Recently I had dinner with dear friends at a great Vietnamese restaurant in Atwater Village, a suburb north of Los Angeles, and the conversation turned to career, being a mom, and how to balance both. We talked about blogging and social media marketing and how the business landscape has changed. I shared my plan to write my first blog and was asked to consider the following question, “…what makes you remarkable? For example, Seth Godin is known as an online marketing guru, what do you want to be known for?” A simple question I thought until I attempted to answer it. Coming from a generalist public relations background with varied interests and experiences, honing in on what makes me remarkable is not something I’ve put a lot of energy or thought into. One would think that as a PR person it would be top of mind. Not so, it’s far easier for me to ascertain a client’s ‘remark-ability’ than my own.
So I went inward. What do I want to be known for? The reason this is a tough question for me to answer is I have many interests so I immediately think, well, how can I be known for just one thing if I can write passionately about many things? I love life, new experiences and am a social being. I could write about motherhood and the Greek Islands with equal enthusiasm. I find human nature intriguing and human behavior even more fascinating. Perhaps it’s my acting training that has me attuned to watching human behavior, at restaurants, in the car, walking the streets, at parties; people are simply fun to watch! I could dedicate a whole blog to the people I saw today from the provocatively dressed lady who walked into the Christian Audigier boutique on Melrose to the spirited 18 year old girl with down syndrome at FedEx Kinkos. There’s a potential story every where you look. So, that’s an option, much like a photo journalist who captures slices of life through photos, I can capture life through words. What else? Storytelling. I have always been passionate about educating, entertaining, and impacting people and making a difference in their lives through stories. Whether a producer, publicist, writer or actor, it’s ‘the story’ that inspires me and the ‘characters’ involved who move me.
Perhaps that’s what I could be known for — telling stories that touches scores of people and making a difference in their lives. Yes, that would be rewarding. It may not be the answer, but it’s a start.