June 18, 2011

Reluctant Motherhood

Reluctant Motherhood starts at the :53 mark

Behind the scenes of Listen To Your Mother with Heather Curlee Novak...

Heather-LTYMHeather Novak loves her husband John and is the frazzled but grinning mother of five month old Libby and two year old Portia. She has a long theater background from stage to TV commercials and megachurch dramas.

She is a motivational speaker when she is motivated and pretends to run a bit. Heather writes radio commentaries for a local NPR radio station, blogs about living her love at Live Your Love Outloud, and reviews customer service adventures at Customer Service Wanted. She is grateful to God for many blessings in her life and hopes to raise her girls to love God and be kind to all people.

Thoughts from Heather: "I write a lot for NPR radio commentaries and did theater and church dramas up the wazoo but haven't done a show for soooo long.  As you know I thought I'd audition but it never occurred to me I'd get in or that there would be rehearsals, a show, etc!  Call it mommy brain...not thinking past the audition until the day of it.  Must be the 4 month old I had added to the two year old making me dense? (OK denser.)

Stephanie, you had such great energy I was glad just to meet you...actually reading my piece to you got in the way of our energized chatter!  Then when we got together as (most of) a cast I was actually intimidated which is rare.  RARE.  My sad little bit of writing paled in comparison to each of the others...and I didn't mind one bit.  I enjoyed hearing everyone's stories so very much and I look forward to hearing other Mama stories next year."

A little background from Steph: "I first met Heather at the Listen To Your Mother auditions but it felt like we already knew each other. We still believe we must have met before- possibly in passing- it was just one of those things. I am so thankful our paths crossed again. I absolutely loved her piece and her gentle approach with words. We have struck up a friendship since the show and I love how honest we've been with each other since the very beginning. It's actually a reflection of the rare vulnerability I've noticed with each cast member since the show. Such an amazing side effect of our experience, what an awesome surprise."

Every Sunday I'll be featuring a "behind the scenes" of each Listen To Your Mother Valparaiso/NW Indiana piece. You can watch the entire show on the Listen To Your Mother Show you tube channel here or see each piece listed and linked here and here.

Listen To Your Mother photos by Beth Fletcher Photography

1 comment:

  1. loved heather's piece [and her!]...and yes, she does have a gentle approach with words.

    love this behind the scenes. =)


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