Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Self-Interview with Peggy Molloy

Self-Portrait of the Artist

 Self-Interview by
Peggy Molloy

I thought it would be fun to interview myself so here goes!
The questions are from Monster's website written up by a Monster Staff Writer.

ROLE OF HEADHUNTER: Tell me about yourself.

MOLLOY: I just finished a Masters of Science degree with Full Sail University in Business Entertainment. Review of coursework
I live in a hamlet surrounded by Redwood trees, with a wonderful elderly parent and a very loving Great Dane. I am a lifelong learner, I am always taking classes somewhere and I  am an industrious worker.

ROLE OF HEADHUNTER:   What are your strengths?

MOLLOY: I am resourceful, independent, artistic and brave.
Molloy with pet Dane

ROLE OF HEADHUNTER:  What are your weaknesses?

MOLLOY:  I get bored easily and I enjoy talking too much.

ROLE OF HEADHUNTERWhy do you want this job?

MOLLOYI want to work with others on projects that enlighten & educate via the visual & performing arts.  The strength of our society is its ability to problem solve and create new technologies and artistic methods, currently we are having a digital renaissance in the film and music industries.

ROLE OF HEADHUNTER:  Where would you like to be in your career five years from now?

MOLLOY:  Producing operas & ballets, creating special events for charities, embarking on my efforts as a philanthropist.  I highly value the individual voice, and treasure the live performing skills some people are blessed to have. The arts are our ancient global language. My new website features the
idea of how high tech meets high touch.

ROLE OF HEADHUNTER:  What's your ideal company?

MOLLOY:  Being an entrepreneur since I was a child, I plan to begin marketing the arts online. However, I have witnessed many fine leaders in my life, including my dad.  I once worked for Tiffany & Co., I thought they did an excellent job of customer service through manifesting enduring relationships. I  I loved the minimalist window displays and high quality of merchandise. (2002, Palo Alto store)

In my youth, which I lost to the ballet studio...I spent a summer with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, as a "dancer-on-the-green". In retrospect, I can say it was a great experience and I met such wonderfully, talented people. (1972, Margaret Davis, married name)
ROLE OF HEADHUNTER:  What did you like least about your last job?

MOLLOY:  My last "real job" (I currently have two part-time jobs) was tedious in that I was being micro-managed. I recall stating that "I manage myself" when it was disclosed that there was no acting manager. There was an owner, and a busy-body, and they would gossip with the rest of the staff.
I hate gossip on the job, I hate being micro-managed having worked for some of the finest jewelry firms in the country, so it was difficult for me to be in an environment where there were no clear boundaries of responsibility, no policies in place for problems, and a general lack of education and lack of respect for education, about how contemporary business is run. I only give advice when I am asked.  I was not asked, so I finally wrote a resignation letter, or two, or three, and made a gracious exit. I did not respond with rudeness and I did not leave immediately, I gave a month of notice, and did my best to maintain respectful relationships throughout the engagement.  (Trained in pearl & diamond grading, colored stones, gems & metal identification, 1996-2001)

ROLE OF HEADHUNTER: If I were your supervisor and asked you to do something that you disagreed with, what would you do?

MOLLOY:  I would perform the task requested and if I didn't appreciate how I had been treated, meaning I believed I had been set up for failure to make the "superior" look good, I would stealthily watch to see if this were a single incident or was this behavior going to become a pattern. I would not confront. As my dad would explain, "Honey, you can't change people, just do your best to get along and not make things worse".  I might discuss it privately with my supervisor behind closed doors. 
Newsflash, some managers just don't listen, even to themselves! If fraudulent or immoral, I would resign.  I feel no obligation to change anything, except by being a role model. I do not evangelize...
I have discovered many people in authority positions are often thin-skinned and cannot accept criticism no matter how well intended it is, therefore, unless someone asks me for my opinion, I keep it to myself.  In general, my professional and personal behavior is based upon principles. So few people think like this, I have given up attempting to communicate it, except of course, in my own blog.

ROLE OF HEADHUNTER: How do you respond to romance on the job?

MOLLOY:  I abhor this new "friends with benefits" routine.  I was taught to never fish off the company dock, if you need this explained to you, I'm sorry for you. I will sometimes socialize with co-workers, but in general I keep to myself,...besides there is always a novel excerpt to be written, a song to be captured on a napkin at a restaurant, or a new artist to speak with about their work. In sum, I am very square, particularly about married co-workers. If they are willing to cheat on their spouse, i.e. their best friend, then they will certainly cheat on me! I am old-school, I dress very modestly, and believe women will be treated the way they dress. If you want men to respect you, then behave like a mini Queen Elizabeth. If you want women to respect you,  I don't know what to do. 

ROLE OF HEADHUNTER:  Why did you not pursue a musical career?

MOLLOY:  I found the music industry environment very sexist. Whenever I explained I composed music or had music in my head that I needed help with to notate,  I was basically laughed at and/or dismissed. There were no women professors in music departments that I could see, and the young men I knew in the musical field, usually wanted a secretary or baby-sitter. I would end up being married to a musician who ignored my talent. I do not smoke mariujana or nicotine, and I never auditioned on the couch, so I knew I would never fit in with the "scene"...It is very different now, and I am happy to see young women excel within the music industry. Female composers may have a new role in the future. I hope so.

ROLE OF HEADHUNTER:  Do you think your state of chosen isolation helped contribute to your composing efforts?

MOLLOY:  My songs came out all at once in the middle of the night, forgive me, like a burp. It was totally involuntary. It began when I was living in Montreal, Quebec in a former Lord's manor, then a convent with quarters for out-of-town girls. I was studying dance at the time. We were also being given piano lessons as part of our dance teacher curriculum. There was a piano in a small library above the chapel. "Singing With Myself" is how I describe my studio work creating my own songworks in the 70's. MeeMee & Mee & Mee reflects the many faces of Peg. I cannot read or write music so the only way to archive the songs was to sing them, then harmonize with myself.  I have participated in many choirs throughout my lifetime, but I learn auditorily, matching the pitch vocally and memorizing  musical sequences. I love formal, classical choral works. The Requiem Mass in particular. I love the opera and once toured the northeast with the Opera Company of Boston, now defunct.

Having written a musical that is seeking production "Miss-Placed: The New York Years".  
My budget is $247K, having created a gantt chart to detail the costs in terms of time and money. When considering the opportunity costs, I chose another route to work within the framework of the arts. That was a rude awakening! Perhaps someday my piece will be considered historical commentary.
It is to be danced, so it really is a dancers show, I have my dear friend Clover Mathis engaged as the choreographer. We worked together in Boston in the Danny Sloane Modern Dance Company.