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Blinders and Dung

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – I like getting older. I like it because every ten years or so my brain explodes. Neurons fire, cells increase, memories connect and event after event that I absorb in life expands … 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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Death in a Blue Spotlight

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – Once a long time ago I was cast in a really bad musical. The story was one of quirky Americana about the Wild West. I played a pioneer girl who didn’t get the … 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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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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Zen and the Art of Losing Your Life

 A Big Life: Encouraging Words for Those in the Entertainment Industry – One snowy night when I was a college student, I met a smart, flirty guy who was an expert at Backgammon.  I had never played before. We sat … 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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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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Empty Yogurt Cartons and Waiting Around

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – My kind and funny friend Rick Hall, who is an actor and a family man, says that an actor’s job is to audition.  Every once in a while, you get … Continue reading

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