Category Archives: Status

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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On Fire at Second City

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – This summer I told a non-actor friend that I was to about to go take some comedy classes at the Second City Theatre in Chicago and she asked warmly, “What’s that?” “It’s … Continue reading

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The Cameraman in the Closet

A Big Life:  Encouraging Words for Those in the Entertainment Industry – “The closeted people are ready!” It was the end of a long night shooting a bedroom scene. The camera guys were shut tight inside a tiny closet. One of … Continue reading

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The Star and the Coward

A Big Life: Encouraging Words for Those in the Entertainment Industry – The year before I went to act at the Shakespeare Theatre Company* in Washington, D.C., I caught one of their productions which featured a beautiful and well known film actress … 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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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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