Spotlight on Erin Skibinski

by admin on March 30, 2013

Today we are proud to shine the spotlight on the lovely and talented, Erin Skibinski! She is just as lovely in person as she is on stage…About Me

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

While I know I am new to writing, I thought it might be nice to practice as much writing as possible. I saw the LTYM ad posted in a blog Facebook group, and thought I would give it a whirl. Never in a million years did I think I would be chosen. I am so happy to be a part of this group.

How do you feel about the show in general?

I have a nervous excitement. Sharing feelings in front of 1,000 strangers (buy tickets!) is definitely nerve wracking, however I am excited to see people’s reactions to my writing. I’m also happy to know that I have made a group of friends that I otherwise would not have met.

How long have you been writing?

When I look back, I’ve always been writing. Keeping notes in my phone of funny things, keeping a journal, writing details in the kids scrapbooks, and in college I wrote a few chapters of a book (I know I’m a nerd). I never shared my writing with anyone until recently when I started a blog in July of 2012.

What do you typically write about?

When I am blogging for Home Everyday, I cover all things domestic. When I was a kid, I played a lot in my toy kitchen and made “meals” for my Cabbage Patch dolls. I also played “office”, and would organize and style up my desk all the time. Cooking, baking, organizing, painting, are all things I’ve always had a love for. However, before I was married and had my three kids, my first true love was comedy. When I write for South of I-80 I like to write about the day to day, news, my childhood, or anything else that I think is funny. I also have a few serious topics I cover too.

Where do you write?

Home Everyday

ChicagoNow.com

I also am currently taking Comedy Writing classes at The Second City.

Have you ever performed on stage before?

No. I taught elementary school and have given presentations, but nothing like this before.

It all makes sense that I would be writing now. While I have never performed, I love stories. I love hearing stories, I love telling them. Growing up I watched an inane amount of television and read more than most kids my age. It is all making sense to me now that I would be part of a group that is all about telling stories.

Where do you come from?

I grew up in the far South Suburbs of Chicago, and live there to this day.

Hometown?

I grew up in Glenwood, but now live in Frankfort.

Favorite places to frequent with family in the Chicagoland area?

You mean when I’m NOT at Target for the third time in a week because I forgot milk AGAIN? My family and I love Brookfield Zoo and you can find us there most days in the SummerTime. We also frequent museums, and Children’s Museums in Chicago and suburbs. I also love trying new restaurants. I also hang out at Mariano’s grocery store like most people hang out at Starbucks. I know its weird, but have you ever been there? Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it!

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

People say I am a lot like my Grandma. They say I am funny, thoughtful, sweet, and constantly trying to feed people.

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?

My phone – so I could have access to my family, music, and games.
A notebook and pen – I would want to write down everything that was happening around me that would make a good story.
Double Stuff Oreos – Do oreos need any explanation?

Chocolate or Licorice?

“LICORICE,” said no one… EVER. C’mon chocolate! Who likes licorice? I don’t know anyone. There might be someone out there I guess. Let me know, I will send them all the black jelly beans at Easter time.

Coffee or Tea?

I drink tea every single day, but sometimes I do have a taste for a fancy latte or something. I will say both.

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

Being an avid reader, and crazy TV watcher it is hard to narrow down. There are so many inspiring people out there. I will say that while this may sound weird coming from a writer, because words are very important to me; I often like to look at the positive behavior or actions of a person and emulate that. My instructor at Second City said, “When writing characters, just like in real life, talk is cheap and actions speak louder than words.”

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If you would like to listen to Erin and the rest of the cast in person, there are still tickets available for the May 5th performance at The Athenaeum in Chicago. Check out our About Show Info Page to learn more!

Liz March 30, 2013 at 7:37 am

Great to meet you, Erin! We need to talk Second City, stat!

marianne March 30, 2013 at 11:27 am

I love your quote! Emoters are a dime a dozen, but people willing to watch your kids, help you move or bail you out at 2 am are few and far between.

Lisa @ Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy April 1, 2013 at 11:25 am

I love Twizzlers but black licorice is the most disgusting thing ever. But chocolate wins over…everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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