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The Artistic Mind: Staying Creative through Depression By David (Wolverton) Farland

Depression is a common ailment.  At one time or another, the average person suffers through at least one episode of major depression in their lives.
Among writers,according to one article in the Scientific American, rates of depression may be as much as ten times higher than in normal populations, the rate of suicide as much as 18 times higher.
So what can you do about it?  I’m not a doctor.  I’m just a writer who has suffered through depression a number of times in my life.  It runs in my family.  Both my father and my grandfather attempted suicide on multiple occasions.

You should know that there are several types of depression, and each needs to be treated differently.  I suffered with bipolar disorder as a teen and into my early twenties.  By my mid-twenties it went away, but in my early thirties I began to suffer from seasonal affective disorder.  I beat that, but in my mid-forties got hit with a bout…

David Farland is guest blogging on depression etc..

David Wolverton who has published under both his pen name David Farland, has penned nearly fifty science fiction and children's books. Dave has been a Judge for one of the world’s largest writing contest, WRITERS OF THE FUTURE! Fiction and fantasy novels for both adults and yound adults.

David Farland will be guest blogging here on Oct 28th! Ask him anything...This blog is specially designed toward the artistic mind and depression, anxiety, bipolar, borderline personality disorder.... Questions about WRITING, ACTING, SCREENPLAY'S anything goes. If you miss this chance, you will regret it. !!!!! Hit me up with a message on my gmail. All questions are anoymous. You can post your questions on my last blog and don't leave a signature. Please do this. Creative minds can be confusing and we are not alone
This blog is to let us artistic types to know we are not alone. That goes for Writers, Actors, Artist's, Designers, Musicians etc. Please feel free t…

Marine Lance Cpl. Scott E. Dougherty: Died July 6, 2004 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom

I want to thank all that served before,and all that will protect our country in the future....

Especially those that gave their lives.  My hero- Marine Lance Cpl. Scott E. Dougherty
Died July 6, 2004 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom

My nephew, Scott Dougherty, 20 of Bradenton, Fl. was killed July 6,2004, when his Humvee struck a tank mine in Anbar province, Iraq. His Humvee ran over a tank mine, flipped over a ravine and exploded. He was a proud Marine in the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

He was fun loving kid with a great sense of humor. He always knew how to make everybody smile. He wasn’t a big guy but he made up for with physical training & a great attitude. He joined ROTC in high school and enlisted in the Marines in 2002 after graduating.

He was just two days out of combat training when he was deployed to Iraq for five months. He was three months into his second tour when he died. He…

My opinion of the acting schools I've attended so far..

The first class I went to was Michigan Actors Studio in Ferndale. We worked on theater games and were each given a monologue to work on for the "semester" and we had the same monologue every week. This was Acting 1 (I think, beginners class) and since i've had some experience before this, I wasn't as happy because I was past this point. I do wish we were able to pick our own monologues.

The teacher was a great guy and I think they just need to tweek that class alittle bit. I would have loved some feedback. Here, It is all about who teaches your class and they do have great teachers. You just have to find the right one. My friend took the second class at MAS and it was more geared toward commercials and industrial videos. That is great because if we lose the incentive, this is what is going to pay our bills as actors.

 My second class that I am currently taking is at The Actors Workshop in Royal Oak and I love it. We do relaxation techniques and repetition, a exercis…

Acting Schools and Private Coaches: THE list

Once again i am posting a note from a friend and not an original work. My brain is going to explode so If you don't like it, go jump off a building! This is a very comprehensive list of acting schools in Michigan and a few out of town. If you want to act, you need training. Even the most polished actors continually hone their craft. How else do you think they got so good?

By Donavan Darius

Many people have asked me how to get into acting. One step is to learn the craft of . . . wait for it . . . acting. Below is a list of acting schools and workshops. I will only leave notes for classes that I have attended and can speak from experience on. My comments are opinions based on my experience there. My personal philosophy is that everyone has something you can learn from. Find the school that is right for you and go with it. There are no favorites here, simply a list of resources. Some of those listed also offer Voice Lessons and childrens acting.
Also note: Most Universities and coll…

MARTINI SHOT ANYONE??? Detroit 187 wrap party....

If you've ever been on set, it's hurry up and wait. That is how the beginning to our evening started. I rushed, he waited and the roads were messy but we made it to the Whitney where the wrap party was being held. Low and behold we find a line of twenty cars or more waiting for the valet. The wind was biting and neither one of us really wanted to get out and walk the block or so to the entrance. So we waited, and waited. I really wanted one of THE GHOST BAR's famous martini's.

  One of the doors opened on the white stretch limo basically "parked" in front of us and who walked out to get to the ATM? Shaun Majumdar. As he picked his way through the snow, we just hoped we weren't going to have to jump out and save him from getting mugged. 

      As he yelled to his buddies in the car,"Hey girls, let's just walk." I rolled down my window and asked if I could walk with them. Out walks two gorgeous girls and John Michael! I don't think I could …

Thank you..I love Michigan's film Production...

I need to thank everyone at I love Michigan's film production for highlighting me on their page. It is so important for us to help each other out. If we don't, we die. Michigan will die.  I will help anyone I can get their business noticed. Pass it forward. I've had a hard few months and the generosity of my fellow Michigander's is amazing. I love you guys..... 

         "Today ILMFP is going to highlight Hope Cobb Crenshaw. Her blog we found very informative. She has the task of writing about the wonderful highlights of the Michigan film community so in this regards we have highlighted her. Hope, you have done a very good job with Michigan Movie Magazine and the people that are working so hard to live their dreams, get work and keep the film industry right here in Michigan. Nice!"                        Quote by - I love michigan's film production..