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It’s Official – I Have a Big Brain

A few weeks ago I got a message from Jonathan McNamara of the Phoenix New Times informing me that I had been nominated and was a finalist for the 2011 Big Brain Awards.  The Big Brain Awards are annual awards give out by the New Times to exceptional and innovative people in the arts in the Phoenix community.  I never thought that I would be nominated, let alone a finalist.  The committee started with nearly 400 nominees and whittled the list down to 18 finalists, 3 in each of 6 categories.  I’m a finalist in the Performing Arts category.

I was selected as a finalist because of my work with Improv AZ and because of Sponsor A Law Kid.  I am very excited and humbled to be nominated.  I have been blown away by the phenomenal people I’ve met in the Phoenix area in the last two years that to be singled out for my work is quite an honor.

I will find out if I’m a Big Brain winner or just honored to be nominated this Saturday at Artopia.

None of this could have happened without the love, support, and guidance from some special people in my life:

There are two special people I need to single out and thank for their support and guidance.

  1. Jeff Moriarty – If it wasn’t for Jeff organizing the first No Pants Ride, none of this would have ever happened.  There wouldn’t be Improv AZ, and I wouldn’t have met most of the amazing people in my life today.  Jeff was also the person who encouraged me to become a blogger and helped make Undeniable Ruth possible.
  2. Evo Terra – Evo is one of the most outspoken and brilliant people that I know.  A few months ago I asked him how he he developed a thick skin against criticism.  He responded, “Figure out who’s opinions matter to you. Then genuinely do not give a shit what anyone else thinks.”  That is easier said than done, but those have become my guiding words when I’m against people who disagree with what I write or what I do.

Thank you to everyone who has helped me get this far.  I’m up against some phenomenal people this Saturday: Tom Leveen and Joseph Perez.  While it would be nice to win, I will be pleased regardless of the outcome.




  1. Jana Knapp says:

    So happy for you! And so proud of you.

    Everything you do is for the betterment of those around you and it makes you a winner no matter what awards you get.


    1. Ruth Carter says:

      Thanks Jana!!

  2. Donna McGill says:

    This is absolutely amazing news! I’m tickled pink for you and I know you’re excited. This is just one more tidbit that proves you’re a total rock star!! Congratulations!

    1. Ruth Carter says:

      Thanks Donna! I’m giddy just to be nominated. It is quite an honor to be named a finalist. I couldn’t have come this far without the wonderful supportive people in my life.

  3. Darv DeShazer says:

    Lovin this, almost as much as mushrooms! Congratulations and keep up the good work.

    1. Ruth Carter says:

      Thanks Mr. D!

  4. Evo says:

    Special? Oh, that’s me. In an educational sort of way.

    And rock on with your bad self, Ruth. Good luck on Saturday!

    1. Ruth Carter says:

      Thanks E!
      Yes, you are special, in more than one way.

  5. K says:

    Well deserved, Ruth. From the moment I met you, I was impressed with your drive, ingenuity, and wit. Good luck!

    1. Ruth Carter says:

      Wow. Thanks K, for your kind words. That’s high praise coming from you.