Starting this week, we will be profiling our network’s members, starting with Chrstine Siracusa. Christine is a Brooklyn blogger with two kids. In her blog, Quasi Agitato, she transcribes the high and low notes of returning to a theatre career without dropping the ball on any of the aforementioned responsibilities. We love following her adventures. She’s quirky, optimistic, opinionated and most of all, a culture vulture like us. We loved spending 5 minutes with Christine and here’s what we found out about her, her blog, her passion, motherhood and more.
MamaDrama: Tell us about your blog. When did you start writing and what do you write about?
Christine: I started my blog, Quasi Agitato, in March of 2010 mostly because I was…well…agitated. And I was sick of being agitated all the time. I thought if I could look for the source and make some sense out of it, maybe it would dissipate. And writing seemed like a good way to both dive into it and get on top of it. I think I defined it in my first post as listening for the other notes in the chord. I knew they were there. I just couldn’t hear them.
I write about my life which, since having children, seems to race from transition to transition. It’s a bit disorienting. I need to write to keep track of where I’ve been, where I’m going, and to have a sense that it’s not just all flying by willy nilly. I also write to keep my finger on the pulse of my sense of humor. It disappeared for a few years. They were not happy years.
MamaDrama: How has being a mother changed your life?
Christine: Wow. Motherhood is a loaded topic for me. I love my children. I love being their mom. I can’t imagine my life without them. But “motherhood,” in my experience, leaves a lot to be desired. I think our country really discounts not only motherhood, but parenthood. I felt really isolated. As an actress, who (for better or worse) looks outsidefor validation, that was really hard for me to deal with. I also think it’s misguided and short-term thinking and harmful for our society. But I won’t go there. Or will I?That said, it’s changed my life only for the better. Because it’s changed the way I look at my life. And my self. I’m much more open to life being a work-in-progress than I was before I had children. It’s less scary to me to fail, now, because I believe I’ll get another shot. And when it’s less scary to fail…there are more opportunities to succeed. I never would have learned that if I hadn’t been trying to instill it in my children. And one day I said, “Hm. Why does that only apply to them?”
MamaDrama: What is your vision of motherhood?
Christine: My vision is really for parenthood. An equally shared venture. Valued and supported by our government. One that puts children first. I know there are some families that have found this. But it shouldn’t be so exceptional. Or so complicated.
MamaDrama: What have you learned about yourself through your writing?
Christine: I’ve learned that I enjoy sharing my thoughts and questions, my self basically, more than I ever thought I would. I’ve always considered myself an introvert. Happy to be on my own. But I’ve discovered the joy in sharing and the confidence that comes along with that. I feel I have something to add to the conversation. That is pretty new for me.
MamaDrama: How important has your blog been for you?
Christine: It’s been very important. It’s been invaluable in helping me hone my skills as a relatively new writer. I’m writing a play based on my experience of motherhood and my blog has helped me work through and clarify a lot of the points I want to bring to the script. It’s also greatly expanded my sense of being a part of a community. This is kind of related to my answer to the previous question in that I’ve always under-rated the value of support. Both the giving of it and the receiving. It’s pretty major.
MamaDrama: What are some of the topics or causes you champion?
Christine:Hmmm. Not too much right now. I want to focus on that more come September.My heart goes toward advancing policy changes that support parents.
I also can’t shake this story I heard on NPR about “acid throwing” in Pakistan. The victims are most commonly women although there’s been an uptick of cases against men recently. The acid is usually thrown by a spouse or other close family member as a punishment for a perceived transgression. It’s a fairly common practice, believe it or not. I’d like to find a way to help somehow. There’s a documentary called Saving Face I want to see that may give me an idea of where to start.
MamaDrama: What’s in store for you and your blog in the upcoming year?
Christine: I’m not entirely sure. I’m attending Pathfinder Day at BlogHer 2012. I bet that will provide some inspiration.
I also want to finish my play and work on re-building my performing career. That should keep me pretty busy
MamaDrama: Lastly, your favorite theater memory.
I have many. But my favorite is also my first. Seeing “Annie” on Broadway when I was nine years old. There was this little girl, about my age, with the same kind of hair, dancing and singing and bringing down the house. She seemed so alive. I was completely enthralled. And still am.
Stay tuned for more 5 Minutes with….next up: Sarah Fader from Old School New School Mom.