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.

November 2017

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


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 paid for making music. This time around we’re gonna check out my pop’s two rules to greatly increase your success [...]

October 2017

What is the SuperVillain of the Creative Self?


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 this theory is true, then we all have inside of us the seeds of a superhero dreamer. A creative powerhouse [...]

Fail Fast. Kick Ass Faster!


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 step back from your bruised ego, squashed heart and/or tortured soul, you’ll find that “failure” is actually “feedback.” The wise [...]

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


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 when you read that? Knot in the stomach? Flashes of past trauma? Kinda wanna puke? Yeah, me too. Failing sucks. [...]

Tap Into Your Core Wounds to Bring Your Characters to Life


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. Express it through your characters. Then write a story that matters. Why do people love movies, TV and stories and [...]

Not F*ing Around— The Screenwriter’s Edition


      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 have to sit there and do it. Sometimes this is the hardest part. As a professional writer, award winning musician, [...]

Three Steps to Rocket Your Creative Dreams into the Stratosphere


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 you’re in grade school. All cool. But as I got older the world began to get unkind. Like the day [...]