An Interview with Tracey Wigfield, Betabrand Model, Writer/Producer on “The Mindy Project” and “30 Rock”.
Tell us about yourself. Who are you? What about your career are you most proud of so far?
I’m a writer and producer for “The Mindy Project”. Before that I wrote and produced “30 Rock”. My proudest career moment was when I won an Emmy for co-writing the series finale of “30 Rock” with Tina Fey. My least proud was today when I ate a potato chip off the writers’ room floor.
When did you first know you were funny? Can you recall the moment and how it made you feel? Why did you choose to pursue comedy as your career?
When I was a little my best friend and I used to make comedy videos and then screen them to a captive audience of our parents and siblings. When you’re a kid, making adults laugh is the best thing ever.
What is your greatest daily challenge? Reward?
Comedy writing, like any creative job, requires a lot of focus and mental energy. There are some days when I feel tired or grouchy or lazy and forcing myself to sit down and do it anyway can be a challenge. The best part about working in a collaborative environment with other writers is if you are having a bad day, you can lean on them and let their positive energy lift you up. My greatest reward is the satisfaction of having created something out of nothing. JK, it’s the money.
What was your experience wearing Betabrand? How does your profession echo our brand’s mantras of crowdsourcing ideas and beta testing their potential?
Comedy writing is very collaborative. In the writers room we spend all day talking and pitching on each other’s ideas. I firmly believe that nothing one person comes up with is ever going to be as good as something that a bunch of brains build together. Crowdsourcing clothing ideas is sort of like working in a writers room, except instead of pitching on a joke you’re pitching on pants.
What advice would you give to anyone seeking to find their own path —career, or otherwise?
Look at what you loved to do when you were ten years old and see if you can get a job where you do a version of that.
What are you passionate about outside of comedy? What do you do on your free time?
I like taking naps and watching garbage television shows about wedding dresses or murder. Is my life empty? Should I have children?
Tell us how you really feel about Rubber Chickens.
I prefer the real thing in nugget form.
Follow Tracey on twitter @TraceyWigfield!
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