station that broke grunge music to the world. [...]

Remixing Your Value

January 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Bernard Resnick is my entertainment lawyer and friend. Affectionately nicknamed Bernie the Attorney, he’s held my hand through about a million sketchy music deals, licenses and various other business transactions over the past decade and [...]

Giving Gifts from Within

December 5th, 2017|0 Comments

As you may have noticed, there’s a ton of hoopla around the holiday season. I’m all for hoopla, but I’ve never been a big fan of the cultural and corporate mandate to spend, spend, spend [...]

Quick Tips to Kick Ass (the NFA Way) Part 2

December 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Making it happen in the creative world can be tough. Forces appear to conspire against us. F* that. The biggest forces conspiring against us are generally within. And we all hold power there. I’ve got [...]

Quick Tips to Kick Ass (the NFA Way) Part 1

November 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Making it happen in the creative world can be tough. Forces appear to conspire against us. F* that. The biggest forces conspiring against us are generally within. And we all hold power there. I’ve got [...]

How to Blast Past the Bull and Get Sh*t Done (Part 2)

November 16th, 2017|2 Comments

In Part 1 of this blog post we learned all about my dad’s famous wisdom of lists and piles. And how I went from hanging out half the day at a greasy spoon to getting [...]

Overcoming Mistakes and Rejection

October 31st, 2017|0 Comments

                      Film Courage: …And I’m wondering what your take is on rejection because it doesn’t feel so great. Jeff Leisawitz:  I…don’t want rejection but embrace [...]

What Got Me Out of a Creative Funk

October 31st, 2017|0 Comments

                      Film Courage:  At what moment did you say “I’m really going to do this!”  Because we all love to think of these awesome ideas [...]

What Drives a Screenplay?

October 31st, 2017|0 Comments

                      Film Courage:  Jeff, regarding screenwriting, can you talk about the Power of Intention and how a writer needs to check their own intention, either [...]

What is the SuperVillain of the Creative Self?

October 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Some theories of psychology believe that we’re made of psychological parts. Lover, brother, leader, activist, humanitarian, whatever. But there’s a dark side. For every saint there’s a sinner. For every virgin there’s a whore. If [...]

Fail Fast. Kick Ass Faster!

October 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Failure is a scary word. Terrifying. Frightening. Paralyzing. But literally every successful musician, artist, songwriter and producer who’s kicking ass will tell you this—the faster you fail, the faster you succeed. In fact, when you [...]

Fail Fast— The Re-Write, Re-Pitch, Re-Dream

October 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Fail fast. I dare you. Fail at writing a decent screenplay. Fail to distill it into a killer logline. Fail to communicate your big idea with that hot shot movie producer.  How do you feel [...]

Tap Into Your Core Wounds to Bring Your Characters to Life

October 31st, 2017|0 Comments

What hurts you deeply? What’s the scariest, most f*ed up, most traumatic moment of your life? What patterns of dysfunction, failure, or unending pain have been haunting you all your days? Tap into this darkness. [...]

Not F*ing Around— The Screenwriter’s Edition

October 31st, 2017|0 Comments

      Writing screenplays is hard work. I know. I’ve written a bunch. Not only do you have to know story structure, dialogue, formatting, tone, pace, and about a hundred other things, you actually [...]

Three Steps to Rocket Your Creative Dreams into the Stratosphere

October 31st, 2017|0 Comments

I was definitely the weird kid. The boy who played with invisible friends out there on the playground during recess. I had what you might call “a rich inner life.” I guess that’s expected when [...]

How to Blast Past the Bull and Get Sh*t Done (Part 1)

October 31st, 2017|2 Comments

Do you experience various flavors and shades of bullsh*t on a daily basis? If I were a betting man, I’d lay down a benjamin or two right about now. The nonsense of the world, however [...]

PODCAST— The Art of Creativity

October 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Listen to my podcast one The Daily Beat— The Art of Creativity HERE.

PODCAST— Story Beat

October 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Listen to my Story Beat podcast interview with Steve Cuden HERE.

PODCAST— The Writers Toolbelt

October 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Listen to my podcast interview on The Creative Writer's Tool Belt HERE.  

Secret Weapons of the Creative World

October 24th, 2017|0 Comments

Being a kid at summer camp in the late 70’s was cool for a whole bunch of reasons. For me, the biggest one was turning onto the amazing rock music that was blasting out of [...]

Why Writers Write

October 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

By B. O'Malley This weekend, I was able to interview author, screenwriter, filmmaker, and musician Jeff Leisawitz, who helps filmmakers, screenwriters, and other creative people find their creative voice and inspiration, and get on track [...]

Two Roads Diverged In A Wood… And We’re Afraid To Take The One Less Travelled

August 25th, 2017|0 Comments

At the end of our days, it just won’t matter what those who don’t matter think of us. Yet, even though each of us knows this, we convince ourselves that their ideas, opinions, and plans [...]

Pushing Past the Eclipse

August 23rd, 2017|2 Comments

Humans around the world, for zillions of years, have been freaking out every time the sun goes dark in the middle of the day. I would too, if I didn’t know the science. I might [...]

Lunch with my Guru Dentist, Part 1

August 16th, 2017|2 Comments

My dentist was my guru. As a kid, my brothers and I always went to the same dentist. Dr. Serwin was kind of a strange guy. Big beard. Big laugh. Smelled kind of funny. But [...]

