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Inside the Bloggers Studio

January 27, 2015

I was reading a recent post by my girl Amy Juicebox on [now for a word or two] where she answered the Proust questionnaire (a questionnaire about personality made popular by Marcel Proust’s responses in the 19th century), and I was reminded of the show Inside the Actors Studio, hosted by James Lipton on Bravo. The program welcomes actors, directors and writers to discuss their crafts with students of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. Anyone who is anyone in the acting world has graced the stage to converse with James Lipton. Though as a kid, I often found the one-one-one interview portion to be a bit boring, but I always looked forward to James Lipton closing out the interview with 10 simple questions (adapted from French TV personality Bernard Pivot, which was adapted from the Proust questionnaire). I found something very normal and human about the responses – it made many of these famous actors who I saw as in a different stratosphere as me seem so relatable and personable. To this day, I don’t care about the interview portion of Inside the Actors Studio, I only want to know how they answer the 10 questions.

In tradition with ITAS and following Amy Juicebox’s footsteps, I submit to you my answers to the Pivot questionnaire…

What is your favorite word? Hello
What is your least favorite word? Thug
What turns you on? Genuine enthusiasm
What turns you off? Dismissiveness
What is your favorite curse word? Fuck (and all of its derivatives and conjugations)
What sound or noise do you love? Bowing of a string bass
What sound or noise do you hate? A cat in heat
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Theatre acting
What profession would you not like to do? Anything relating to customer service
If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You get me.”

Admittedly, some of the answers took me awhile to think about. I don’t think of some of these things often and I had to scratch my head. For instance, I seriously considered thumbing through the pages of my hard cover dictionary (yes, people still have these – well me and my parents do, anyway) to find words that I didn’t like. Because, if you read my blog you know that I overthink things and I take committing to answering questions very seriously! I can’t help myself. When it came to stating my least favorite word, I didn’t want to pick a word that is just ugly sounding or awkwardly pronounced/spelled. I wanted to identify a word that I truly dislike the meaning or connotation associated with it. Something that made me cringe or roll my eyes when mentioned, regardless of the context.

So in summary, this questionnaire was a bit more stressful than I initially intended this exercise to be. I see why so many actors would sigh and bow their heads when it was time for this segment of the show lol the pressure.

~Gem

How would you answer the Pivot questionnaire?

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13 Comments

  • Reply Amy Juicebox January 27, 2015 at 10:09 am

    ugh. i hate that thug is the new n*gger.

    • Reply Gem January 27, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      completely over- and misused

  • Reply Wu Young, Agent of M.E. January 27, 2015 at 10:22 am

    I need to go answer Amy’s…

    What is your favorite word? Motherfucker
    What is your least favorite word? Real
    What turns you on? a great smile.
    What turns you off? a poor disposition
    What is your favorite curse word? See question number one.
    What sound or noise do you love? silence
    What sound or noise do you hate? a telephone ringing
    What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? writing
    What profession would you not like to do? anything deal with that legal system
    If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “Really, the Raiders?”

    • Reply Gem January 27, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      i love your answers lol theyre so you (or what i know of you, anyway). i especially love your last response 🙂

  • Reply miss t-lee January 27, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Cool post, Gemmie. 🙂

    What is your favorite word? Y’all
    What is your least favorite word? cunt
    What turns you on? Great smile and a genuine nature
    What turns you off? indecision
    What is your favorite curse word? Fuck
    What sound or noise do you love? laughter
    What sound or noise do you hate? That smoke detector low battery beep
    What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Fashion design
    What profession would you not like to do? Anything involving outside, dirt and bugs
    If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “You did a much better job than you thought”

    • Reply Gem January 27, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      thanks teesh!!

      your answers are great! that smoke detector low battery beep is a beyotch – hate it. lol @ dirt and bugs – i was “landscaping” the other day for a service project and when i started digging up worms, i knew it was time for me to find a different way to give back to the community. YUCK!

  • Reply madscientist7 January 27, 2015 at 11:51 am

    What is your favorite word? happy
    What is your least favorite word? nigger/nigga
    What turns you on? i can’t put my finger on one thing. i know it when i see it though.
    What turns you off? arrogance
    What is your favorite curse word? shit
    What sound or noise do you love? piano keys
    What sound or noise do you hate? crying babies
    What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? dentistry
    What profession would you not like to do? nursing
    If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “i know your heart. i’ve been waiting on you. enter.”

    • Reply Gem January 27, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      i too love the sound of piano keys. thanks for sharing.

  • Reply repertoireua January 27, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    What is your favorite word? Dope
    What is your least favorite word? Thug (it’s definitely the new n’word)
    What turns you on? Good Energy
    What turns you off? Dismissiveness (as well)
    What is your favorite curse word? Fuck (and all of its derivatives and conjugations) (as well0
    What sound or noise do you love? Rain
    What sound or noise do you hate? A smoke alarm whose battery is dying
    What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Photographer
    What profession would you not like to do? Anything relating to customer service (as well)
    If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “I was there the whole time.”

    • Reply Gem January 29, 2015 at 5:51 pm

      i have to admit, dope is definitely my favorite adjective. but i feel im starting to get too loose with my dope dealings (heh).

      “I was there the whole time.” man, this! thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Reply Elle January 27, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Ok, I’ll play 🙂

    What is your favorite word? – Cool
    What is your least favorite word? – Moist
    What turns you on? Confidence, a nice smile
    What turns you off? – Selfishness, Bad hygiene, close minded
    What is your favorite curse word? Fuck, Damn
    What sound or noise do you love? – A thunderstorm/ Rain
    What sound or noise do you hate? A fork scraping a plate, a flute
    What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?- Background singer
    What profession would you not like to do? Anything involving animals
    If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “Welcome daughter, I bet you didn’t think you’d make it, huh?”

    • Reply Gem January 29, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      lol @ moist – i know quite a few people who hate the word. and i’d be lying if i said i didnt say it just to see them have a melt down lol.

      i can see you as a background singer. flawless make-up, shimmying and gyrating to the music lol.

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