I Need This: Judith Light In the Service of Storytelling

Judith LightThis week I neeeeeded this interview with the amazing Judith Light by Linda Holms. If you have sixteen minutes and change, listen to this lovely conversation full of inspiring  gems. Some of my favorite moments:

After more than 40 years in the business she says “I’m finding myself in a very new place, my manager of 36 years has passed away, and I’m in a real process of finding a new way, my new path. And I’m so grateful to be on TransParent because I have a family there that i feel very held and nurtured by…..But it’s a new world for me.”

From Broadway to Soap Opera: “I was making these pronouncements. I had these pictures in my head about what I should be doing and where I should be going and how lofty this life that I was embarking on should be. And I said I would only do theater and feature film, and that’s a really ridiculous thing to make a pronouncement on because at the point in time when I got the soap I was looking at leaving the business. Because it wasn’t working out according to those pictures.

“I didn’t know if the work that I was doing made any kind of a difference. And I kept thinking, ‘how can I find a way to make a difference in the world?’…So the content of my career didn’t matter as much to me as what the context was going to be.”

“I realized this business wasn’t about me, it was about the team, it was about everyone. And it was about the service of storytelling.”

“My disdain for, the way I looked down on certain parts of our business was my problem…When I was there as the understudy I watched how hard they worked and what great actors they were.”

“Ride the horse in the direction it’s going instead of fighting…I want to look at the things that are presented to me and I want to be grateful and respectful and I want to reach more people.”

“I learned how to hear comedy. Comedy is music. It’s math. It’s numbers, it’s what you hear.”



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