I am from Connecticut and I am the youngest of six. I have four brothers and one sister. My two oldest brothers were adopted, so adoption is very natural and celebrated in my family. My parents adopted because my mother thought she wasn’t able to have children – and then she had four! To this day, my family still calls me “Boo”, a nickname I got when I was a baby that has stuck for all these years. My siblings Peter, Chris, Sarah, Joe and Tom were (and are) my teachers, my protectors, my supporters — and as adults we are still close. My parents, Vincent and Sally, were both scientists and dedicated to their work, but they were also very engaged as parents. My mother especially always wanted us outdoors and playing sports, often with her. Soccer, tennis, baseball, swimming, rowing, basketball – you name it, she played it. She wasn’t like other mothers, and I loved her for it.
Education was extremely important to both my parents, and they were always encouraging us to think and be curious about the world. I would make every effort to give your child an upbringing that was as nurturing as mine was.
I have spent my adult life in New York City, working as a film producer. I feel extraordinarily lucky to have found a profession that I genuinely love. I spend my time interviewing people, and collaborating with other creative minds and it really does not feel like a “job”.
One of the best things about living in a city as diverse as New York is the collection of friends I’ve made over my two decades here. I have lived alone for most of that time, yet I have never felt lonely. I fill my time with small dinner parties, long walks, film screenings, museum outings, park picnics, and in the past few years I’ve been taking cello lessons. I’m not great, but getting better!
Living in New York City, I have made so many wonderful friendships.
Writers, journalists, teachers, filmmakers — my friends are a talented, dynamic and diverse bunch. All of us are on different journeys through relationships, careers, and parenthood but we all rely on each other for support and…just general laughter and joy.
As you can probably tell, I have a pretty full life, and I can expose your child to a life filled with diverse people, experiences and activities. But – I also fully intend to encourage whatever talents or interests your child may develop on his or her own, even if they are different from mine.