Hey, Eliza. Could you introduce yourself?
Hello! My name is Eliza Martin Simpson.
Who’s your number one most played artist right now?
Big Bang. They’re KPOP.
I’ve been sleeping on KPOP. I’m definitely going to check them out.
Cool. How do you spend your free time?
Fair. Enough. Let’s get down to the thick-of-it then: tell me about the project you’re working on at Town.
Mother Line Story Project is a storytelling platform for female-identifying writers. Each participant creates a monologue in the voice of her maternal ancestor. Think Vagina Monologues meets Ancestry.com. We are holding workshops at Town and building up to a shared performance.
What excites you most about it?
The work that comes out of Mother Line Story Project is always unique, specific, and powerful. Town fosters confidence in art and empowers artists. I can’t wait to see the supercharged baby that will come out of this coupling.
Is there a moment you can point to where you called yourself an artist and fully believed it for the first time?
I’m still defining that. I don’t know if I’ll ever pin it down, but I do think that pursuing that moment is the job of the artist.
I love that concept—being an artist is a pursuit and not an identity. Well, what motivates you to keep going?
I genuinely like hearing stories.
And you get straight to the point! Any other projects in the works?
YUP. I’m also an actor and a dialect coach. I’ve got a couple of exciting projects in the works
Have you ever wanted to be a starving artist?
I did. I was. I don’t anymore. And I’m not.
Your spirit animal is:
How can your fans follow your career?
Stay perfect. Thank you again. Any questions for me?
Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?
Yes. Yes it did.
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