We had the good fortune of connecting with Dixie Perkinson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dixie, what principle do you value most?
Honesty is one of the most important values to me. That’s why it’s so meaningful for me to have a blog where I can speak my truth and tell my story. I grew up with a lot of lies and secrecy. I was told to keep my mouth shut. Trust no one. Deny everything. Don’t put anything in writing because it will haunt you. I’m drawn to the truth now. Obsessed perhaps. But I like this better.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m most proud of my blog. When I started, I was embarrassed. Everyone has a blog, and how would mine be different? Also, who cares what I have to say? And could it damage my acting career? But the more I wrote, the less I cared what people thought. I made the decision to be radically honest and with that came a sense of freedom. It changed my career direction. I finally found my purpose instead of working for someone else’s dream and how I would fit or not fit in.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to Coffee Bean on Hillhurst. We would sit on the patio there and talk about BLM. Then we would walk down the street and grab a bite to eat at Mustard Seed Cafe. We’d then go for a hike at Griffith Park and view the entire city. We’d end the afternoon by visiting Liberate Emporium, and both pick a special crystal that spoke to us.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I went to New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, a performing arts high school. My voice and speech teacher, Janet Shea, would give me one word, and I would improvise for 5 minutes at the end of each class. I don’t know why she picked only me to do this. Maybe because I was very shy and soft spoken. But she trusted that I had something to say, and that it would be funny and people should listen.
All photos by Robyn Von Swank