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“Be hole, be dust, be dream, be wind/Be night, be dark, be wish, be mind,/Now slip, now slide, now move unseen,/Above, beneath, betwixt, between.” ― Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

When I found these words by Neil Gaiman, my favorite writer, I felt they completed what I had started creating yesterday in this photo. There is some soul-tickling joy that comes over me when words and imagery...
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I have been dedicating time every day to proof reading my novel. Over the weekend I'm giving it to my husband to read for the first time - he is the person who has always encouraged me to be a storyteller, and told me I had to write this book since the same idea kept coming - but it's a very scary thing. When I keep something to myself, I really keep it to myself. After he finishes it goes off...
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For anyone who needs a little help climbing out of that dark place. <3

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Sometimes I create something that I am almost certain won't work on those days when I have enough time to knowingly fail so that I can figure out what isn't working. This series started as one of those days when I had a vision and wanted to see how it would end up. The result was something just different enough that it pushed me forward without making me feel like I wasn't being true to...
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There are some amazing humans in this world. I remember realizing that what I wanted most in life was to be kind, and I never expected that kindness to come back. A perfect example of how it has is this exhibition taking place tomorrow in Portugal, run by my friend Paulo, who is donating a portion of the money to my photo school in India, The Light Space. Without being asked, without a plea...
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​The bare simplicity of the blank canvas is so alluring to me. It begs to be made into something and I am desperate to create. A perfect metaphor for life. We choose when to hit the reset button, when to stop living the life we fell into and when to start living the life we want. It isn't easy, or comfortable, and it doesn't always happen quickly. It takes countless small decisions that...
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[ Brookeshaden.com Link ] December 10, 2016
“I always worried someone would notice me, and then when no one did, I felt lonely.”
― Curtis Sittenfeld, Prep

To what degree can you relate to the fear of being noticed? Some people are born performers, wanting nothing more than to be center stage. I fall on very much the other side of the spectrum. I grew up cowering in the back of classrooms terrified of being called on. I avoided social...
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This is an outtake from the series I have been producing for the past year. I was first sparked to create this series last September when I was told during a portfolio review that my work didn't have meaning and that I would perhaps never be a "real artist". I remember leaving that review shaking and upset, feeling misunderstood, and feeling defeated. In reality, it ended up being the best...
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[ Brookeshaden.com Link ] December 10, 2016
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
― Charles Dickens

My mind is so often consumed with how to give to more people in more effective ways. Some days I envision a life where all I do is give, but I've come to know that finding personal fulfillment in your own endeavors boosts your ability to effectively help others find that same fulfillment. An educational...
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There are so many deals and sales and purchases going around today and this weekend, ​so I wanted to give you another option. I am hosting a lecture and/or workshop in Los Angeles entirely for charity, so if you are in the area on December 10 and can spare the money for a great cause, I'd love to see some purchases go that way. I take no payment for this; it is a charity event.

$40 for the...
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Last week I recorded a live White Wall Wednesday video here on Facebook, which you can still check out (apologies for terrible quality!). This is the result of that shoot! I am having so much fun exploring each door that lead out of my comfort zone, even in small ways that push me just a little bit further.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to thank you for the kindness so frequently...
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I've spent the last couple of days oh-so-busy in rural NY looking at a beautiful conference center, and then in Philadelphia for an audition that I'm oh-so-hopeful for! I thought I was going to be sitting still for a couple of months but that is proving to be very untrue, so instead I'm finding stillness in my art. I'm creating when I feel compelled, when I have something to say, and with no...
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Going behind the scenes of White Wall Wednesday to create a surreal self portrait with nothing but a bed sheet, fake snow, my camera and tripod! Feel free to chime in like we're all hanging out in my little office! :)
"How thin and insecure is that little beach of white sand we call consciousness. I've always known that in my writing it is the dark troubled sea of which I know nothing, save its presence, that carried me. I've always felt that creating was a fearless and a timid, a despairing and hopeful, launching out into that unknown."
- Athol Fugard

I'm resurrecting White Wall Wednesday, and today will...
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I remember when I was sketching this photo to create I wrote "create your own magic" next to it, with that being the theme of the image. I think about this picture a lot when I am brainstorming or about to start something new. I think about how much power we have inside ourselves to bring forth our own unique magic, whatever that may look like. Sometimes I feel shy of it, and other times I...
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Years ago I used to grab any object I could find around my house and challenge myself to use it in some strange way for a picture. This is how I developed a love for wearing bedsheets, pulling stuffing out of pillows, and crawling in trashcans. It started because I was too afraid to go outside to take pictures, and remained because I liked the challenge of turning something ordinary into part...
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My friends, I felt compelled to write a bit of a personal message on my blog today. Like many across the U.S., I fell quite hard a couple of days ago. Lost in the thought of "what can I do" and always hearing that ricocheting answer of "nothing", I had to change the response. So I created. This is for anyone who has heavy wings right now - I want to create from that painful place of darkness...
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"Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

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