What it’s like to be me:
WHAT IT’S LIKE TO GO ON A DATE WITH ME:
WHAT IT’S LIKE TO PIE AN ACADEMY AWARD WINNER IN THE FACE:
WHAT IT’S LIKE TO HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS:
What do you mean I’m “not like other only children”?
Growing up, and even into my adult life, this was a refrain I often heard. I was pleased, I liked the idea of being unique (only child, remember). But it did make me ask the question: What’s an only child supposed to be like? How do people know what to look for in this group of people? A term like this holds such a specific touchpoint in our minds, but how is it that we have managed to subconsciously cultivate these roles for people and expect certain things before really getting to know or understand them?
These aspects of persona and character were part of what drew me to my first career in film. As a child, seeing lives and worlds foreign to me served as a significant introduction to new characters from new worlds. That being said, the entertainment industry is filled with tropes and characters molded to be familiar to what the audience expects. A job in casting furthered this idea, bringing in hundreds of analogous actors to give a standard performance. While I enjoyed my time working in the film industry, there was a sense that, at best, what I was doing was not furthering cultural conversations. At worst, it was furthering stereotypes.
The discovery of the strategic world was an exciting one; I would get to engage with the characters I had been casting and the worlds I had been building. I’ve always seen my role in the industry as an attempt to continue this journey; to better understand people. There’s no finish line in sight on this one.
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