Courage

Saying Uncle

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I took myself on an artist date the other day. I went to see Clemency because I wanted to see powerhouse acting and that I did (Whoa–that Alfre Woodard and Aldis Hodge!), but ultimately the story was too unrelenting for me, without redemption, justice, or […]

Courage

Terrible Reviews

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When I was 18, I went to an acting conservatory. There were about 20 of us in my class, ranging from 18, me, the youngest, to some in their mid-30s. The director of the program, one of our acting teachers, was a gritty, straight-talking, chain-smoking […]

Body Compass

Rhino Wisdom

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Okay. I’m going to get a little woo-woo on you so, fair warning. I took a Shamanism workshop a few years ago taught by the wonderful Sarah Seidelmann who, if you didn’t know, is Maria Bamford’s sister (and Maria, if you didn’t know, is one […]

Little Stories

When it sucks

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I am not feeling like those adorable gals in the picture. I am not sitting on a stoop with my besties, hinged at the waist in laughter, a beret perched on my sweet little head.  I am sitting on the couch under a blanket with a […]

Inspiration

Awake & Aware

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When my mother gave birth to her first child, they knocked her out cold–bam–for the whole thing. When very pregnant with me a few years later, they wheeled her down the hall on one of those gurneys while she screamed, I HAVE TO GO TO […]

Body Compass

Fear & Freedom

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I spent last weekend in New York at a workshop led by Josh Pais the actor, teacher, and the creator of Committed Impulse (CI). If you’ve never heard of Josh Pais and his work, go read more about it right now. It’s extraordinarily powerful, exhilaratingly profound work. He […]

Little Stories

Pick Something

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I had a boss once say to me in her fake English accent, from the other side of her enormous desk, hands folded across her chest, reading glasses at the edge of her nose: Oh Kyra, it’s really very simple. Just pick something and stick with […]