While I AM YES is for everyone, I have found it to be extremely beneficial in my work as an artist and want to share some thoughts about how YES can be applied to improve an artist's relationship to his/her work.
If it were up to you, how would you choose to feel stepping into an audition room? Sitting down to write? Picking up a paintbrush? Lifting your instrument out of its case? Would you EVER choose fear, self-doubt, panic, self-criticism, failure, or dread? Of course not! But, these emotions are often there. So, what's going on when all of these emotional symptoms and stress arise and interfere with the freedom and depth of your creative expression?
The subconscious mind is a powerful form of protection. When it perceives a historically threatening or dangerous environment, it will react as though the original experience were happening all over again for the very first time. The body is flooded with the biochemicals of the nervous system triggered into Fight or Flight, and most importantly, what you DO CHOOSE is not available to you in that moment.
We’ve all heard the saying “It’s not about what happens to you in your life, it’s how you respond to it.” As artists, we are subject to countless elements that are far beyond our own control - agents, auditions, commissions, irregular salaries, finally getting a gig, dropping everything and traveling, then unemployed again, the list goes on... The career of an artist is in no way a solo act. The intention of I AM YES is to break the cycle of fear and helplessness in an industry that requires so much vulnerability and fortitude. I AM YES is here to empower you to bring confidence, humor, and joy with you into the audition room, studio, business meeting, concert and out onto the stage. I AM YES is about choosing YES to yourself in your full creative power and potential in this world that needs its artists so desperately.
Great artists are thankful for their power, whatever its expression, because they know it is a gift for the good of mankind, entailing responsibility to others. - Power vs Force by David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D
What I AM YES® Artists are saying:
TWO sessions with her and I ACTUALLY feel like a different person—not kind of, not “rush of endorphins after working out or a good night’s sleep” NO: actually. The difference between weeping while warming up and struggling to make phonated sound, to singing again. You know how sometimes people SAY that phrase and don't mean it literally? I mean: I did A session with her and VOILA my voice was back. I did a second and VOILA the panic was gone. GONE. After my third session I felt the kind of shift Siberian-soul searching, journaling, vision boarding til there were no glue sticks left in Queens, and yeeeears of therapy could not replicate.
Also? I did these sessions on the phone. I wasn't even in her physical presence.
Basically: contact her. For the cost of a NYC voice lesson my life has truly shifted. A. S. (Grammy nom. Broadway Actress/Singer, NYC)
The work with Julie has helped to remove barriers between what I want to do and what I am able to do. Katherine (Brooklyn)
The very nature of the healing technique is artistic. It is being administered and conducted by a woman who knows her own art and is able to use this knowledge and skill in a way that speaks to the artist in me. Sometimes there aren't concrete answers to some of the questions posed in the sessions. It's the same way with my acting. But this technique helps me trust that my approaches to the questions are just as important as the answers I receive. Eugene Wolf (Actor/Director/Musician, Abingdon, VA)
I have started to work MUCH more often since my first session with julie. I feel more passion for my work and the jobs have come to me, rather than me pursuing them. which is awesome. S.Z. (Brooklyn)
I have more joy in my work. W.R. (Actress, Chicago)
Julie's healing work heightens my awareness of the false stories people (including myself) have running their lives. If I am acting or writing or directing, I know that stories put a mirror up to nature -- to help us see and understand ourselves better. So Julie's work gives me compassion for anyone who believes they are anything other than a spark of the divine creative force. It reminds me of my own mission -- which is to remember who I am, and who we all are -- the infinite part of us that never changes, is always loving, no matter the condition. Yes, we are capable of such light. C.K. (Writer, Actor, Director, New York City)
The process of Lifeline has helped me to be more productive with my music and artwork. I am also able to feel freer in my piano playing and this is greatly appreciated. Jill D. (Pianist/Artist NYC)