TGGC #75: Doing the work is the "secret" to being creative with Mara Wilson

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You might recognize Mara Wilson from her roles in Matilda, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Miracle on 34th Street.

She’s recently released a memoir called Where Am I Now? and we sat down to chat about the creative process, managing mental health issues, and our obsessions with teen dramas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this episode we talk about

  • The freelance work and creative projects that Mara is spending her time on these days
  • Why voiceover acting is the only kind of acting she wants to do these days
  • What Mara’s creative process looks like
  • How she decided what was going to go into her book
  • The evolution of her love of storytelling and why telling our stories is so important
  • How the media that we consume impacts how we think and express ourselves
  • What makes a great story and how to tell one in conversation
  • The difference between a story and an anecdote
  • Reconstructing your memories in order to write memoir
  • Mara’s journey to being diagnosed with OCD at age 12 and how her diagnosis impacted how she felt about herself
  • Removing the expectation that we need to be happy all of the time
  • How Mara is managing her anxiety within the difficult political climate

 

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