“Marissa is friendly and well liked by the other children. She makes friends easily and is sensitive to the feelings of others. Marissa is able to settle disagreements in an appropriate manner without adult supervision.
Marissa expresses herself well, is self confident and possesses many leadership qualities. Marissa listens and is able to follow directions. She sticks with a task to completion and is able to seek help when she needs it.
Marissa has excellent large and small motor skills. She participates in all school activities and is eager to try new activities.
Marissa has a very good grasp of the alphabet and number skills as well as a solid beginning with phonics.
I have enjoyed working with and getting to know Marissa this year. It has been a real pleasure to have her in class and I am confident she will have a successful kindergarten experience.”
- Sylvia Latona, Grace Lutheran Preschool
May Nineteen Ninety-One.
Once upon a time- in an immoral era of Whitney Houston number one hits, Top Gun and cocaine- Dave and Gail Ross popped out a kid.
And that kid was me.
My mom wanted to name me Jessica but my father refused on the premise that Jessica Walter tried to kill Clint Eastwood in Play Misty For Me. Subsequently, I was named after some model. My middle name is the most predictable right next to Marie (which happens to be my sister’s). My last name is the eighty-ninth most common in the US and a prime example of Ellis Island screwing up lineages.
Thus, I am Marissa Ann Ross.
I did the whole growing-up bit forty minutes outside Los Angeles, in a little ‘burb called Upland. Then I booked it, “going to college” in Orange County. Realizing I didn’t give a hoot or a holler for Astronomy 100 or any form of Algebra I supposedly needed to get by, I left and graduated from the Baron / Brown School of Theatrical Arts in Santa Monica. To secure my place in the school’s history, I made sure to really piss them off, get blackballed & end my acting career via email.
So, now I live in Echo Park with my dog Zissou, & my amazing Dudefriend, spending my time experiencing and creating and consuming Charles Shaw in bulk. I try to split my time between working and over indulging. I also really like music, which makes me pretty original too. Most pieces exhibited on T&tT are the product of practicing the art of writing every day, combined with the anxiety of writing every day and a myriad of coping mechanisms (humor, hubris & late afternoon drinking binges).
One might say this is an Auteurist blog- all written and video content is created and produced in house by me, Marissa A. Ross, via Macintosh products via my brainpower. The only thing I don’t do is my own camera work but that’s what I have gullible friends with access to equipment for.
Here’s a video some people who thought I was cool made.
It’s me being real.