Category Archives: Acting

My Girl Super Hero

A Big Life: Encouraging Words for Those in the Entertainment Industry – When I was a little girl, I spent a lot of time watching television.  In my fantasies, I always made up a girl hero and inserted her into … Continue reading

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My Fanny and Me

A Big Life: Encouraging Words for Those in the Entertainment Industry – In my early New York actress days, I had a boyfriend who once made the uninvited remark that I was perfect in every way except “from here to … Continue reading

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The Selfie Interview – Oregon Actor Awards 2014

A Big Life: Encouraging Words for Those in the Entertainment Industry – Doin’ something a little different with the blog this week! A friend of mine, Miss Brynn Baron (aka Joan-Carrol Banks) asked me if I would be her PR … Continue reading

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Ode to an Absent Clown

A Big Life: Encouraging Words for Those in the Entertainment Industry – It was back in my early New York “extra” days and we were in a period piece. I wore red lipstick and had a ‘50s pony tail. It was … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Crying

A Big Life: Encouraging Words for Those in the Entertainment Industry – Simon Max Hill, a fun-loving Portland casting director who enjoys an improvisational approach to auditioning actors, posted a call recently looking for very tall women. I handed it … Continue reading

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Pinning the Tail on the Future

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – On my seventh birthday I remember running excitedly down the grassy yard alongside the house where we lived on Pacific Terrace.  I was to have a big party that afternoon complete with … Continue reading

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Pizza and a Toilet Brush

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – Before my sister lived in Spain (see my previous post), she and her family lived in Colombia for two years.  One evening while ordering pizza, she realized she’d forgotten to … Continue reading

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A Little Bit of Soap and the Secret to a Good Headshot

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – When I first arrived in New York as a young actress, I was in an acting class with Taylor Miller, an actress who had a contract role on the popular … Continue reading

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A Polka Dot Bikini and the Kindness of Strangers

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – When I was in my early 20’s I went to visit my friend Michael in Miami Beach for a month. I also wanted to get an audition for Miami Vice–which I did, but … Continue reading

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You are Memorable: (On Agents: Part 2)

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts- At the end of an endlessly lush and unusually sultry summer in Portland, I was catching up on NBC’s Grimm, our beloved—and locally shot–national television series.    Jeb Berrier is a wonderful … Continue reading

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