How did you discover your creativity?
I grew up singing and dancing and got a BFA from Emerson College in Musical Theater, so I was luckily surrounded and supported by creative people early on. My family encouraged me to pursue my passion for performance and while it's not something I do as a career day to day, it has provided a foundation to be able to take risks and the ability to think on my feet.
What was your first “Big Break” in your profession?
Signing with literary agent Kim Witherspoon last year was a pretty major moment for me as was selling my first cookbook to Clarkson Potter. Back Pocket Pasta is being released in spring 2017. It's all about how to pull together artful pasta dinner on the fly. Embrace carbs people, they are back! I have spent the last decade working in agencies and for big brands, I finally have the time to concentrate on my own projects, which is life-changing and overwhelming at the same time. I'm not complaining, just trying to figure it all out.
What's in your backpack/handbag/tote right now?
Hurrah, I've always wanted to answer this question! At least three lipsticks in varying shades of red. Russian Red by MAC and Dragon Girls by Nars are my favorite. Phone and charger. ABC, yo. Always be charging! I'm on the go and there is nothing worse than a dead phone. 1 million loose bobby pins. My friend Kevin calls me Broom Hilda. He finds them months after I've visited his home in Portland, OR. If I'm being honest, a few Valium. Be mindful. Be prepared! My passport. You never know! And, as I wrote this, I was asked to go to Belize in two weeks, so you really never know! Oh, and a few doggy bags for our little man Josh.
Do you have any advice for someone starting out in your creative profession?
Work your ass off, pay your dues, learn from every experience (especially the painful ones), be kind, and be passionate. The rest will fall into place.
What are some of your favorite places/books/blogs/websites for inspiration?
I think my friends are my biggest source of inspiration. I'm blessed with a lot of amazing ones who are pretty wonderful at listening to ideas and talking things through. We all help each other.
What would be your DREAM ASSIGNMENT?
To travel the world with no deadlines. Stage in some kitchens, meet interesting people and figure out a brilliant way to write about my experiences. Writing a cookbook is pretty great too though.
Who are the people that have been instrumental in your success as a creative professional?
Desiree Gruber, my first boss at Full Picture PR. She believed in me and told me that I could do anything I wanted, I just needed to figure out what it was. She has supported every endeavor I've ever pursued. Editor-in-chief of PUNCH Talia Baiocchi. Not only is she a dear friend, but also an incredibly gifted writer. She's got my back always and we support each other in different ways. My husband Chad. He pushes me and encourages me to break the rules. I'm a people pleaser to a fault and he challenges me to take care of myself first. It's hard to be married to someone who is a creative genius and brilliant at everything he touches, but he is usually right, again about everything.
What would be your last supper?
I probably should say pasta, but it's cold fried chicken, fried potatoes and a bottle Bandol rosé... for myself.
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