Work-life balance

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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 […]

Bonnie Bruckheimer

Producer Bonnie Bruckheimer: Insider insights

New York native Bonnie Bruckheimer began her Hollywood career at Columbia Pictures. After forming All Girl Productions with Bette Midler, they produced Beaches, For the Boys, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya-Sisterhood and Gypsy for CBS. An Adjunct Professor at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Bonnie […]

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Social media: My self-esteem IV drip

As an actor/filmmaker, it’s probably no surprise to hear me admit that I have an addiction. In this case, an addiction to “what others think of me.” Oddly this is a new awareness for me and it’s left me with […]

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Specificity, and also a million other things

I have never really been good at devoting my focus and energy to one thing at a time. On a larger scale, at least. If I’m working on a certain project or something with a deadline, I will get it […]

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Growing with ‘Tiny Furniture’ producer Alicia Van Couvering

Between film screenings and checking my twitter feed to see where Joe Manganiello has been recently spotted, I attend a packed independent film panel at the YouTube lounge. The topic is “How to Make Your Movie Pop,” led by a […]

Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling reminds me who’s my daddy

This year, I got a call that made Father’s Day more significant than in years past. It’s 7am and my eldest brother calls from Pennsylvania. “Dad has to have emergency open heart surgery. The surgery is at 9am and he […]

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