Tag Archives | Performing Arts

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 […]

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 […]

Self-Referential Films Part 2

  For the rest of 2012 and–if you’re very lucky–into 2013 I would like to entertain you with a list of the best, worst, favorite and horrid self-referential films of all time.  Movies about movies.  Or about acting or about actors.  Or films about films, if you prefer.    For some reason not to be […]

Self Referential Films, Part 1

For the rest of 2012 and–if you’re very lucky–into 2013 I would like to entertain you with a list of the best, worst, favorite and horrid self-referential films of all time.  Movies about movies.  Or about acting or about actors.  Or films about films, if you prefer.  For some reason not to be known except […]

Comedy is Sad

It is hard to lose pets.  Kidney failure can be painful for the animal.   So, how to make art out of all this?  Well, I, for example, have kept all my dead pets in Tupperware containers for years.  I am not quite sure why I do it: affectation of a vampiresque lifestyle?  So I […]

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