I first started working with Marina in July 2009. I still lived in New York full time, I was ‘trying’ to be an actor and one of my deepest desires was to be able to spend 6 months of the year in India with my family – my dreams were big. Naturally I had no idea what I was doing, I had no plan — I was running from audition to audition, class to class, and agent to agent and naturally I was frustrated with the results. I wanted to act and write screenplays and live in India but it seemed like it wasn’t ever going to happen.
Then I met Marina. She helped me figure out exactly what I needed to do. First she correctly diagnosed my fear of failure – I was so afraid of not ‘making it’ that I wasn’t really trying very hard. Marina forced me to start small. I had to come up with achievable goals and put a schedule together so I could achieve them. Then I had to simply sit down and do the work. We started with a blog once in three weeks, moved to a full-length one-woman show within a year, then a second show two years later, then I moved to India, wrote my first book, started a bi-monthly column with the Times of India and a weekly radio show in Mumbai. Marina also pushed me to keep up with Shugs&Fats
a web series I co-created out of New York. I was flying to New York, shooting through the jet lag and then flying back home. Not to brag too much (!) but the series won a Gotham Award and was screened at TriBeCa Film Festival. What! So yea - whenever I am tired and want to give anything up – be it my blog, or a show or my web series – I call Marina who then forces me to re-look at my schedule. She never lets me be a baby. I always have to find the time to do the work and she always holds me accountable.
What I am most grateful for is that Marina thinks about my career every day. She comes up with ideas for how I can move forward, what the next steps should be, who I should be trying to contact. She understands me at a deeper level than anyone I have ever worked with in the past — taking in to consideration my strengths, weaknesses and fears before recommending a course of action.
Everyone should be as lucky as I was — run, don’t walk, to Marina. Before she came along I was ‘trying’ a lot of different things – now I am doing them. And before I do anything I simply as ‘wtf would Marina do?’
Comedian and writer