August 25, 2014
“Oh please like me! Oh please cast me!”
These were the thoughts most often whirling in my head when, as young actress in New York, I stepped in front of the directors, producers and casting directors auditioning me for roles in theatrical shows I...
August 11, 2014
Multiple award-winning actress, Cicely Tyson (Roots; Sounder;The Autobiography of Miss Jane PIttman) has a very simple way of determining whether a script is right or not. If her skin tingles when she reads it, she knows it's something she's meant...
August 3, 2014
Remember“Valley Girl Talk?” No? Well, it’s like, when you speak? And your phrases and sentences, like, end with a rising sound? Like you’re asking a question? Even if you’re actually only making a statement? Just like I’ve been doing for the past...
July 28, 2014
First comes the dream.
Then comes resistance.
So says Steven Pressfield, author of one of my all-time favorite books, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks, and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
You know how it is: You have a great idea, an idea...
July 20, 2014
On Friday afternoon, I received a piece of mail that punched me in the gut: John, the husband of my best friend from high school, Laurie McDonald, had written to tell me that she had died unexpectedly from a pulmonary embolism. I must have reread...
June 2, 2014
According to an article written by Aaron Gell in Marie Claire magazine—Hollywood actress, Jennifer Lawrence, has always been affected by what she perceives as the judgment of others. In high school, she never felt good enough or cool enough in...
May 18, 2014
Kurt Elling, a Grammy winning, cutting edge jazz singer and composer with one of the most astounding voices around, shrugged and said “I sing pretty good, and I give my life it.” Christine Ebersole, singer, actress and SLN alumna divulged that she...
May 11, 2014
Until I met my husband, Jim, and became the step-mother to two teen-age boys, the world officially viewed me as a non-mother—which excluded me from the Hallmark moments associated with Mother’s Day: Mother’s Day brunch, Mother’s Day Cards, Mother’...
May 5, 2014
I'd been fixated on being a Famous Broadway Actress for years. In spite of a continuous barrage of "No's!" and "You're too tall for the part," I doggedly held on to my dream of being tapped to star in the the next Broadway hit. I held on so hard...
April 6, 2014
As a recovering control freak, I admit that one of the toughest lessons I’ve had to learn (and relearn again and again) is that it’s ok to let go.
As I documented in my book, Touch the Sky: Find Your Voice, Speak Your Truth, Make Your Mark, when I...