My Native Admission Statement: When I was a little kid, I told everyone I wanted to be “an actor and comedian and writer and musician and director” and people told me to pick one. I have not, I will not, I do not. I do them all and I do them well and I’m so proud I did right by little kid me. Creator of comedy show Tinder Live. Author of How To be Alone: If You Want To And Even If You Don’t. Frontperson in the band It Was Romance.
Inspiration for the business idea, and your vision for the Business?
All of my projects really focus on my lifelong want to make art that really connects people and makes them feel happier and lighter and less alone, less weird or less “other” because that’s the only kind of art I’ve ever loved and to be able to make that as well is the best. Tinder Live was born out of an extreme frustration with modern dating, dating apps, and shitty hookup culture. Every Tinder Live show is so cathartic for people, not only because it’s totally improvised, so anything can happen, but also because it’s so so funny, which is its own huge release, and because so many people are frustrated by online dating and feel like the last person on earth who wants something great. Even if you’ve been married a long time you remember how awful dating was, so it’s this great combination of improv comedy, laughing til you’re crying, and realizing you’re not alone because lots of people are coming across the exact same weirdos online that you are. How To Be Alone came about because I had never seen myself reflected truly in books before. Most people’s stories of hardship included their family being so supportive, or them getting married and that fixing everything, and neither is true for me. I wanted to write a book that talked about not having the perfect, or any, family, and going through life without any safe support systems or love or fallback plan or place to turn, because I hadn’t seen that talked about before. And I took a leap of faith that there were other people who were desperate to know they weren’t the only ones who were facing that, and I found out I was right. We’re out there.