Toni Nagy is a writer for Huffington Post, Salon, Alternet, Elephant Journal, Thought Catalog, Muses and Visionaries, Do You Yoga, and her own blog Toni Bologna. She has also written, directed, edited, and produced many short films, and hosts a podcast called The OverShare Show. She is on the board of the Monadnock International Film festival, and chair of the board for an organic farm called Farmer John’s Plot. She owns a dance studio in Brattleboro VT called SoBo Studios, and is an active member of the artistic community. To check out Toni’s latest comedic work, you can watch 5 Reasons Why Feminists Should Vote for Donald Trump.
Wildly Creative: When did you start nurturing your creative life and why?
Growing up I never considered myself a creative person. I was more of a jock. I suck at drawing, and even though I love singing, the sound of my voice is used as a torture mechanism on Game of Thrones. When I went to college I started dancing, and my whole world opened up. My love for movement awakened the creative inside me that was hiding under GAP clothes. 15 years later I own Sobo dance studio, and choreography is one of my true passions in life.
In my 20’s I thought I was more of a businessperson than an artist, but because of some health complications, I entered into a depression. During this time I didn’t know what to do with my life, or how to approach my healing. Because I was spending most of my days at home in front of a computer, I taught myself the movie editing software Final Cut Pro, and started making short films for Youtube. The sadness in my heart translated into wanting to make other people laugh. So I would make spoof videos about “human cheese,” and tampons made from natural and organic baby goats.
When I turned 30 I started writing. I had birthed a baby and was SUPER bored being home with her all day. Wait… sorry that was my auto correct – I mean I was totally emotionally fulfilled and happy. I started blogging about my life, and that has led me into a full time comedy-writing career.
Wildly Creative: How important is living a creative life?
My creative life is important to me because it gives me a true sense of purpose. I love writing, I love dancing, and I love making movies. I never feel like I have enough time to do these things. I don’t look at my watch waiting for my day to end. I love Mondays. I am my happiest when I am creating. My spirit feels light, and full of joy. That is until my mind sinks into the rabbit hole of questioning my “success” and if I will ever “make it big” – that’s when I have a total panic attack and try to flush my head down the toilet. But don’t worry, that only happens once a day.
Wildly Creative: What advice to you have for those trying to lead a wildly creative life?
My advice to those trying to pursue their passions is to know the difference between a hobby and a career. Some of my creative pursuits are hobbies. I don’t expect to make money. I do them for the love, and for my own personal satisfaction. Other creative projects I want to commodify. Yet to make money, you have to understand the business of the art you are entering. That is a whole other beast to conquer. PR, marketing, finances blah blah blah… I just fell asleep. Self- promotion is hard, and it’s own skill. But in today’s postmodern transhumanist world, you have to understand it.
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