Many moons ago I read Tina Fey’s book Bossypants & of course loved it, laughed, cried, took copious notes, & started contriving ways in which I could meet Tina Fey & tell her how much I look up to her (& have a staring contest because for some reason I think she’d be up for that).
My original plan was to find out where she lives & then secretly mow her yard every week & leave notes with funny jokes or witty comments. Then I realized that she probably doesn’t have a yard if she lives in NYC. No yard. No grass. No mowing.
And since Tina Fey isn’t an avid tweeter like Steve Carell & Lady Gaga, sending 140 character messages to her on occasion (or every day) seemed out of the question.
So I resort to my backup backup plan (okay, maybe this is plan T, because there were a few others in there that I considered. Like freeing all the animals from the zoo & when caught tell the authorities I did it for Tina Fey.)
Here it goes, a public, open letter to Tina Fey:
Dear Tina Fey,
fey \FAY\, adjective: 1. Possessing or displaying a strange and otherworldly aspect or quality; magical or fairylike; elfin. 2. Having power to see into the future; visionary; clairvoyant. 3. Appearing slightly crazy, as if under a spell; touched. 4. (Scots.) Fated to die; doomed.
Since you are apparently doomed, I am writing to share with you how you have touched my life (3) before #4 materializes (what did the Scottish know anyways?!) As someone who wants to be a better improvisor and use improv as a way to educate and entertain the world, I am inspired by you. I am contacting you to a) thank you for being an excellent role model and inspiration, b) ask you for your advice and ongoing mentorship.
Before reading your book Bossypants , I respected your work and admired all you have accomplished, and after finishing your book I learned that we have much in common and consider you a role model. In your book you touch on some of the mentors and role models that helped you learn and grow in improv and life. Similarly, I recognize that having great mentors, like you, will help me learn, grow, and improve my improvisation skills and contribution in the world.
Why mentor me? First, we have a lot in common:
- We both work in male predominant environments. Comedy, tech, venture capital. I know more guys than any other demographic, and a fair majority of those are OWG (old white guys).
- We both had boy haircuts (see photo comparison below)
Tina Fey & Mary Lemmer…Stunning
- We both had a “very skinny time”. You didn’t share any pictures to prove this, but I guess I trust you. I had a very skinny time as well. Here’s a picture of my very skinny time, for some proof, since we just met & you may not trust me yet.
- We have similar makeup regimens. In your book you say “If you’re like me you take 10-12 seconds to put on some eyeliner and mascara. Maybe you throw in 5 seconds of eye shadow if it’s New Year’s Eve”. Yes, Tina, I am like you.
- We both met famous people looking our best. You said “I had my hair in a ponytail and looked my trademark exhausted” when she met Sarah Palin. Sounds like my look when I met Matthew McConaughey (see photo below)
That’s me on the left, with the really good looking hair
Seriously though, why mentor me?
- I’m female and age 23. You mentioned that the fastest remedy for the “Women are Crazy” situation is for more women to become producers and hire diverse women of various ages.
- Improv is in my veins. Discovering improv changed my life & is now something I incorporate into everything I do, from cooking to traveling. I started creating & leading improv workshops to educate & entertain people through improv experiences. Using improv I help people be better communicators, entrepreneurs, cooks, and livers of life.
Though I have learned a significant amount over the past couple years with my improv experiences I know I have a lot to learn. I cannot imagine a better person to learn from than you, someone who inspires and motivates me to change the world with improv.
Here’s your chance to help another motivated, passionate woman who is in your shoes many years ago. Please contact me if you want to eat your own dog food, take your advice, and tackle the “Women are Crazy” situation. If not, I hope our paths cross sometime in the future and we get the opportunity to work together in some capacity, or at least have that staring contest I know you want to have.
Thanks for your time and consideration!