WHAT I DO
As an actor, I’ve worked on Broadway, off-Broadway, on television, in film, in commercials, on national tour, in summer stock, in shopping malls, and (my first year out of college) in school cafeterias, where I gained my considerable skills in non-amplified vocal projection.
I started writing sketch comedy and solo material, basically to give myself better roles. Then I discovered I really loved the written word—and the more direct route of creativity it offered than waiting around for auditions—and I’ve done both ever since.
I’m also a mom, and choosing to become a parent changed the shape of my acting career. But by writing about motherhood, I found my community. After my book When Did I Get Like This? The Screamer, the Worrier, the Dinosaur-Chicken-Nugget Buyer, and Other Mothers I Swore I’d Never Be was published by Harper Collins, I began speaking to groups of mothers all over this country. Along the way, I have learned that nearly all mothers harbor almost-daily feelings of utter failure. We keep those feelings to ourselves because we think no one else feels like we do. But we are not alone. Combining my two paths of creativity— writing my own stories, and then performing them for women who can laugh and maybe feel a little bit better about themselves—has truly inspired me.
As a writer, I’ve written books, essays, plays, screenplays, television pilots, and over five hundred blog posts on life as a recovering perfectionist at When Did I Get Like This? I’m finishing my first novel, which (for now at least) is called Three Minutes to Air, and my second parenting book, Don’t Make Me Come In There.
With fellow funny mom Margaret Ables, I host the parenting podcast What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood.
Whatever I’m doing, I like to make people laugh themselves silly with self-recognition, while also surprising them with new perspectives they hadn’t considered. No matter what I’m doing—on stage or on the page—that’s usually what I’m after.
You can check out the first chapter of my book here.
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