When you’re smilin’

Your mom probably told you this– along with “stand up straight,” but smiling is a good thing. Singers know that if their pitch is off or flat, they add a slight smile and the pitch improves.* If your speaking voice … read more

Be Bozo

Bozo the Clown was a life-size inflatable toy, weighted at the base. Punch it, and Bozo righted himself, with the same goofy smile. Back when a small cadre of San Francisco actors presented at trade shows, we were contracted for … read more

Virgin Rap

This week we flew to Newark on Virgin Air. The passenger safety video was a mix of rap, hip-hop and Broadway. It was well produced, and whimsical. At the end of the video, passengers actually applauded. And don’t laugh, but … read more

Two Taxis

Always be strategic in writing and speaking, so that your content drives your intention. Should you lean more toward Hemingway’s bone-lean style, or be more extravagant, like Faulkner? It depends on the impression you wish to deliver. Parataxis is the use … read more

Dramatic Tension

“We started dying before the snow, and like the snow, we continued to fall.” This is how Louise Erdrich started her book, Tracks. A tactile opening is essential to engage readers and audiences alike. And if the opening includes a challenge, … read more