Tag Archives: Oregon

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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The Art of the Day Job

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – A couple of years ago when I was working as a featured actor on a commercial, a couple of extras waiting to go on asked me if performing was all … 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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Singing Ugly

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts  – Last spring I lost my voice. This was a true disaster. In two days I was due to travel to New York to begin study with a world famous voice … Continue reading

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Not in Maine

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – Years ago when I was in a theatre in the East End of London, a young Cockney boy sitting in front of me noticed my American accent. When I answered his demand to … Continue reading

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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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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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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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