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Balancing Act: A Working Artist’s Dilemma

Can you operate in the world using both incisive thinking and creativity?  Can you do it simultaneously?  Or must you do it serially?  Are emotion and intellect trying to crowd each other out of our poor, overburdened brains?  Is bi-hemispheric thinking possible?  Yes, I know, this is an over-simplification of the issue.  However, allow me […]

An Actor’s Diary

  Today was a day to shake my sweaty grip on the conviction that my chosen path is my right path.  I have known forever and long ago that I am an artist, yet it has not been my fortune to be in that small percentage of actors who work solely in their craft.  I […]

Behind the Scenes: How Do Life Events Affect an Acting Career?

  Last week I wrote about Drelle, my friend whose career as an actor didn’t begin until she had divorced and felt free to be herself.  This week I’d like to examine a few more of my friends and how big life events affected their career paths. Tommy: marriage Tommy had a major in theater […]

Behind the Scenes: Does Every Actress Want to Hit the Big Time?

  Last week I wrote about some of my actor friends and how they have crafted their careers.  We learned that for some, the dream of Hollywood stardom is still compelling and that for others simply making some money as an actor is all they could desire.  This week let’s hear about some of my […]

Will I Make It to the Big Time?

Do you think most working actors are looking for that “big break” that will launch them into the A-List category, or are they more concerned with just making sure the rent gets paid and the kids get fed?” Great question!  I don’t think there’s an easy answer to this: actors are so varied in their […]

Heaven, The Web Series

  What is heaven?  If you went there, would you ever want to return?    Anne Lower is producing a web series called They Live Among Us about angels who have fallen back to earth and struggle, as do we normal humans, with moral decisions, with life and death, with traffic in L.A.    Think […]

Why I Am A Screenwriter, Part III

3.  It’s the things I encounter and the things I do.   They should not let me out of my cage.  I have no tact.                           The tactless Michelle was co-producing an insane indie short with 48 dogs involved in one scene.     There was no budget for a professional animal handler, so the dog […]

Trifecta of Death

I farted and belched while I was doing yoga.  Supposedly if you do that you will die immediately.  No, it is probably sneezing, hiccuping and choking on a doughnut that will get your heart stopped. Most actors do yoga to strengthen their physical instruments and to learn to focus their intentions. Not me.  I do […]

Letters From My Readers

Dear Michelle, You wrote about your temp job: “The morons who run the joint are so disorganized that I can spend all day writing my screenplay and get paid for it.” Are you joking?  Don’t you think that is dishonest of you?  Shouldn’t you work for your money like the rest of us? Rusty Dear […]

Shooting The Trailer: Day 5

Wednesday was my day to be an actor. My writing partner played producer and PA today. Michelle Actor speaking: I gave three transcendent performances in two separate scenes.   Michelle Producer speaking: Good, all you need is one good take of each scene. I attribute my ability to give great performances partially to relinquishing producer […]

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