Nothing can stop me.

Feb 13, 2016 by

It’s been a long time since I have written a blog post. I’m not going to apologize, because that would be weird and pointless. It’s my blog. I’m busy. You know all that. But I am writing today, because this is the virtual space where I feel comfortable being vulnerable. I guess it’s because my name is in the URL. Who knows? I have something I want to express today, and this feels like the correct place for it to live.

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Ep. 7 :: Trish Harnetiaux is M...

Apr 20, 2014 by

In this episode, I interview Brooklyn-based writer/producer Trish Harnetiaux. We talk about the early internet, self-producing work, her hilarious short comedy films, and leaving playwrighting to become firefighters, among other aspirations. Tune in!

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Ep. 6 :: Levi Petree is Making...

Apr 7, 2014 by

We’re back! In this episode, I chat with my good pal Levi Petree about his band The Radio Publica, who have just released their debut EP. We discuss our families in Louisiana, our time in Chicago, and his recent transition from actor to songwriter/musician. We also lament that life is long and real, and discus our growing appreciation for savings accounts. Listen in!

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Ep. 4 :: Sheena LaShay is Maki...

Feb 13, 2014 by

In this episode, I chat with Sheena LaShay–photographer, videographer, dancer, stage manager, businesswoman, etc, extraordinaire. We talk about knowing and standing up for the value of your art, the artist as advocate and activist, the beauty of abundance, and much much more. And we get a little gooey at the end.

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Ep. 2 :: Erin Parker is Making...

Jan 26, 2014 by

In this episode, I chat with actress and singer Erin Parker. We discuss the theatre scene in Nashville, where she has lived and worked for a decade, as well as the “rules” that artists live by, and the importance of making your own work and opportunities. And Jon Hamm, etc.

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Ep.1 :: Danielle O’Farre...

Jan 18, 2014 by

In this first episode of “Making Conversation,” I speak with my good friend, actress Danielle O’Farrell. We discuss making storefront theatre in Chicago in our 20s, the pros and cons of joining a union, the importance of beauty and aesthetics in personal presentation, why she moved to New York from California, and much, much more.

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Making Conversation: The Creat...

Jan 1, 2014 by

I remember yesterday, loves, and it was glorious. Long nights, low budgets, grand ideas, and big loves. I wouldn’t trade those years for anything, because they made me who I am and they gave me everything I have. But how are we making art TODAY? What has changed, what have we lost, and how far have we come? These are the questions I am asking myself, and for the next year, these are the questions I will be asking my 30-something artist friends.

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Our First Home : Bedroom Makeo...

Jul 23, 2013 by

re has been a subtle hue and a small cry for photos of the interior of our new home. But just as with the first pictures of North West and the announcement of the name of HRH Baby Cambridge, I wanted to wait for the exact right time to present them. Which basically means, I wanted to get a few rooms looking reasonably redecorated, and clean, before I photographed them and put them all over the internet. And here are the first! Allow me to introduce you to our master bedroom.

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The Dresser of Dreams

Mar 17, 2013 by

Here is the final result! The dresser of my dreams!Created for a little over $200 (including the sander I had to buy, and the not-so-cheap Anthro drawer pulls), which is infinitely cheaper than buying a new dresser, even if I could have found one exactly like this. And I don’t think there’s one exactly like this beauty anywhere out there.

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Paint with All the Colors of t...

Feb 22, 2013 by

I am about as far down the DIY-able scale as you can go without completely falling off it. Whereas the author of one of those design books I so love might look at my furniture and say “these pieces have great bones; all they need is an update,” my response has always been “shame nobody can do anything about that ugly thing.”

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We’re Moving to Virginia

Oct 17, 2011 by

Miles and I are pulling up roots in Chicago and moving east to Abingdon, Virginia (pop. 8,000). It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but Miles got an amazing job offer to be the full-time resident sound designer at the State Theatre of Virginia, the Barter Theatre, and it really feels like the right step for us to take together.

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Just Drop Off the Key, Lee. An...

Aug 31, 2011 by

I gave three weeks notice at my day job. Which I had to put back into perspective as just that–my day job. Yes, I like it and yes, it pays well. Yes, I will miss free doctor’s appointments and cheap prescriptions. But if I compromise who I am as an artist now, before I have kids or a mortgage or loans to repay, if I can’t take a leap of faith now that this is what I’m supposed to be doing with my life… well, there is no coming back. And I can’t get stuck here. Not when everything else is going so well.

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In Progress #5 (Again) —...

Mar 14, 2011 by

So, I attempted this for the first time back in September, and I made it for two weeks. And then Miles got sick, and I went to his place to take care of him on short notice, and there was nothing there for me to eat, and I ordered noodles, and that was the end of that. But now! I have cleverly set up this challenge to coincide with Lent.

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Completed #41 — Go one m...

Jan 31, 2011 by

My friend Danielle is buying no new clothes for the entirety of her 28th year. I find this to be earth-shatteringly admirable, as I have something of a clothes-shopping habit. As in, I’m probably on some kind of ‘wait and see’ list that the producers of Hoarders keep updated. But I’ve got to learn to be more selective, and I’ve got to purge the dead weight.

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Completed #68 — Set Myse...

Oct 25, 2010 by

I realized back in August that the job I’d held for three years (without a raise, mind you) had changed so much that I no longer enjoyed doing it. It wasn’t the work so much, though there was more of that than I’d been hired for. It was the environment bred by a company that cares much more about its bottom line than its employees. So I began seeking new opportunities in August.

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