Episode 11

Published on:

24th May 2023

Outside the comfort zone in Richard Linklater's Boyhood Pt 1

Hey there, lovely listeners!

Welcome to another episode of "Confessions of an Aging Ingénue." I'm your host, the Aging Ingénue - Jenni Tooley, and I'm absolutely thrilled to have you with me today.

Before we dive into the juicy bits, let me extend a personal invitation to our confessional sessions every first Wednesday of the month. Join us at jennitooley.com, and who knows, you might just end up in the confessor seat. Now, let's get this show on the road!

Today, I want to share a captivating story from my time in this movie industry, specifically when I was cast in Richard Linklater's "Boyhood." Oh, it's a good one!

Picture this: I had left acting professionally, had my late twenties crisis, walked away, and eventually decided to give it another shot but on my own terms.

Now, here's the twist. My second audition was for Richard Linklater's project spanning twelve years – "Boyhood." A lot of that experience was awkward, but it worked like magic.

Fast forward, and I found myself cast as Annie in "Boyhood." The first year on set was mind-blowing. Talk about jumping into the creative deep end!

The whole experience was magical, challenging, and filled with unexpected moments – like singing a song I learned the day before!

This story from my time on "Boyhood" is a load of adventures and insights so tune in to get the whole story.

I'm Jenni Tooley, your host, signing off. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on today's episode.

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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