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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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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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A Trip to Heaven on a Carpet of Newsprint

A Big Life: Encouraging Words for Those in the Entertainment Industry – When I was a little girl in Klamath Falls, Oregon, my mother used to go down to the Herald and News and get us a free remnant of blank … 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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My Pirate Life

A Big Life: Encouraging Words for Those in the Entertainment Industry – HARPER: It’s good to be back on The Night Hawk, eh, Captain? FALCON: Aye, it is. What do you see, Harper? HARPER: Naught but waves and open sea. … Continue reading

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Writer’s Block

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – Last Monday, someone stole my bike. It happened in the Hawthorne District outside the Bagdad Theatre Backstage Café while I was in my screenwriting class. On the night it was stolen, I … 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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