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Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Oh My!

Are you ready to put yourself out there?  Say it with me: YES! I AM READY. Last week, we reflected on how we feel about sharing our work and today, armed with that self-awareness, we are going to get started!  I want to talk about the power of social media

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Take A Deep Breath & Get Ready to Grow

“This is it, don’t get scared now.”   (Name that movie!) We’re a quarter of the way into 2021 and we’ve spent time focusing on action planning, self-love, and fulfillment of our needs.  Not bad for three months, right?  You didn’t know it at the time, but we’ve been steadily

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Songwriting Challenge

Attention, music lovers! This week, I launched the first installment of my Songwriting Challenge on the Esma Kirim Bravely Original YouTube Channel.  I’m excited to share my first challenge video with you all. Today we will find out… can I write a song in twenty minutes with a handful of

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Step Into The Spotlight

It’s the first day of a new month and you know what that means.  It’s time for a shift in our focus and a renewed commitment to strengthening ourselves as creatives.  Before we move ahead, though, I want to review what we talked about last month and make sure we’ve

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Coming Up With My Youtube Intro Music

This is a fun one! In this video, composer Noah Reece and I collaborate to create the music for my channel. I wanted to use something for my intros and outros that had a bit more personality than generic elevator music. Please enjoy watching poor Noah trying to decipher what

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Expectation vs. Reality: YouTube Edition

It took me a YEAR to start my YouTube channel.  Not for lack of trying, desire or motivation, but because life in 2020 had other things in store. This episode is particularly special to me because I take you behind the scenes and share the ups and downs of how

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Wanna Collab?

One of our most fundamental needs, as humans, and as artists, is connection.  There is an element of creative work, however, that can border on the verge of isolating.  You know what I mean. You’re following your internal inspiration and sometimes it seems like nothing else exists.  And don’t get

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Peaky Blinders. Pineapple. Posh British accent.

It’s time for another episode of Esma on your new favorite YouTube channel.  New videos will launch every Wednesday.  Make sure you click Subscribe and hit that notification bell so you don’t miss any of the fun! This week, I talk a bit more about the focus for my channel

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The Real Me

After much toil, learning, and oscillation between firm confidence and self-doubt, I am thrilled to announce the official launch of the Bravely Original with Esma Kirim Youtube Channel! This has been a labor of love from its inception, as I challenged myself to conquer personally uncharted territory to create a

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Attain & Maintain Motivation

Motivation: a strong will to act toward accomplishment. See also: an elusive but essential component in every creative’s toolbox. We all know that creative work isn’t something that can be delivered at the snap of our fingers.  And as much as we might long for the muse-led life, it’s not

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I’ve Got Your Back

I’ve dedicated the month of March to recognizing our needs and making sure that meeting them is a priority.  Now I want to shift gears ever so slightly and talk about needs on a larger scale, meaning that in addition to being aware of our own needs, we need to

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What do you NEED?

When is the last time you really thought about what you need?  Being attuned to what you need is one of the keys to success as an artist.   This month, I want to focus on taking the time to recognize what it is we each need and ensure we

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Believe In Your Infinite Potential

I have something to say. I am enough. I bring something unique to the table. My work matters. I have said it before and I’ll say it again.  Actually, I really can’t say it enough.  Those of us who answer creativity’s call know that making a living through our art

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All In Good Time

Today I want to talk about time: how we can use it to best enable our processes and prevent the abstractness of it from creating illusions that inhibit our abilities. Let me start with a confession: I tend to rush to complete things. Taking my time feels tied to my

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Love Your True Colors Challenge: Reflection

And that’s a wrap on the Love Your True Colors Challenge!  Thank you so much to everyone who participated.  I had a great time working alongside you all this week, looking inward and giving ourselves the gift of self-love.  I am so grateful that so many of you decided to

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Love Your True Colors Challenge

I am so excited to introduce the “Love Your True Colors Challenge”, starting tomorrow and continuing throughout the week. In my last post, I talked about how I plan to spend the “month of love” focusing on self-love and how I want you to join me.  My personal rebrand of

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Love Is In The Air

Hello February! It’s officially the “month of love” but I will be honest: I’m not big on Valentine’s Day. I have always found it a bit contrived. This year, though, I decided to use the spirit of love that comes with this season and apply it in a way that

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Time to Take Action

In December we set some goals and throughout January, we’ve been adjusting, revising and getting really clear on those goals. Now it’s time to solidify an action plan, envision the year ahead and take the opportunity to plan out your path for success!  There are many questions to ask yourself,

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Stay Creative All Year With These 8 Tools

Paintbrushes.  Vocal exercises.  Camera lenses.  Every creative, regardless of medium, has tools that are essential in bringing their inspiration to life.  Without these tools, their work would cease to exist.  The same can be said for our personal tools, the things that help us stay clear on our goals and

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Just Take The First Step

Last week, we dove deep into the process of goal-setting and finding the method that works best for you. Now that we’ve honed in on our goals, it’s time to focus on creating a plan to help us achieve them. When embarking on the journey toward accomplishing a new goal,

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Happy New Year! Now What?

Happy New Year, friends!  Now that the ball has dropped and the champagne has fizzled, it’s time to say an enthusiastic goodbye to 2020 and look ahead to the coming year.  Let’s talk goals.  I think we can all agree that brainstorming our goals tends to be easy. Coming up

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Following Joy Into 2021

As the year continues to wind down and we finish our journeys of self-reflection, it’s time to start turning toward the future. 2021, what will you have in store for us? I’m such a huge believer in self-reflection because it helps me find clarity in my future plans. Whatever your

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3 Ways Boundaries Help Creatives

Ah, the holiday season is upon us!  Such a wonderfully joyful time, but also a tricky season to navigate.  We constantly have a million things on our minds and there can be tremendous anxiety to show our friends and family our best selves. And I know this holiday season in

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