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16 New Year’s Resolutions for ’16

Be vulnerable. Create. Practice presence. Love others. Love yourself. Love God. Believe in boundaries. Break boundaries. Sit in joy. Sit in fear. Sit in stillness. Roam. Go home. Pause. Reflect. Repeat. Happy New Year, kids. Let's leave 2015 reluctantly and enter 2016 eagerly with wonder and awe. You know the drill: Comment. Tweet me. Facebook me. Love to all.  ...

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31 December
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Be.

Everyone knows the popular song by Bobby McFerrin, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” It’s catchy and nostalgic for many of us, but does it have a good message? Ain’t got no place to lay your head. Somebody came and took your bed. Don’t worry. Be happy. Sorry,...

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21 December
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Know Your Bullseye

Back in April, I wrote a post about our responsibility as actors to market ourselves to the max. Arguably, the biggest task as an actor is to actually book the gig. After all, how can we work if we don’t first have something to work...

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07 December
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The Merry Widow

Back in October, my theatrical agent at BMG asked if I would be interested in being a super for The Merry Widow at The Lyric Opera of Chicago. The term “super” is short for “supernumerary,” which is equivalent to an extra in a movie. This...

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16 November
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The Physics of Success

Courtney Rioux wrote a great blog post last month entitled "3 Beliefs that Keep You Jealous of Your Colleagues." In it, she lists the following lies we tell ourselves, sometimes on a daily basis: 1. “There is a limited amount of success. If you are successful, I...

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02 November
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Actors' Nightmares

Ghouls. Ghosts. Mummies. Masks. Jack Torrence from The Shining. Donald Trump from the Republican Party. All things that go bump in the night. This is Halloween, this is Halloween Pumpkins scream in the dead of night This is Halloween, everybody make a scream Trick or treat till the neighbors...

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19 October
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National Coming Out Day

On October 11, we celebrate the 27th annual National Coming Out Day. On this day, we honor coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or as an ally. “Coming out STILL MATTERS. When people know someone who is LGBTQ, they are far more likely to...

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05 October
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The Other Side of Auditions: Part 2

Interning at PR Casting was one of the best experiences of my career. I loved being surrounded by so many driven creative artists, and as was previously mentioned, the break from subbing twice a week was nothing more than a treat. And don’t get me...

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21 September
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The Other Side of Auditions: Part 1

Last winter, I interned at one of the major casting companies in Chicago, Paskal Rudnicke Casting, and it was the best experience of my career. Normally during the school year, I’m a substitute teacher for Chicago Public Schools, so you could imagine how thrilling it...

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07 September
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I Vs. We

There are two schools of thought when it comes to improvisation. One is to support yourself and trust your ensemble will support themselves. The other is to support your ensemble and trust they will support you. I went to a show at a well known...

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17 August