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Resurrection Girl

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – “Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of.” – Bethany Hamilton Last week I was nervous. Some of the nerves were over good … Continue reading

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Green Braided Beard

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts  – Wind. Snow. Darkness. Night. Still and joyous. Almost joyous. This year has been one of pain and emotional strife but on this night the year all seems to be telescoping … 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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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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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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You are Memorable: (On Agents: Part 2)

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts- At the end of an endlessly lush and unusually sultry summer in Portland, I was catching up on NBC’s Grimm, our beloved—and locally shot–national television series.    Jeb Berrier is a wonderful … Continue reading

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