The Biggest Lie of the Creative Life

August 7th, 2017|3 Comments

The biggest lie of the creative life is that you have to be inspired to make something great. This is total bullsh*t. Complete horse sh*t. Absolute dog sh*t. Every successful artist, musician and writer knows [...]

The Pleasures of Being Human

July 27th, 2017|6 Comments

The other day I was cruising down the I5 freeway going from Seattle to Olympia to visit Jetta, an old college friend. It was a day off. I was free from the job, the hassle [...]

Caffeinated Wisdom— Mystic Coffee

June 12th, 2017|1 Comment

As a life coach and independent filmmaker I was inspired to make a short film called MYSTIC COFFEE. MYSTIC COFFEE is about a wise and magical barista who offers advice along with her beverages. As [...]

A Rock n Roll Take with a Voice of Reason

May 31st, 2017|0 Comments

By Stacie Rose  Dear world…I have recorded five songs for my upcoming album. I am going for a more live feel here. Less over-dubs. Less fuss. More focus on the songs, the mood, and creating [...]

NFA SuperStar: Marcus Lopés— Chef/ Baker

May 30th, 2017|0 Comments

by Marcus Lopés The creative thing I do just for the pure joy of it is to cook and bake. It's always great to play without feeling the pressure that the world will judge it. So [...]

Do you even know how cool you are?

May 14th, 2017|4 Comments

Do you even know how cool you are? Do you? Seriously. I don’t know you, but I do know one thing— I know that every single human who has ever walked on this planet has value. [...]

The Pure Joy

May 14th, 2017|1 Comment

I’m a goal oriented guy. I like to do things for some kind of reason. To be productive. To move forward in a project. When I’m not resting or hanging out with the people I [...]

How to Rock Like U2

April 21st, 2017|2 Comments

U2 has been one of my favorite bands for very long time. Back in Jr. High when I was learning guitar I played Sunday Bloody Sunday over and over and over again until I channeled [...]

The Beautiful Truth About Your Dying Day

April 7th, 2017|0 Comments

                        Every day, every hour, the clock ticks. And whether we like it or not, every breath takes us closer to our deaths. Harsh, [...]

Bangin’ the Drums of My Dreams

March 30th, 2017|1 Comment

I’ve always wanted to play drums ever since I can remember. But it never really happened. Yes, I constantly tap out beats on the steering wheel and table top. When I’ve played with bands I’ve begged the drummer [...]

Buy Your F*ing Ticket to California

March 27th, 2017|0 Comments

  I’m not a travel agent. I don’t care which airline you fly. But please, do yourself a major favor and buy yourself a f*ing ticket to California. This is a metaphor. Of course. California [...]

Waiting at the Mailbox (for My Rock God to Write Back)

March 27th, 2017|0 Comments

To say that I was a madman, die hard, full-on Styx fan would be an understatement. In junior high I glued all of my Styx albums to the wall (much to my mom’s dismay). I cranked albums [...]

What is the Supervillain of the Creative Self?

March 21st, 2017|0 Comments

  Some theories of psychology believe that we’re made of psychological parts. Lover, brother, leader, activist, humanitarian, whatever. But there’s a dark side. For every saint there’s a sinner. For every virgin there’s a whore. [...]

The Art of Fulfillment

March 17th, 2017|3 Comments

The other day I found myself at a huge event where NFA SuperStar Tony Robbins was doing his thing. In case you don’t know, Tony has been the undisputed champion of self help and business [...]

Start Before You’re Ready (and Build a Galactic Beacon to the Gods)

March 10th, 2017|2 Comments

My good friend Miguel Edwards is my current hero. He (along with a team of awesome humans— including his dad) designed and built a three and a half story kinetic sculpture in Seattle called Pursues II [...]

How to Re-define Failure and Flip into Possibility

February 17th, 2016|1 Comment

                        Have you ever failed? Yeah, me too. It f’ing sucks. Now step back. Define failure. Most people would probably say it has something [...]

How to Find the Quiet, Clear your Babbling Brain, and Tune into your Truth

January 30th, 2016|2 Comments

                          The world is loud. It is noisy. Distracting. Frantic. Noise is not just sound. Sure, there’s traffic everywhere, TVs and radios blaring, [...]

Mean it Like Aretha — How to Make Art that Matters

January 17th, 2016|2 Comments

                      When a movie or book changes the way you understand the world, there’s a reason. When a painting or photograph stirs you [...]

Tap Your Soul and Find Success as an Indie Artist— 5 Steps

January 1st, 2016|3 Comments

I’ve been an independent artist my entire adult life. Musician, photographer, filmmaker. Sounds glamorous, right? It pretty much isn’t. Although it’s great to follow your passions (and I very highly recommend it) any working artist [...]

Loving the Bully Within

January 1st, 2016|2 Comments

The world is full of bullies. They come in many shapes, sizes and colors. It’s true. In one way or another someone will eventually intentionally overpower you. Kick your ass and/ or heckle and tease [...]

Scarface was Right

December 30th, 2015|0 Comments

Every moment of our lives we’re either acting upon the world or reacting to it. Both are necessary. But you gotta keep an eye on the ratio. If you’re generally reacting— in your work, in your [...]