A Conversation With Tommy Swerdlow

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The always entertaining and often poetic Tommy Swerdlow is an actor and writer known for films like Cool Runnings, Little Giants, and Snow Dogs. Most recently he directed, co-wrote and co-starred in the film A Thousand Junkies. Barry and Tommy have known each other for more than two decades and their conversation covers a lot of territory, including:

  • Tommy's struggles with addiction and feeling compelled by his own distruction
  • The dramatic event that abruptly ended his using
  • How things changed when he realized the life isn't about the highlights. Or, as one friend put it, how to find the groove in the grind.
  • How he eventually overcame his difficulty with visualizing the Tools
  • How a preoccupation with being safe led him to do things that were unsafe
  • How the torture of being misunderstood drove his relationship dynamics
  • How he let go of shame and the cycle of self-destruction
  • Why understanding ceaseless effort helped him find some calm amid his inner cadence of hysteria
  • How he has come to think of everything as an energetic exchange, including the Tools

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