May 6, 2018

Last night, I was at a holiday party at the home of a friend of a friend.  It was approximately 98% couples with children.  I couldn’t help but feel that immediate twinge of wondering if something is wrong with me, the 36-year-old single girl who has advanced degrees instead of children and would be going home to an empty apartment without even a living plant (I have fake succulents – that pretty much sums up my life).  But for the first time in really my whole adult life, I feel confident in who I am and where I’m going with my life.  No one there judged me, in fact, every new person I met seemed genuinely impressed and interested by my story.  But...

April 29, 2018

I grew up on a family farm in a small village of 250 people, on a small island in rural Denmark. Most of my family lives on the island, and being an artist is not something you pursue in my family. It is something you do for fun and as a hobby-- in fact my parents met doing community theatre over 50 years ago. They both are excellent singers, and as a result, I grew up singing. When I was 13, I was a part of a big community theatre production of Annie Get Your Gun, and from there my dream formed-- I wanted to sing for a living. I didn’t tell anyone, as it seemed it would not be taken serious or accepted as an option. I continued saying I wanted to b...

January 2, 2018

I spent my first seven years out of college working as a high school theater director at a high school in Brooklyn. Growing up a theater kid, teaching was never on my radar as a possible career path; I wanted to be a performer. The truth is—and I know it’s dangerous to compare—I never enjoyed performing the way my peers did. I did it because I was good at it and because it’s where I made the majority of my friends. That said, when I discovered directing/teaching, it was the most passionate about anything I’d felt in my entire life. Seeing my students taking their final bow was the stuff dreams were made of.  By the time I started what would be my la...

December 20, 2017

I always did what I was “supposed” to do, what was safest. I graduated college with a bachelor’s degree in finance. Immediately, and fortunately, I landed a job with one of the top four banks in the nation, J.P.Morgan Chase & Co. I spent the next five years moving up in positions in which I had decreasing interest simply because that was the career path that was placed before me. I remember commuting from Long Island into the city every morning so that I could sit at my desk for 9-10 hours, go home, and do it again the next morning. I remember looking around the train at other commuters, feeling very detached from that life. “Did they really enjoy d...

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