Category Archives: Acting

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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Uncovering My Bottom Half

A Big Life: Encouraging Words for Those in the Entertainment Industry – Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors. – Constantin Stanislavski “All right, take off your clothes and…Background! Action!” We were doing a scene by the “swimming … 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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The Jagged Line and the Circle

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – Once I was on hold for a role in a national commercial…and then they released me. Once I got the understudy in my favorite play…instead of an actual role. Once … 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 met a woman who had a leading part on the popular soap opera All My Children. She told … Continue reading

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Both Sides of the Lights

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – “If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from … 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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