Rediscovering My Creative Side
I am a creative person by nature. I spent my high school days singing and dancing in musicals, my college years with Chekov and Shakespeare. Before graduating college I realized that being an actor was not going to be creatively satisfying enough for me. I wanted to be in charge or the big picture, the whole show. I wanted to produce.
I spent 12 years working as a producer in the NYC theater world. I worked on big budget Broadway shows and small Off Off Broadway plays that no one wanted to see but that I loved dearly. I produced shows in bars and nightclubs and even worked on a few cast albums. What I always loved most was being in a dark theater watching all the pieces come together. The magic that happens when a vision becomes realized. The art of creation.
A few years before Hermione was born I left my theater career behind me. Things weren't going as I had hoped and I had had one two many heart breaking disappointments to stomach at the time. Making art isn’t easy. At the time I needed some distance from it. I say at the time because theater will always be my first love and I have a feeling I will come back to it professionally someday…
I started (an earlier version of) this blog seven years ago as a way to get back in touch with my creative side. What began as a way to share my recipes with friends has turned into a full fledged digital diary and creative outlet for me. Writing this blog helps me fill the void that opened up when I stopped producing theater. Each time I produce a photo shoot for a brand I love I get to be director, actor and set designer all at once. I truly love what I do.
Recently I have gotten the opportunity to start working on more in depth collaborations with a few very special to me brands. The first of these was my capsule collection with Alice and Hops. From picking my Liberty print fabric to consulting on the deign for each scrunchie, to shooting the finished product with my girls I loved every step of it. Being creative in that way feeds a part of my soul that I didn’t realize had been starving.
Starting this fall I have three (and counting!) more brand collaborations I am working on. While I can’t share details yet I can say that each one of the items I am helping design is something that brings me great joy. I am loving working with brands I adore from concept to creation. From a product that is just a dream in my head to something I can hold, photograph and share with all of you. Even if only one person buys them I will still be grateful and fulfilled. The ability to be creative again is satisfaction enough.