Archive for the ‘Lessons learned on the hot seat’ Category

Major Gaffe or Minor Mistake

Former and perhaps future Tampa Mayor Dick Greco is taking some heat for a comment he made during a televised debate about civil/racial unrest in the late 60’s. He compared the demonstrations to “panty raids.” At first blush, that sounds really outrageous and the kind of remark that would spark outrage. From the reports I’ve seen, there’s not much of the latter. The former Mayor now says he didn’t mean to trivialize the racial tensions of that era. He claims he meant that, like panty raids, organized protests were replicated around the country in an almost copy cat fashion. They were in vogue. It was a fad. Dick Greco is one of the most savvy politicians I have ever met and I’m surprised he let the “panty raid” comment slip. Whether it will cost him remains to be seen. One thing’s for sure though. In politics at any level, anything you say or do is magnified ten times over. I’d love to hear what you think. So, you leave your comments here.

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Acting Builds Confidence

You’ve probably heard it before. The number one fear of most Americans is speaking in front of live audience. To be honest with you, I’ve always been more jittery before a crowd than I ever was in front of a television camera. So, for me, acting has become a real confidence builder. Granted, it is much different learning a playwright’s script that presenting your own material. Acting on stage, however, teaches you a great deal about presenting yourself before a live audience. I am very fortunate to be opening tonight in “The Man with the Plastic Sandwich” at the Venue Theatre in Pinellas Park. I’m working with three very talented actors in Michael DuMouchel, Kathy Richter and Betty Jane Parks along with an extremely gifted director in Midge Mamatas. Our show runs on a Thursday through Sunday schedule between today (November 4th) and November 21st. The Venue Theatre is on U.S. 19 just north of Gandy Boulevard at the Mainlands intersection. Come see us if you get the chance. To reserve tickets, call 727-822-6194.