In defense of the single-hyphenate

In defense of the single-hyphenate

How do you hyphenate?

There’s been a lot of pressure in the last few years for actors to become “multi-hyphenates”. For non-industry folks, a multi-hyphenate is a term in the entertainment industry for artists who are professionals in multiple disciplines: the actor-writer-producer for example.

 

I am in awe of the many amazing actor-writer-producers out there creating short films, web series, and viral videos. It’s awesome. Truly. But if the thought of “creating your own content” makes you want to vomit, I’m here to reassure you: there’s still room for the single-hyphenate.

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You CAN be both a mom and an actor: One mama actor’s story

giving up your dreams does hurt other people. If I’m not a fully-functioning, dream

 

Enjoy this guest post by fabulous funny-lady Julisa L. Wright in which she shares how her baby helped her book a role on the CW’s hit new show, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. She also dishes some fantastic words of wisdom for mama actors everywhere.

 

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Being a mom made me forget I was a feminist

Beyonce as Rosie the Riveter (The Mama Actor)I’ve always considered myself a feminist. I was a Feminist Studies minor at Stanford. I cared about politics and social justice. I listened to Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman for gosh sakes.

 

Then I had kids. And man, between nursing, diapers and sleeplessness, motherhood beat the feminism right out of me. It came as a surprise. You’d think I would’ve become more of a feminist, considering that I’ve never been more acutely aware of gender differences than those early months of motherhood. I’d wake up in the middle of the night to nurse the baby and resist the urge to stab my loving, amazing and deeply sleeping husband snoring peacefully beside me.

 

What the f@#* happened?

Yes, the energy management of parenting is tough, but blaming it on “keeping my child alive on too little sleep” would be a half-truth. The truth behind my declining inner feminist is that the moment I gave birth to my son my world shrank.

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[TMA Recommends] It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War, by Lynsey Addario

I love my local library!

 

I don’t read memoirs much. I love a true story, but I haven’t ventured into autobiography territory since my heart was burned by James Frey’s “memoir” A Million Little Pieces years ago.

 

But my faith has been restored…by an amazing woman (and mom, of course). Lynsey Addario’s memoir It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War is everything I could have hoped for and more: harrowing true tales, strong and imperfect women, brutal honesty about the dilemmas of life.

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