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Tell us a little bit about yourself and you got into writing, producing and directing.
Growing up, I was a very poor student and never thought of myself as a writer. In my wildest dreams, I never imagined that I’d be making a comedy series which BuzzFeed would compare to Curb Your Enthusiasm and Louie or that I’d be trying to crowd-fund from my audience. Visual art was gentle and slow and solitary. It came to me naturally. As soon as I got out of college, I saved up money from waitressing and went to Paris to live in a maid’s room, so I could study at the Beaux-Arts. I wanted to learn to draw like Leonardo da Vinci.
A few years later, as a graduate student at the Mason Gross School of Rutgers, I was studying to be a sculptor and making what the second year students referred to (derisively) as “free-standing monoliths”. Goaded by their ridicule, I was determined to figure out conceptual and performance art: fortunately, the performance artist Joan Jonas came out to visit for a day as a living example of what a smart and driven woman artist could do.
I eventually, put together a performance but it nearly killed me. The logistics were very difficult between the 8mm film, the slide show, the audio track of “American Birdsong: Volume 2″ and five or six of my classmates in drag. And then once it was over, there was only a poor- quality video record. What I loved about performance was that it had the three dimensions of sculpture plus the possibility for written and spoken words and performers, and that all of this could take place in time. (more…)