I really feel like if they’d have let me just pace in the back of the classroom while the teacher was talking, I’d have done much better. I have to move. But you know, that’s disruptive for the class, and as a result, there was a ripple effect of having to sit still that found its way into every aspect of my life.
In senior year at college, Paula Vogel was my playwriting teacher; she is the first person to introduce me to the notion that a woman could actually forge a career in the theatre. Up until then, the possibility seemed remote and inaccessible, as I had very few role models who directly touched my life.
I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.