What’s most important to you right now?
The health and safety of my family and my friends. I’ve been really really lucky that that has been the case for my inner circle. That’s the thing I most worry about and hope for.
What was most important to you before you had to social distance?
I had work in my field, which is not always common, through the end of August, and overnight that went away. That was very important to me and what was fueling me.
I had two or three projects lined up. One of them, I’m still kind of doing, but doing theater over Zoom is not the point of theater.
What’s the first thing you’ll do when this is over?
I would love to go see a show, go to the theater. I miss that so much. If that’s not possible for a while, I’ll probably just walk for a very long time all over the city. I miss that.
What are you doing to pass the time?
A lot of projects around the house, I’m doing a lot of video editing, learning new skills, cooking a lot. I was given a book of family recipes, so I’ve been slowly checking a few of those off. It’s been kind of nice to be given this gift of time and decide what to do with it. I’ve decided to try to stay productive. I’m still developing one of the theater projects–that was technically cancelled –over Zoom. That’s been keeping me really busy.
What makes you happy right now?
I’m happy that I’m in the situation that I’m in. I’m happy that I have my husband and my pets. I’m aware that that’s a privilege right now.
What would you tell yourself two months ago with the knowledge you have today?
I’m one of those people that buys in bulk, so I had enough toilet paper when all this happened.
It’s going to be such a strange time; sad and hard and weird. There’s been a lot of beautiful things that have come out of it. People doing beautiful things and being humans. Just to remember that and look for the light in all of it.
Things don’t always go to plan. That doesn’t mean it’s not hard or sad, but that’s just what it was supposed to be, and that’s okay.
Hallie G-New York City