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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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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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Histamines and Hormones

 A Big Life:  Encouraging Words for Those in the Entertainment Industry – Spring in Portland is a cheerful, vividly green pitter-patter time. Frogs are noisy, the snakes are out and even the spiders are starting to unwind from the giant … 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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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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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 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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