Ha! Well first of all, I think every person should have to do two things in life: wait tables and do 3 minutes of stand up. There is something so uniquely humbling and yet empowering about both of those careers- they both helped to form the foundation in how I approach agenting and quite frankly, life.
Rogues: When you were ten years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Rogues: What made you decide to become an agent?
Well, I was stepping back from acting, just wasn’t feeling the buzz I used to, and I was brushing my teeth, telling my newly wedded husband how I didn’t feel like I had a particular direction and he said, “You should be a literary agent.” And I said, “What? Why?” And he said, “What are your two favorite things?” And I said, “Reading and telling people what to do.”
And the rest is history.
Rogues: Describe your very first car.
It was a silver mustang…which was gifted to me on my 16th birthday and then… 4 days later I totaled it in an accident that was my fault. No one got hurt, but I was terrified to drive ever again. I basically refused to get in a car unless I had to. A few days later my dad came home with a shitty little Plymouth Horizon hatchback he paid 2oo bucks cash for and said, “Get behind the wheel and go around the block. Now.”
I shook the whole way, prob never topped 10mph, but I did it. Because of that lesson I have always viewed mistakes as such important fulcrums from which to learn and pivot- and to always, no matter the fear, get back behind the wheel.
Rogues: What’s your favorite drink?
I know I am supposed to say something pithy like, “Yes.” Or “Anything distilled.” But really my favorite drink is whatever one I am having across from someone I adore.
Rogues: Do you have a literary hero? A teacher, mentor, family member, author?
I probably quote Mary Oliver at least once a week. Whenever I feel a little untethered, I open one of her books and read one of her poems and it somehow seems to be EXACTLY what I needed in that moment.