Tag Archives | Passion & Pain

Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

This week I’m recycling an article that appeared in this column several years ago. I’m an actor, screenwriter and indie filmmaker.  When I meet people not in the biz, they always ask me, “Have you been in anything I would have seen?”  I hate that one.  How shall I respond?  “Only if you’re actually educated […]

Starving Artist Writes Haiku About The Life

Off the beaten track. I share with you, dear reader, an actor’s week, revealed with haiku.   Haiku 26 Acting class.  Take five. Everyone standing outside. Stretching limbs.  Smoking.   Twitterhaiku 95 At Cirque du Soleil A small girl scared by the clown, Seared soul, white grimace.   Senryu 233 Where, in the cortex, Does […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Death at Netflix

    As part of my research for “Films With Cats” I finally got around to watching Harry and Tonto.  A little late, I know.  Hey, I hear what you’re saying.  Just be quiet.  Cut it out.  I watched it, didn’t I?  Geez, give a girl a break.  Ok, if you don’t stop that mumbling […]

Star Trek The Next Generation: Bereft

  After 182 hours almost straight, almost without sleep, I have finished watching “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”  Season 7 (the last season) was particularly difficult.  Why?  Several reasons, I think.  First, the plots became repetitive.  Second, the writers stopped showing Roddenberry’s ideal new world.  Third, Bad Science.   The writers got lazy.  How many […]

Star Trek: I Grow Weary; Star Trek: I Mourn

  It’s been for weeks since I started reviewing every episode, in order, of Star Trek: The Next Generation for my article on its portrayal of a post-capitalist society.  Back in those days they did 26 45-minute episodes per season.  I’ve gotten through 6 ½ seasons; that’s 169 hours of watching.  I hope they pay […]

Star Trek: The Marathon Continues

Happy new year to all.  Fuck that; happy new year to me.  Me, me, me.   Still in the midst of the Star Trek marathon, doing research for my article.  I’m beginning of season four.  I remember back to the first time I watched this.  The Borg were so entirely scary.  So terrifying.  And that […]

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