You, Me, & Charlie Q&A with Jenna Ushkowitz
Although this is a moment in which I caught Jenna in a pleasant daze, Jenna’s smile makes you want to burst at the seams. Therefore, naturally you want to make her laugh as much as humanly possible. Her sense of humor is a healthy one, so this task is not too difficult. However, it is one that you truly want to exercise. Her laugh is even better, it comes straight from the core. When she is in that moment, you know that she is truly free. This is a brief insight to my beautiful friend, a fun little walk in her head.
YM&C: What day is it?
Jenna: Saturday, around 1:00 pm.
YM&C: Where are you responding to this email?
Jenna: On my couch, in my living room.
YM&C: If you could go somewhere, right now, for 24 hours, where would it be?
Jenna: Only 24 hours?? OK. A remote beach in Fiji. I’d need more time to go to the other places on my list…..Italy, Greece, Paris…
YM&C: What makes you the happiest?
Jenna: The little things. My friends, family, a quiet night on the couch by myself or a fun night out. I feel the happiest when I feel complete. Productive, challenged.
YM&C: What makes you feel inspired?
Jenna: Seeing something beautiful develop when someone tells a story. What I mean, is in reference to when you watch an artist go through a journey, watching them fall and pick themselves back up and rise to the top. Being challenged, being forced
to really think and question.
YM&C: What’s your favorite song to sing?
Jenna: Adele’s cover of “Make You Feel My Love.”
YM&C: What’s your power anthem?
Jenna: Florence and the Machine’s “Shake it Out.”
YM&C: What movie makes you all kinds of happy?
Jenna: Peter Pan.
YM&C: What is one thing that you think people don’t expect from you?
Jenna: To speak up for myself. I used to be a “welcome mat” and I didn’t speak up! So I think a lot of people don’t expect me to confront them, or be honest with my feelings. BUT! I pick my battles. So when I do, I’m sure to be heard.
YM&C: What would you say to your younger self?
Jenna: Don’t take yourself too seriously. Don’t be afraid to make more mistakes and take more risks. Also, don’t forget to look at the bigger picture. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve figured out how to put myself in other people’s shoes. I wish I new that a little earlier. My parents always taught me to appreciate what I have and to “be where you are.” We are always looking towards tomorrow, what’s coming next, especially when I was dying to get out of High School, you know what I’m talking about! I wish I had made it more evident or shared with people that I was truly appreciative of them and what they did. Being adopted gave me a great perspective on things, but that got stronger as I matured. I am so grateful to be adopted. I am so grateful for my parents and being able to be their choice and “gift” in this world. I wouldn’t be where I am without them and the opportunity that I was given. So, to little Jenna, I’d say, “Live in the moment. Appreciate what you have instead of what you could or don’t have.”
YM&C: A picture and a thought?
I took these photos when I was living in the West Village with one of my best friends, Eryn. We got a “grow your own sunflower” as a gift. This little seed grew into this beautiful sunflower over the course of a few months living together.
I was having one of those sideways days where nothing felt or seemed right and this turned my whole day around.
Its the little things.