PERSONAL JOURNEYS

Puppy, Marily Manson and Dita Von Teese

My glamorous Hollywood career… and why I gave it up

I drove up the pitch-black canyon roads en route to Marilyn Manson’s Hollywood Hills mansion, my headlights wending their way around the near 180 curves in the road. My newly purchased cell phone rang every few seconds from the passenger […]

Funeral

Life or death dilemma

Unfortunately, lately, I’ve been asked to sing at a few funerals. I don’t really like to do it, but I always feel a little obligated to do so. After all, they are in mourning and I may enhance a terrible […]

Extras

Preparing for life beyond the background

In a film someone has to drive the plot, someone has to be the hero, and someone has to get the whole thing rolling with the word action. Then someone has to stand in the background. And for the last […]

Lies

When in doubt… lie

There are more “experts” in Hollywood than probably any other profession in the known world. I should probably explain that if sarcasm font existed, the above would be bolded, underlined and italicized in it. When I’m not writing (or surfing […]

Sukkot theater

Sukkot, theatre and the power of impermanence

We have just come out of the high holidays, a period focused on the big existential questions – Who will live and who will die? Have we atoned for our transgressions? When we leave this Earth, what will we have […]

Dear White People

‘Dear White People,’ thanks for everything

I drove into work nervous, but determined. It was early March of 2013 and the previous night, I had experienced a revelation. It was time to quit my job and make my dreams a priority. That morning, I was going […]

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