Cory Wolff

PUTTING IN WORK: Video production and small business marketing with TwentyFiveEight Studios

PUTTING IN WORK: Video production and small business marketing with TwentyFiveEight Studios

In the second episode of my “Cory Talks” series, I sat down with Rich Howells, the founder and editor of this very website, NEPA Scene, to discuss building a digital publication from the ground up. In today’s episode, my guest is Mark Dennebaum, president and owner of TwentyFiveEight Studios in Scranton, where my own office […]

 Bret Alexander

THE REAL GIG: Of dragons and honey bees – finding the truth in songwriting

THE REAL GIG: Of dragons and honey bees – finding the truth in songwriting

What a week, right? With all eyes on the election and current events, I feel strange sitting down to write about music, but I won’t get into any of the trending topics out there. Today, I am going to pull things in close and talk about something that matters very much to me – songwriting. […]

 Bret Alexander

THE REAL GIG: Life’s conductors – what Steve Jobs can teach you about the music business

THE REAL GIG: Life’s conductors – what Steve Jobs can teach you about the music business

This week, I finally got around to watching the “Steve Jobs” movie. He was a complicated man for sure. It wasn’t the most feel-good film I have ever watched but, I must say, there were several scenes that apply to many of the things I try and discuss in this music column. I was surprised […]

 Bret Alexander

THE REAL GIG: Knowing when it’s not working – the strange language of artistic intuition

THE REAL GIG: Knowing when it’s not working – the strange language of artistic intuition

Some days, I sit down and write these columns and I have a really solid idea, like last week. Sometimes, I have no ideas, like the week before. Well, this week, I sat down and realized I had about seven ideas… all at once. Before I knew it, I have written about 1,000 words on […]

 Bret Alexander

THE REAL GIG: Gumption traps and how to avoid them to complete your project

THE REAL GIG: Gumption traps and how to avoid them to complete your project

I have a session and two gigs today, so I need to write fast for this one. I’m giving myself one hour starting… now. Over the past few months, I have been slow with my writing, both blogging and songwriting. I’ve been in the studio nonstop and playing more than I ever have in my […]

 Bret Alexander

THE REAL GIG: When to shut up and what that can do for your hopes and dreams

THE REAL GIG: When to shut up and what that can do for your hopes and dreams

Have you all seen the Snickers commercials where there is some toxic person ranting and raving until someone gives him a Snickers and he turns back into his happy-go-lucky self? Well, a friend of mine recently pointed out a meme to me that says, “I ate a Snickers and I’m still an asshole.” I’m going […]

 Rich Perry

STRENGTH & FOCUS: Self-talk – yes, you do talk to yourself, but what are you saying?

STRENGTH & FOCUS: Self-talk – yes, you do talk to yourself, but what are you saying?

Self-talk is described as the thoughts we think and the words we say to and about ourselves. Now, if you’re thinking, “Bologna! I don’t talk to myself,” well, yes, you do! We all do, and it’s perfectly natural. Stop and think for a moment. As you’re going about your day, thinking those thoughts and saying […]

 Cory Wolff

PUTTING IN WORK: Building a digital publication from the ground up with NEPA Scene

PUTTING IN WORK: Building a digital publication from the ground up with NEPA Scene

In the first episode of my “Cory Talks” series, I sat down with the owner of Pink Cloud Vape Shop to talk about business and marketing. In this brand new episode, I get to hang out with Rich Howells, the founder and editor of this very website, NEPA Scene! We answer questions from social media […]

 Rich Perry

STRENGTH & FOCUS: Thank you for 2 weeks of humanity, 2016 Rio Olympics

STRENGTH & FOCUS: Thank you for 2 weeks of humanity, 2016 Rio Olympics

Dear World, Thank you for two weeks of humanity. Last night, the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics came to an end, but we can only hope that the spirit of the games continue forward. For two weeks, the world’s top athletes came together in sport and displayed heroic feats that motivated millions. As athletes, they inspired […]

 Rich Perry

STRENGTH & FOCUS: Finding purpose in the unhappiest place in America – Part 3

STRENGTH & FOCUS: Finding purpose in the unhappiest place in America – Part 3

Greetings, and welcome to the third and final part in this series. In Part 1, you were introduced to the place I called home for most of my life as well as a few of the personal and professional struggles I encountered on my path to finding purpose. Part 2 focused on the desire to […]

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