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3Ws – Lisa Scottoline

Lisa Scottoline--Credit April Narby

What do you create?

I think I create stories that inspire, intrigue, terrify, rivet, and ultimately uplift people. I write fiction and nonfiction, and to me, my goal is the same in both, which is all of the above.

 

Why do you create?

I create because of the reason I said above, I create to inspire people and help them believe that they can overcome the obstacles in their life. I say this because I’ve written about thirty novels and in everyone an ordinary man or woman is faced with an unusual situation, but one that could occur, and they have to overcome it, simply by dint of will, intelligence, resilience, or bravery. I think ordinary people have a great deal of bravery that they don’t acknowledge, particularly women. And I hope that if I keep telling stories like this and people keep reading them, they will understand that they’re just like the main characters and that they can do anything!

 

What do you consume?

I love living in the time we do because I feel as if I consume everything. I read very widely and all across genres, both fiction and nonfiction. I love all kinds of movies, and see at least one a week, and I watch all kinds of television shows. I’m truly a junkie of pop culture in that way, and I love opera so I get to live opera as often as I can, if not go see the opera movies that the Metropolitan Opera is broadcasting. I feel as if I’m consuming story all the time and I truly believe that it helps me write my novels and nonfiction memoirs, which I write with my daughter, Francesca Serritella.

 

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3Ws – Miranda Sajdak

Miranda Sajdak Headshot 1 with fence

What do you create?

I create movies, mostly. And scripts for TV and movies. Pretty much anything to do with the film and TV industries, I’ve probably had a hand in creating at some point, ranging from reality TV to feature films. Anything that allows me to tell stories for the screen.

 

Why do you create?

Great question, but this one is a little harder to verbalize. It almost feels too easy to say “because I couldn’t do anything else,” but every time I’ve had that moment of “what if I did this other, easier job?” I’m somehow pulled back to entertainment. After a certain amount of time invested, it’s not really a choice anymore – it becomes a compulsion. So, to fully answer the question, I create, because I couldn’t do anything else.

 

What do you consume?

Too much TV – mostly from the UK or Denmark. Films, usually with a female lead or major character. Food – I’m a foodie, so all kinds. Ideas – whether from something I’ve read or heard or seen. And writing: books, scripts, plays. Tons of writing.

 

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GoFundMe:  gofundme.com/MirandaDirects – currently fundraising for my next directing project, a diverse action film with a great cast.

Snapshot – Final Version from Miranda Sajdak on Vimeo.

3Ws – James Comtois

Comtois photo

What do you create?

Plays, mostly. Or to be more specific, scripts — I usually need a lot of help getting the scripts turned into full productions of plays. From about 2000 until about 2013, I co-ran a theatre company in New York called Nosedive Productions with our mutual pal Pete Boisvert. Through Nosedive, we staged several of my plays, which was a great deal of fun. I’ve recently stepped away from producing so I can just be a playwright for a little while. That may change in the future, but for now, I really like just being the chef (rather than the chef, the server, the maître-d’ and the busboy).

Most recently, my play, Monkeys, was staged in Chicago by the theatre company Random Acts and has been published by Chicago Drama Works.

 

Why do you create?

Wow, good question. I’m not sure I can provide a coherent answer to that. I’d like to say I create because it’s fun, but that’s a touch disingenuous (it can be absolutely grueling). I’d also like to say I create because it’s rewarding, but that’s not always the case (although it certainly can be at times). And I can’t even pretend to say I create for the money (even though those royalty checks are as welcome as those checks you get from your grandmother on your birthday). So why on earth do I do this?

I mean, I guess I ultimately create because…well, what else am I going to do?

 

What do you consume?

Wow. Lots of stuff, from TV to movies to podcasts to music to Snickers bars. My doctor would very much like me to cut back. On the Snickers bars, I mean. I don’t think he cares one bit about my TV binge-watching.

 

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