Talking to real people about their stories was invaluable training for what I do now as "reality" producer
EVP Programming, Truly Original. I am currently executive producing: The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of Potomac, Don't Be Tardy, Shahs of Sunset, and Summer House, all for Bravo.
I have also proudly produced The It Factor, Engaged & Underage, and Princesses: Long Island. I love what I do.
How did you come to do what you do?
I watched a lot of TV but I loved movies. I studied filmmaking in college, and after graduating, I was looking for a film production job when I met a TV producer who hired me as her assistant. I went on set with her and I also scoured newspapers, magazines, book galleys, etc. looking for real stories to tell as scripted TV movies. Talking to real people about their stories was invaluable training for what I do now as "reality" producer.
What is your favorite Jewish holiday or tradition?
My favorite Jewish holiday is Passover and the Seder. It's all about the storytelling, although this year our family Seder was abbreviated beyond recognition! I also love symbolism and a gorgeously set table.
What is your favorite food that you associate with Judaism?
I honestly don't have an affinity for Jewish food. I've never outgrown my childhood distaste for gefilte fish, chopped liver, and kasha varnishkas. However, I never met a matzo ball I didn't like.
What is your earliest memory of being Jewish?
It must have been when I was about 7 or 8 at my grandparents' for Passover. I drank some wine and went into the bathroom and looked in the mirror and thought "I'm drunk!" After that I suppose I was most connected to my Jewish roots when I was 10 and went to Israel. My most recent connection to my Jewishness was when I "wrote" a Hebrew letter in the Torah with a scribe. Suddenly I was crying tears of joy. I was (and still am) quite shocked by how moved I was by this, but I deeply felt a very strong connection to our forefathers/foremothers and our covenant.
How do you incorporate Judaism into your daily life?
These days my Judaism is expressed in the form of planning my son's Bar Mitzvah in Israel.
Of his own volition, he has a very strong Jewish identity. A lot of planning is going into it and I'm excited to see him in his element.