Episode 12

Published on:

31st May 2023

Boyhood: behind the red carpet

Hello, wonderful listeners!

Welcome back to another episode of "Confessions of an Aging Ingénue." I'm your Aging Ingénue, Jenni Tooley, thrilled to have you here today.

But before we dive into today's episode, I have a special invitation for you. How about joining me in the confessional on Wednesday nights, every first Wednesday of the month? Check it out at jennitooley.com. Who knows, you might even find yourself in the confessor seat!

Now, let's jump into it. For those joining us for the first time, welcome to "Have I Told You About the Time?" This is my unedited, unscripted, and uncensored podcast where I spill the tea on various experiences in my life. Today, I've got a juicy tale for you.

Ever heard of the movie "Boyhood" by Richard Linklater? It's a masterpiece made over twelve years, following the life of a boy as he grows up. In Part Two of my Boyhood adventure, we pick up where we left off in Year Eight.

So fasten your seatbelts.

From the suspense as I wait for updates on my schedule, leading to an unexpected twist. Then comes the release of the movie, the premiere in Austin, and the realization that fame doesn't always align with financial success.

Cue the texts from people recognizing me, the awkward encounters at my restaurant hostess job, and the humbling reality of the industry.

But here's the plot twist – leveraging Boyhood! Discover how this experience became a powerful tool for fundraising and a reminder about the unpredictability of success in the entertainment world.

So, buckle up for a rollercoaster ride through the highs and lows of my Boyhood journey. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on today's episode, so please comment, review, follow, and subscribe. Your engagement keeps our podcast thriving!

Until next time, this is Jenni Tooley signing off. Thanks for being here with me today, and I'll catch you in the next episode. Stay fabulous!

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Confessions of an Aging Ingenue
from insecure ingenue to perimenopausal powerhouse
Go BTS into my creative life/career as I regain my integrity and create a system that aligns with my values and supports an abundant, healthy lifestyle.

It’s taken me decades to find my way back to me. The journey has been messy, out of control and all of the things I feared. I fear them no more. Take these stories as your own.

Imperfect. Unedited. Uncensored.
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Jenni Tooley

Hi! I am Jenni Tooley and I have a lot going on! I tend to go where I am led, am highly adaptable and have a wide variety of transferable skills and talents. This means I have experienced a whole lot so far in life-- I have owned and operated my own cottage bakery, am a trained birth doula, am a yoga teacher, am a professional actor, have worked in non-profit development, launched a web series and just distributed my first feature film, STUCK. Oh! Did I happen to mention I've also been an actor for over 3 decades and played alongside in Richard Linklater's Boyhood? That all sounds amazing- and super woman-ish, right?

What you may not know is that although I am a creative human, I am also a messy one. I've been around lot of blocks and trudged through around and over some of the deepest blocks within myself. I know what it's like to feel stuck- unable to move forward. I know what it's like to be overwhelmed with self-doubt. I know what it's like to feel like I or what I do is never enough. I've spent years trying to "fix" myself. I have a "chick with a stick" in my brain that loves to whack me around whenever I make a mistake, show my imperfections, or am willing to be vulnerable. She thinks she's keeping me safe. But I'm tired of being abused by myself. My "good enough" is actually more than good enough. I don't have to go outside of myself for validation. And being vulnerable is really hot!

I won't claim to have completely overcome all these things-- after all I am human. But I've gotten through them and continue to build myself up rather than break myself down, most days:) Along my journey I have collected so many tools, a whole lot of experience, and have always been (it turns out) filled with wisdom. I am thrilled to be able to share all of this with you! I specialize in holding space for people, deeply listening, and being able to guide people back to the truth of who they are. The process isn't perfect. And I will never claim to have " the only 5 steps you need to fix yourself for good" because in my experience that's a bunch of hoo-ha. And it sets up a situation where if you didn't get fixed you think there must be something wrong with you(I know, I've had that experience).

I'd love to have you join me on this journey! www.jennitooley.com