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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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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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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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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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Say Yes

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – As someone on the fence extravert-introvert-wise, it seems to me that the entertainer who is an extravert has the advantage.  Oh, to be bubbly and outgoing and charming.  To be … Continue reading

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