The Career Change Handbook for Performers

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Exit Stage Right Review in DancePulp

DancePulp is one of our favorite performer communities online, so it's a huge honor that they posted our first official review!

"Central to Pressler’s philosophy is the inherent passion born in performers that makes them vibrant individuals who have much to give. She confronts the misconception that re-evaluating a stage performance career is giving up and instead reframes it: 'Passion develops...'" — Emeri Fetzer

See DancePulp's full review of Exit Stage Right!

Exit Stage Right on The Brian Lehrer Show!

Ciara Pressler on WNYC

This week I had the great pleasure of visiting WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show to talk about Exit Stage Right!

You can listen to the audio recording here:

Brian Lehrer and Ciara Pressler at WNYCI'm a big fan of the show and it was amazing to see Brian in action - leading the conversation while throwing in stats from the book, asking me questions, and handling callers. He's a true expert interviewer. And how cool is this - since I had the last slot of the day I even got to chat politics with Brian in the greenroom after the show!

Big thanks to Brian, Jody, everyone who called in/commented/tweeted, and the whole BLS team for bringing the career change dialogue to performers & formers all over NYC.

Why I Wrote Exit Stage Right

I moved to New York City to be an actor right after college and spent five incredible years on the roller coaster that is a professional performer's life. When I realized I was ready to change my career and my life, I couldn't find any resources that truly spoke to why I became a performer, the importance of passion in my career, or how to know what to do if you just might be falling out of love with your first love, performing.

So I developed my own process. I successfully transitioned to a new career that was an even better fit for who I am and what I truly want out of life. I now run my own business and I specialize in showing creative people how to be strategic with their business and career decisions. I've had the privilege of working with career experts, human resources departments, and many current and former performers, and now everything I've learned is in one place for you: Exit Stage Right.

This is the stuff no one told me when I was a performer. This is the stuff I wish I'd known when I started out. This is the stuff they're not teaching in universities and conservatories. This is the stuff that my still-performing, super-successful, gold-statue-winning friends knew before they got big - the stuff that shaped their success both on screen & stage, and in life.

One more thing: there is a lot of emotion surrounding the idea of career change. Some of my performer friends won't even read Exit Stage Right because, to be perfectly honest, they're too comfortable doing things the same old struggling way. What if just one simple tweak transformed their performing career? Hiding from the truth doesn't make it go away, it only makes issues bigger. Gather as much information as possible - about yourself as well as your possibilities - to make the best possible decisions. This book is designed to evaluate where you are, help you make an honest, healthy, true-to-you decision, and be equipped with the tools and strategy you need to be successful - whether as a performer or in a whole new role.

So are you with me?

To your career... to YOU,

Introducing Exit Stage Right Career Resources

Exit Stage Right is designed to be the first step in evaluating your career: what do you need to fix to make it stronger and more sustainable, or how do you identify a new passion to transition your career? If there's a lot of work to be done, you'll undoubtedly need more resources to help you on your journey.

I'm excited to launch the Resources section of - the people, companies, organizations, books, classes, and more that I truly believe provide tangible help to both working performers and those in transition.

>view all resources now

When I was a performer, I tried everything and threw my hard-earned money at a lot of places and people that promised a lot more than they delivered.  There will always be someone out there trying to capitalize on a performer's dream, right?! But in my three years of research for Exit Stage Right and in my past eight years as a marketing consultant, I've encountered a fantastic handful of resources that are doing it right: providing practical career resources and advice at fair prices and with a dedication to excellence.

My pledge to you is this: I will only post resources and people I know and trust.  You'll recognize some from the book; others are recommendations from people who've had success with their offerings.  Most I have experienced personally, whether as a client, consultant, or friend of the creators. Full disclosure: some are my past or current marketing clients - but you should know I never work with companies whose products or services I don't believe in.  It's my mission to get all the good people and solid services connected to those who need them, and put the shady ones out of business!  So I hope you'll join me by checking them out and spreading the word.

*If you'd like to recommend a resource, feel free to email!

Free 2013 Goal Setting Guide!

2013 Goal Setting Guide

Happy 2013, performers and formers!

To celebrate the New Year and provide extra resources for designing your dream career, I put together a downloadable Goal Setting Guide, available for free at!

The guide can be used along with Exit Stage Right as you identify and develop your career goals - or expand it to apply to your life goals as well.

Download it here, and feel free to share. Enjoy!