Category Archives: Teaching

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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Full Circle

 A Big Life:  Encouragement for People in the Arts – “Resiliency, not perfection, is the signature of greatness.” Jim Collins, author of Built to Last – When I first began my working life as a young college grad I moved … 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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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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When in Spain…Do as the Children Do

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go. – writer Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy One summer after a busy year of … Continue reading

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My Secret Life

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – In a competitive business like the entertainment industry, there are a lot of jobs I’m not going to get.  Obviously. If you’re out here pounding the pavement with me you … Continue reading

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You are Memorable (On Agents: Part 1)

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – It is easy to think, in a profession where so many people are striving, that we are not noticed. That isn’t necessarily so. When I was an actress in New … Continue reading

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A Small Life

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – Recently for the first time in my life I found myself on unemployment. This had never happened to me before. Many people would be discouraged, but I relished the time.  … Continue reading

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