When Your Creative Well Runs Dry...


During my last LIVE event, an actor asked me an important and all too common question, “What do I do when my creative well runs dry?” It is easy to feel burned out or uninspired in the fast pace of the industry.

As an artist, this lack of direction can feel like the end of the world. Yet, the universe is abundant with inspiration, and replenishing your creative well can come as quickly and easily as quenching your thirst. You just need to know how.

So, here are my suggestions on how to find your motivation when inspiration feels scarce.


When you were young, what were your favorite creative activities? For me, those were coloring, painting, dance class, singing, and playing piano. Return to those activities that you already know spark your joy. The innocence of childhood reminds us of a world uninhibited.


One of the blessings and curses of living in a big city is the complete lack of nature. I suggest everyone who lives in the city to plan to GET OUT at least once every 3-6 months for a little natural adventure. The constant “go go go” rusht of the city can really exhaust your creative well. The best way to refill that void is to sit and receive what the world has to offer.


This is a big one, and something a lot of perfectionists struggle with. Let go of any expectation that you must always be a creative person. Trust that you are a creative person whether or not you are outputting into the universe. There is no order of difficulty in miracles.

With patience, practice, and purpose you can uncover new inspiration around every corner. It is simply waiting to be picked up by you.

What are your go-to activities when you need a little inspiration? How do you handle a lull in your creativity? Let me know in the comments below.

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