I've worn many hats - nonprofit consultant, social entrepreneur, start up marketer, stand up comedian - all unified by the goal to help people reach their potential, which I realize is sort of in contradiction to my belief we’re all great just as we are.
Once at a meditation retreat on self acceptance, I asked my hero, Tara Brach, “It seems like I’m here to change so I can accept myself exactly as I am?” It was in that moment in a room full of laughter - ok it wasn't in that moment, but people often boil their life mission down to a instant. But the moment stuck, as many have, as a useful way to tackle the contradictions and struggles of being human: laugh about how complicated it seems. And how 100% of things are 17 times easier said than done. That stat is made up but you get the point.
So now I'm using my social change and entrepreneurial backgrounds to bring together mental health and comedy. Because the world needs more of both. And, as I've discovered in ten years of laughing and crying, mental health and comedy are like bathing and laundry, one without the other and we're still pretty unpleasant to be around. Responsible adults manage our body odor.
Still wondering what I actually do for a "day job"? (which is my second least favorite question to "why aren't you on Facebook?") Check out my projects.
This is me performing at the DC Improv, in case you couldn't tell by the microphone in my hand and large sign behind me.