Some things I love: Oysters with champagne, 10-mile walks, traveling without reservations, having time to read and paint, my family, my work. I’m certainly not doing what I expected to 10 years ago. But I think I’m much happier because I found a way to make money doing something that people seem to appreciate; something I feel is making a difference in some way.
Speaking to a college hospitality class last week, a student asked me about my career path. Recounting it, I was struck by how absurd it sounded. When I graduated college, I only wanted to act. Out of necessity, I learned the basics of graphic design to support myself and landed a temp job customizing sales presentations for a ladies’ magazine. After meeting Oscar-winning actress Joan Allen and being told she’d been a temporary secretary until she was 35, I went on kind of an anti-theater bender. I took up improv, performed in comedy festivals, started playing rugby.