An interviewer noted Laurel Holloman had “a very successful niche for herself as an indie film / cutting edge TV actress” before she shifted her career to being a painter.
“I was in the middle of a transition. I went back to [Tribeca in] New York where I first started acting and felt most creative, got a painter’s loft and single parented.
“I created this art cocoon where I forced myself to paint every day.
“In it I purged a lot of the sadness, which possibly could be the pain of my separation.
“All I know is that it was like a clinging on to whatever my identity was before I got married and had kids. This creative person.
“I felt I was getting back almost to the person I was right out of college. And that’s why I was painting.”
She adds, “I really love painting because it’s 100% mine.
“I wanted to have something where I was being creative but I could also have control over two things: the time it takes to create and complete creative control over what it is.
“You don’t have that in film-making. In film-making you have to collaborate with everyone else.”
From article Laurel Holloman: “I shouldn’t identify as bisexual” by Rachel Shelleym Diva Magazine, 11 Apr 2011.
I first heard about Holloman when she was acting, and made an insightful comment about one of her co-stars on the Showtime series “The L Word,” Jennifer Beals – who once said:
“I get emotional all the time. I get emotional every time I make a speech, or talk about other cast members.
“Every now and again, my heart just explodes and expands.”
“If Jennifer is passionate about something, it comes to the surface within seconds.
“My theory on that is all the best actors have a couple of layers of skin peeled away.
“There’s a huge emotional life in Jennifer, and it’s kind of beautiful.”
From my article To Master Your Art, Master Your Mind – Mihaela Ivan Holtz, PhD provides psychotherapy for creative people in TV/Film, performing and fine arts, and writes about the emotional and creative pleasures of this inner life – and its challenges.
In an article of hers, she notes: “As a creative or performer you live in a rich and fascinating inner world. Your art – singing, acting, dancing, or writing – allows you to fully feel and express the depth of your inner world.”