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March 21, 2017

The Artist Dilemma – Perfections vs Excellence

by Fran Montano
March 17, 2017

Affordable Countertops; Who knew.

by Christopher Porikos
March 15, 2017

818 Arts

by Raleigh Barrett
March 09, 2017

Firehouse Subs on Lankershim

by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
March 08, 2017

Giving to Charities - Choosing a Cause With Care

by Lillian Appleby
March 05, 2017

Four Things You Can Do to Have an Edge in Dating Now

by Cristina Morara
March 03, 2017

Get Out; Post-Oscar Reflections

by Mike Peros
February 28, 2017

Horoscopes - March 2017

by Maya White
February 26, 2017

Saving Animals - One Bite at a Time

by Nancy Bianconi
February 23, 2017

Low Budget Film - High Expectations

by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
February 22, 2017

Acting Advice - Assess yourself

by Fran Montano
February 17, 2017

Kids & Money: Important Lessons Start Early in Life

by Lillian Appleby
February 15, 2017

Jane the Baptist

by Raleigh Barrett
February 14, 2017

Peace Frog - Tribute to the Doors

by Caroline McElroy
February 10, 2017

Just in Time for Oscar

by Mike Peros

New Mexico is very popular place to shoot right now.

KCSN 88.5 – the valley’s public radio station

Sunday, 31 May 2015 22:40

Your Dancing Brain

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When exploring new subjects to write about, I became very curious about the human capacity for movement. 

PART I

In a recent class I had two actors on stage doing the Meisner Repetition Exercise. If you’re not familiar with “Repetitions,” it’s an exercise in listening, reacting, and working off the other actor, as you repeat your partner’s behavior and they repeat it back to you again. (That’s a quick and simple description of repetitions. I assume most of you reading this are already familiar with the exercise. If not, don’t worry, as I’ll be addressing this in a later blog.) These two actors were on stage for about three minutes, and they shared great chemistry. When they finished I asked them this:

Thursday, 21 May 2015 10:50

THE HIDDEN ARTIST: Jacqueline Myers-Cho

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THE HIDDEN ARTIST: Jacqueline Myers-Cho

Friday, 15 May 2015 19:24

Open Mic Nights in the Northeast Valley

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Tia Chucha’s, the nonprofit independent bookstore/performance space/art gallery in Sylmar, has been offering workshops, events, youth programs, and open mic nights for the past 15 years.

ARTWORK WILL BE LEFT ON THE WALL UNTIL IT IS DEMOLISHED was posted at the A+ D Architecture and Design Museum. The Beyond Graffiti 2 exhibition doesn’t have a concrete end date, because the museum doesn’t quite know when it will be razed to make way for the Metro Purple Line. So for now, the exhibition dates run haphazardly from March 28th, 2015 – May*. The time table drifts off into the ethers. It may sound gimmicky, but it’s far from that.

Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:14

Feel the fear and do it anyway!

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“Do one thing every day that scares you.” —Mary Schmich

Friday, 01 May 2015 10:47

The Freeway Lady Comes to the Valley!

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(Photo credit: Scott Kiche)

Scent, 52 Films/52 Weeks 2011

Monday, 27 April 2015 15:08

Actor as Entrepreneur

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Several actors in class this week inspired me as they participated in the “Hot Seat” exercise – that’s where actors keep themselves accountable by checking in about how they feel and what they’ve been up to; it’s also a way in for me as a coach. The serendipity I felt recalling some of their comments thrilled me, because they were right in line with the topic of this month’s blog.

So there’s the “hair and make-up” emergency must-have kit. There’s the “rebuild your pointe shoes anywhere” must-have kit. There’s even the “tape and scrape that costume back together” kit. It’s up to you how much you really want to lug every where you go, but my recommendations here are for emergency use.

Thursday, 09 April 2015 11:54

Teamwork makes the dreamwork

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I first heard the expression “teamwork makes the dreamwork” on the set of NCIS from L.L. Cool J and if I hadn’t already had enough reasons to think he was a cool breeze, that clinched it! He didn’t make it up but he does get the credit for stating a truth that exists not only in television production but everywhere humans come together to combine their talents and resources for a common goal. It’s a versatile concept that applies to teams of 2 and teams of 2000.

Monday, 06 April 2015 10:31

The Power of the Camera

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The chances are that people all around you are up to something. And by that I don’t just mean cheating on their tax returns. They are creating, they are writing, they are shooting, they are planning and scheming and all that energy is well worth taping into.
Friday, 03 April 2015 11:56

Who Knew Dude Quilters Were So Dope?

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There’s no misnomer to these “man”-made quilts. Man-Made: Contemporary Male Quilters is exactly that, a dude quilting exhibition at the Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM).

Thursday, 02 April 2015 13:28

Family Owned Music Store in Canoga Park

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There’s a great music store in Canoga Park - Sam Ash on De Soto and Roscoe is one of 45 stores in 16 states. Sam Ash has been a family owned and operated business for over 80 years and employs 1800 people.

Monday, 30 March 2015 10:47

THE HIDDEN ARTIST: Joshua Levine

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THE HIDDEN ARTIST: Joshua Levine

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 09:52

Top 6 things every actor needs!

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