Category Archives: Acting

Cold Teeth and Overhead Lights

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts –  As I rushed down the oceanside promenade, the blowing rain whipped my hair into my mouth. Despite my repeated efforts to push it back under my hood, it seemed to … Continue reading

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Uninvited

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – Lately I have been thinking about rape. A tough subject, I know. However, sometimes when people talk about the elephant on the table it helps the other baby elephants in … Continue reading

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Orphan Rituals

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – This morning I woke up out of breath. It’s a usual thing…maybe it’s allergies, maybe I have emphysema. Who knows? These are the kinds of crazy thoughts I have.  Every … Continue reading

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The Art of the Day Job

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – A couple of years ago when I was working as a featured actor on a commercial, a couple of extras waiting to go on asked me if performing was all … Continue reading

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Choosing Chaos

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – When I was a little girl, I dreamed of being free.  Free not to have to pretend to be happy or smart or foolish.   Free to pursue my dreams … Continue reading

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Green Braided Beard

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts  – Wind. Snow. Darkness. Night. Still and joyous. Almost joyous. This year has been one of pain and emotional strife but on this night the year all seems to be telescoping … Continue reading

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Houses with Secret Rooms

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts  – When I was a little girl I used to sit in the fields above my house on a hill and hide in the tall grass. I would tramp it down … Continue reading

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Singing Ugly

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts  – Last spring I lost my voice. This was a true disaster. In two days I was due to travel to New York to begin study with a world famous voice … Continue reading

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Not in Maine

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – Years ago when I was in a theatre in the East End of London, a young Cockney boy sitting in front of me noticed my American accent. When I answered his demand to … Continue reading

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Becoming Closer

A Big Life:  Encouraging Words for Those in the Entertainment Industry – Once I had a summer fling with a beautiful, intelligent man. While we were together we had some major differences and I pondered hard whether I really wanted this.  … Continue reading

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