Planetary scientist by day, sitcom writer by night.
When I first signed up for OKCupid in 2011, one of the questions I answered was "Who do you think was smartest on this list?" As a scientist, my initial response was Einstein, but after I thought about it, I realized that Shakespeare should be my actual answer. That's because another scientist would have eventually derived the laws of relativity, but who knows if anyone else would have ever written something like Hamlet?
So that helped me to realize that I should stop putting off my own writing aspirations, and I started writing whenever I could, specializing in TV sitcom pilot scripts. Ironically, I did well enough in contests (such as http://launchpad.tracking-board.com/profile/asminpathare/) that about a year later I stopped using OKCupid because I needed to focus all my free time on becoming a better writer so that I could land an agent.
Which, this past January, I finally did! And a pretty powerful agent at that! (He's sold four shows that are now in syndication, including Will & Grace.)
All because of how I answered a match question on OKCupid...
Most of the movies that I love are more modern, but my absolute favorite is Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Either one.
(You can find mentions of other TV shows and films that I like on my twitter feed @Queue_Tips)
The two podcasts that I listen to the most are "Scriptnotes" and "I Seem Fun: The Diary of Jen Kirkman Podcast."
Some of my favorite albums are Stankonia, American Idiot, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Achtung Baby, and INXS' Kick. Yes, I know, they're all pretty mainstream. Morning may become eclectic, but I am so not a morning person.
By the way, I've been on a real health kick for the last two months, exercising on average 2+ hours a day so that I can remove the "little extra" body type label and go back to "average"-- I'm about halfway there.
Most of that exercise is on the bike, though I do play full-court basketball once or twice a week. I would love to add another regular activity to my exercise mix, so it would be great to find someone interested in tennis or volleyball (both of which I haven't played in years, but would love to start up again).
One of the things I didn't quite appreciate before I started pursuing a comedy writing career is how much networking I would need to do.
So typically I'll go out at least 2-3 times a week to (1) attend a Writers Guild panel or alumni group entertainment mixer; (2) see a friend's play/sketch show/improv group/standup act; or (3) watch current movies (even dramas, which as a comedy writer I have to keep up on in order to make fun of). Not to mention the multiple writers groups I'm in...
(1) Apparently, I am "kind of a braggart"-- clearly, I need to work much harder on the art of the humblebrag. (2) My comments are sometimes "presumptuous." That's because I often find it more interesting to talk about the least "objectively" cool item on someone's list of favorites when I message them. The tone I'm aiming for is "playful teasing," but that doesn't always come across. (3) My writing style is a little impersonal because of my proclivity for "writing a numbered list." Yeah, that's pretty much spot on.
So if none of the above are deal-breakers, and if you can forgive their possible usage in any message I may have already sent you, then by all means you should message me back!