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On Fire at Second City

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – This summer I told a non-actor friend that I was to about to go take some comedy classes at the Second City Theatre in Chicago and she asked warmly, “What’s that?” “It’s … 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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