Spotlight on Samantha Schultz

by admin on March 27, 2013

SamanthaWe are pleased to introduce you to the effervescent Samantha Schultz. She surprised us both during auditions with her emotionally charged piece and level of compassion for mothers everywhere. We know that her essay will resonate with many in our audience on May 5!

What led you to writing for Listen to Your Mother Chicago?

Everyone has a story to tell, but not always an outlet to tell it. Having been a fan of the stage since I was very young, I felt this was the perfect way to share something near and dear to my heart with other women who may need to hear this message.

How do you feel about the show in general?

I’m ridiculously excited and nervous all rolled into one! After our first rehearsal, I’m excited to see these stories shared with women everywhere – they are the words that need to be shared!

How long have you been writing?

Since I was about four (hardy har har). As for “professional” writing, I started blogging in 2008, began my family blog,The Peanuts Gang, in 2009, and the rest is history.

What do you typically write about?

Any and all things usually related to parenthood and being a mom – from the relationship between brother,s to heading out to the park for the first time of the year, to things & places we love!

Where do you write?

When I’m not spilling my guts about my family on our personal blog, you can find me on ChicagoNowChicago Parent and The Momsay. I also occasionally write via Magna Doodle, crayon & paper, and texting.

Have you ever performed on stage before?

I was in two spelling bees on stage and spelled mahogany wrong in one of them. The other one, I am happy to say, I won. I also took the stage as the Evil Stepmother in the play adaptation of the movie, Ever After, in high school. (I played Angelica Houston’s character fiercely I might add…) You may also find me on the stages at local children’s museums, but that’s more just to keep my kids from misbehaving.

For my biggest on-stage role in Ever After, I will never forget having to wear huge gowns and making my face look “old.” Surprisingly, that’s about how I look now only without the makeup.

Where do you come from?

Apart from the obvious place known as my mother’s womb (hi, mom!), I was born and raised in Chicago Ridge with my two brothers and my mom and dad.


Currently, Indian Head Park.

Favorite places to frequent with family in the Chicagoland area?


What trait is your “signature” trait with family and friends?

After asking around, it would either have to be my “pure joy” or trustworthiness. I’ll leave it up to you to decide which you agree more with.

If you were stranded on Lake Shore Drive in the worst traffic jam in history, what 3 items would you want to have with you and why?

1.My iPhone with charger (that counts as one item since they are attached most of the time) :: it’s the way I connect with people most often and a way to connect with the world that also would allow me not to leave my car.

2.Depends on the weather. If warm, then a fan with a spraying spritzer. If cold, then a fuzzy blanket.

3.A book, preferably something funny or of the Jodi Picoult/Hunger Games variety.

Chocolate or Licorice?

Why is this a question? And if anyone in the show chooses something other than chocolate, they should immediately be dismissed.

Coffee or Tea?

Usually coffee with french vanilla creamer no sugar. Passion Iced Tea from Starbucks. Sometimes.

Any famous words you live by? Or do you live by your own words? If so, what are they?

Recently, I came upon this quote from Shirley Maclaine and truer words have never been spoken for me – “Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power.” Living life with a negative outlook becomes exhausting both to you and those around you. Most days, you will find me smiling, laughing, and just trying to enjoy each moment I’m given. I’m sure this annoys some people, but the truth is, if you haven’t laughed, then you aren’t truly living. There will always be something to feel sad about. Always. It’s choosing JOY that makes all the difference.

Joy does make the difference! And we are OVERJOYED to have Samantha in the 2013 show! You can find out information about how to purchase tickets here!
RoiAnn March 27, 2013 at 9:10 am

Samantha, I love your outlook!!! SO happy to get to know you.

Lisa @ Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy March 27, 2013 at 9:28 am

love your joy, so much!! you always make me smile!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jennifer March 27, 2013 at 9:37 am

Samantha’s energy is contagious and I adore being around her!! Can’t wait to hear her piece!

Mindy March 27, 2013 at 9:51 am

love that last paragraph Samantha

Marianne March 27, 2013 at 9:59 am

Do you think Samantha’s husband would mind if I just ask her to move in? LOVE this lady!

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