I love it when something makes me see the world in a new way. I wrote a whole novel trying to change the way people see famous artists — not as genius legends up on pedestals, but as human beings struggling to … Continue reading Art of Los Angeles: 10 Thought-Provoking Shows You Shouldn’t Miss
Yesterday, I signed books at my acting studio in North Hollywood, Actors Workout Studio, during the regular Sunday Writing Workshop. It was a great morning, workshopping some fantastic scripts and getting to sign my novel to my fellow actors and friends — … Continue reading Why Every Artist Should Study Acting
Last night, after my regular Monday night acting class at the Actors Workout Studio, I stuck around for a few minutes to chat with a couple of actors and one of my acting coaches, Andrew Benne. I love Andrew — he’s an inspiring, intuitive, enthusiastic teacher and every time I work with him, I walk away thinking about something in a new way… This time, I stayed up all night mulling our conversation about how writers often overwrite because, Andrew said,“writers don’t trust actors.” At the time I agreed. Overnight, I changed my mind. It’s not that writers don’t trust actors. It’s that most … Continue reading Do Writers TRUST Actors?
For those of you interested in taking a writing workshop from me, here are a few upcoming opportunities: ONGOING WRITERS’ GROUP at Actors Workout Studio (Sundays) Every Sunday, starting up again on June 14th, this group meets to workshop material. It’s specifically designed to develop plays to BE PUT UP ON STAGE at the Actors’ Workout Studio. This group of writers is amazingly talented and supportive — and it’s a great opportunity to have your work staged (or to just join our community and participate in a weekly workshop) For more information on the Ongoing Writers’ Group GO HERE. https://actorsworkoutstudio.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/writers-workshop-weekly-at-aws/ ART … Continue reading Upcoming Workshops
Actors and writers. The two always seemed like opposites to me: Writers (ie, ME) were introverted. Thoughtful. Dreamy. Quiet. Lonely. Actors were extroverted. Loud. Popular. Superficial. Desperate for attention. Then, one year ago, I attended my first acting class at a creative little theater in North Hollywood: the Actor’s Workout Studio. I hoped that acting would, somehow, make me a better writer—maybe teach me something about character motivation or how to write better dialogue. I went with the intention of sitting in a dark corner and taking notes. Instead, I—the writer—fell into the powerful turbine that is acting. I was … Continue reading Acting like a writer