About Jeff Leisawitz

Jeff Leisawitz burns with a mission—to inspire writers, artists, musicians and random creative types to amp up their creativity, heal their hearts and shine in the world. Author. Award winning musician/ producer. Internationally distributed filmmaker. College prof. Photographer. Speaker. Consultant. Not F*ing Around—The No Bullsh*t Guide for Getting Your Creative Dreams Off the Ground is Jeff’s first book.

March 2019

The Freshman and Steeled Tipped Boot of NFA


As a teacher and creativity coach, I sometimes need to square up and kick hard with the steel tipped boot of NFA. It can be kind of harsh. But it’s always backed with love.  It’s true. Sometimes people need their hand held. Sometimes people need a nudge in the right direction. Or a cheerleader in [...]

The Freshman and Steeled Tipped Boot of NFA2019-03-28T10:44:32-08:00

A Magical Element of Music


Tonight I am taking a major trip on a musical time machine. It was July, 1985, when my folks dropped me and few friends off in the parking lot at The Spectrum in Philadelphia somewhere around noon. We simply had to get there very early.  We baked in the 90+ degree direct sunlight all day [...]

A Magical Element of Music2019-03-05T15:11:47-08:00

January 2019

Heart Crushing Moments and the Joy of the Unexpected


How’s the new year treating you? You guys rocking forward with your writing, tunes and other general creative mayhem? Hope so! This past weekend in Seattle I had the absolute honor to lead a 2day NFA workshop called HOW TO LIVE YOUR DREAMS IN ’19! These SuperStars stepped into their hearts, dismantled their fears, [...]

Heart Crushing Moments and the Joy of the Unexpected2019-01-16T15:54:21-08:00

September 2018

The Bonfire of Old Stories


                                How many old stories do you hold onto? I’m talking about the stories of your life. And for you SuperStar writers out there, I’m talking about half written pieces, sketches, outlines, ideas on napkins. In life, things happen. Objective [...]

The Bonfire of Old Stories2018-09-26T16:10:31-08:00

Stepping Forward with Your Courageous Heart


(I wrote this a few weeks ago— right before I started production on my second short film, ROADTRIPPING WITH DIA.) In case you’ve never made a movie before, it’s an incredibly complex creative and technical process. Even in a simple film there are abut a zillion things to consider. Everything from the words in the [...]

Stepping Forward with Your Courageous Heart2018-09-26T16:09:23-08:00

July 2018

The Deep Value of Your Creative Heart


The other day out of the clear blue I got a referral to write some original music for a high end international dance troupe. These guys are Not F*ing Around. Fortune 500 corporate gigs, celebrity birthday parties, sold out shows in New York, London, Shanghai. I spoke to the artistic director about her vision, the [...]

The Deep Value of Your Creative Heart2018-07-23T13:46:52-08:00

June 2018

Cracking the Code of the Structured Jam


When I was a teenager learning to play guitar I was so psyched to learn cover songs. I had this amazing teacher, this long haired 20 something metal dude named Eric Todd. This guy could play. I’d go into the lessons with a song I was into that week. He’d listen to it on the [...]

Cracking the Code of the Structured Jam2018-06-27T15:43:51-08:00

Every Creative Sapien (Hero #7)


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 to live in the world. In one way or another, all of my heroes are Not F*ing Around. Life on [...]

Every Creative Sapien (Hero #7)2018-06-13T13:05:52-08:00