Lucy was asked to guest-lecture at NYU yesterday, so we took her on her first trip to Manhattan. She found Broadway at rush hour to be dazzling, and it returned the favor:
We were invited by Cindy Chupack, the head writer for “Sex and the City” and author of the Between Boyfriends Book, who is teaching a class in the television department on How to Succeed in TV Writing. She should know, she’s one of the best.
Quick aside note to my friends from high school: Cindy was recently engaged to Ian Wallach, whose brother is Corey Wallach – who starred alongside all of us in Norfolk Academy’s production of “Camelot.” He was Lancelot, I was King Pellinore. The world is small, but unknowable, yes?
Anyway, Lucy fell asleep during the first few minutes of class (just like I always did) so we had to take over and tell our jaunty tales of life in the TV industry. It’s amazing how many little pieces of advice you can dole out, and equally amazing how useless they all are unless you know somebody who can get you a meeting. Still, there are about five major potholes to avoid, and I thought we represented them well.
Cindy reminds me a little of Jill McCorkle, one of my favorite teachers in the world. At Carolina, Jill would give us a quick rundown of things to eschew in our writing, but she always summed things up by saying that we could do whatever we wanted as long as it was original, exciting, and good. She taught by positive feedback only, and gave us a sense of the possible, rather than bumming us out with faint praise and crochety reality. I will always be indebted to her for that. Cindy seems to share that quality.
The class was psyched we brought our 14-day-old to school (although our pediatrician wouldn’t be) and I think we showed them that there is Life After Baby, which is something I never believed when I was 21.
Lucy didn’t get to say anything in class, but boy was she full of opinions when we got home. Yeesh!