Tell us about a moment where you felt creatively fulfilled in the last year. This year I was fortunate to work on some great projects. One that comes to mind was a workshop of a new show called Flying Over Sunset at the Vineyard Arts Project. First of all, it's on Martha's Vineyard, and that island is cute! And the housing was cute! But the best part was watching material pour out of the heads of the writing team. That's my favorite part of the process, when it's all being figured out. You have the brilliant James Lapine, Tom Kitt and Michael Korie all writing new material during the evening or even in the room...then you get to be a part of bringing it to life with the most incredible actors. I just loved it. The only downside was that Martha's Vineyard is where Jaws was filmed, and I was honestly afraid of being eaten by a shark. That would would be an awful way to die. And watching this video didn't help! (She makes some good points.)
Talk about a moment (any moment, not just this past year) where you felt successful. I felt successful December 1, 2016 because I moved into a new apartment! I've been in NYC 8 years and have moved almost as many times. I finally feel settled in my physical home, and I think I feel more settled as an artist and person as well. This is a crazy town and a crazy career field so to walk into my place at night and feel at home is a measure of success.
What is a career goal of yours for 2016? My word for 2016 is "joy." I'm bad about goals, but one goal this year is to approach my work and life with more joy. Especially in the mundane things. Like walking to the train to get home. It's necessary yes...a means to an end...but can it be more than that? That probably sounds strange. Like I said, I'm bad about goals! One concrete thing I'd like to do is record demos of stuff I've been writing. It's overdue, and I am going to make it happen this year!
What fuels your creativity? The people in this city! Friends and strangers. There are so many interesting people, especially in my old neighborhood, Rego Park, Queens. Those salon ladies blew my mind! That's the best part about living and working here.