Daniela Cotton plays Infinity Hall on July 16. Bet you didn’t know about her connection to Billy Mays, the recently departed “pitchman.” As a matter of fact, we’ll bet she doesn’t know either.
It’s a habit of mine, ever since my brother started a “Back to Bacon” challenge (naming an actor and getting some sort of first person association back to Kevin Bacon) while we were vacationing a few years ago.
This usually comes up during bouts of writer’s block, a useful tool to generate ideas, get the gray matter moving.
Daniela Cotton is inspiring enough, especially if you take note of her work on the newly released “Rare Child,” and get a first-hand look at her life story through the recent NPR interview in which she describes herself as “little black kid in a white town and I was angry. And that music was a place I could put that aggression.”
No writer’s block there.
Unfortunately, this session is taking place alongside another habit of mine; leaving the TV on when I am trying to write. Can’t get away from Jackson, Farrah, and Billy Mays. It is all encompassing, triggering my Six Degrees fetish.
Billy Mays was once on “Rachel Ray,” (2009) who appeared on Sesame Street (2007, “Sesame Street Unpaved”), a children’s show that was the subject of a documentary by Participant Productions (2004 “The World According to Sesame Street”). It is the same film company that once filmed a documentary about a South African orphanage championed by politician / playwright Daniel Roberts, brother-in-law of Daniela Cotton.
What is that? Five steps? Easy.
By the way, Chuck Mangione plays Infinity on July 11. He scored an episode of “Friends” with Jennifer Aniston, then entwined with Brad Pitt, film-mate of George Clooney who appeared in “Syriana,” produced by Participant Films, which we now know can be followed directly to Daniela Cottton, too…
….isn’t this fun?