These days the stage I’m on has changed.
No longer are there multiple lights with colored gels (those were very flattering btw), costumes, sets, orchestra and the curtain waiting to be raised.
I miss those days, sometimes more than I want to admit. I don’t miss the business of the business but I do miss the work.
I am blessed in that I get to play multiple roles when I write. I get to slide into the psyche of the men and women I create and live their lives.
These days when I speak I am on a podcast, a stage at a conference, a radio show or, as in the picture above, at a library.
I love these speaking engagements. I love public speaking. That doesn’t mean I don’t get nervous. I do.
For me those years treading the boards make it all easier. I did good plays and bad plays, sang great songs, worked with talented and not so talented actors. I played to full houses and to two people sitting 6 rows apart.
All that time made me who I am today.
I met my husband in acting class and we are still happily married almost 28 years later.
One of my favorite moments when all that training and experience came into fruition was in Colorado. It wasn’t in a play–no it was in our living room at our house on the ranch.
There is no TV. So one night the girls set up a store in the living room and I spent the next hour or so coming into the room to buy things as different people. Each time I chose a different physicality, voice and attitude and each time I saw their eyes widen and mouths open as they watched me create person after person. I think I was 8 or 10 different people. It was a blast.
In the next few months, I look forward to several unique podcasts talking about the writing stage, characters, and life.
Recently, I got in front of the mic with LA Talk Radio host Kathy Kaehler. Listen now.
You can find the info and links for upcoming and past interviews under Appearances. Join me on the journey!