Tag Archives: Oregon

Drawing Inside the Gorilla’s Mouth

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – When I was six years old, my mother was horrified when my first grade teacher began to teach us the “right way” to draw trees. Her abstract method (which did not … Continue reading

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Pizza and a Toilet Brush

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – Before my sister lived in Spain (see my previous post), she and her family lived in Colombia for two years.  One evening while ordering pizza, she realized she’d forgotten to … 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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The Jagged Line and the Circle

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – Once I was on hold for a role in a national commercial…and then they released me. Once I got the understudy in my favorite play…instead of an actual role. Once … Continue reading

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A Little Bit of Soap and the Secret to a Good Headshot

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – When I first arrived in New York as a young actress, I met a woman who had a leading part on the popular soap opera All My Children. She told … Continue reading

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Both Sides of the Lights

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – “If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from … 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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Firestarters and Jello

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – Why is “a year” such a marker? We measure birthdays by it, school years, years on the job, years in a relationship and the number of years ago a loved … Continue reading

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My Secret Life

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – In a competitive business like the entertainment industry, there are a lot of jobs I’m not going to get.  Obviously. If you’re out here pounding the pavement with me you … Continue reading

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A Small Life

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – Recently for the first time in my life I found myself on unemployment. This had never happened to me before. Many people would be discouraged, but I relished the time.  … Continue reading

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