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Who Am I ?

AJ MARECHAL

May 2011

1: Who am I?

AJ Marechal: LA native, formerly known as Alexandra Jean by my doctors and dentist–writer, dancer, blogger, journalist, and beauty geek. Neurotic, dorky lipstick-lover.

2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?

As a writer, I am always working on something–right now, work takes up a lot of time. I work at Variety where I cover events in LA for the Daily and Weekly publication and write for the news, features, and other sections. I’m also working on a screenplay, and usually have a few nonfiction personal essays I’m tweaking.

3: Where are you from and where are you going?

I’m from LA–I was going, for awhile, to NYC as an NYU undergrad student (I studied Philosophy and Creative Writing). Now that I’m back in LA, my “going to” is summarized less in airline miles and more in career and personal aspirations. I’m heading towards a (hopefully) fulfilling career as a writer, and also towards understanding myself as a person on a deeper level. Basically, I’m growing up, or something like that.

4: Who is your biggest hero?

I cannot name the “biggest” hero–a hero is anyone who inspires me to be a better person. I find heroes in my friends, family, colleagues, and strangers on the street. No one is a hero by nature or a hero consistently because we are all flawed to some extent, and balance a certain “hero/villain” dichotomy…but we are each capable of those hero moments. And when I witness that moment in another person, they humble me, motivate me, and I guess “rescue” me from the monotony of everyday life.

5: What book is your bible?

The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama, or any text by the Dalai Lama.

6: What are some things you love?  And some things you hate?

I love interesting faces. That doesn’t mean typically “beautiful”–that means interesting. Weird faces. I love beauty in the atypical way. I love colorful lipstick (MAC usually), art in unexpected places (public restrooms is a fave), good pens, Law & Order SVU, Swiffers, Anthony Bourdain, my guinea pig Peanut, Sex and the City, and nights that lead to interesting stories in the morning.

I don’t hate anything…okay wait, I take that back. I hate cheap tequila and when people take your laundry out of the washing machine/dryer for you…like, you just touched my clean clothes! I was coming down to get them! So violated. But yeah, other than that, I don’t hate anything, mostly because I try to see everything as a lesson, and it’s hard to hate something that is teaching you something valuable.

7: What is your raison d’être?

To take my own life experiences and lessons and share them with others through writing–to touch people, inspire them, uplift them, or make them think with my words. Whenever I go through something challenging, I remind myself that down the road I can take this experience, put it into writing and potentially help someone going through a similar challenge.

8: What is your favorite color?

I don’t have one. But I wear mostly all black. I look like I’m always going to or coming from a funeral–with 5 inch heels on. Oh, but I really like purple lipstick.

9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?

I never read comic books. But I liked Charlie Brown. I never understood his hair, though–was that one strand of hair on his head? Or some weird representation of an entire head of hair?

10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?

Club Love is killer and discreet–you enter through this random door near a barbershop and walk downstairs into this cave of sorts, covered in glow in the dark graffiti. There are waterfalls inside, and these rooms with cushioned nooks that you crawl up into. The dance floor is dark with great lights and an insane sound system. Everyone I’ve taken there is obsessed.

11: What turns you on?

Broad shoulders, intelligence, creativity, and a good sense of humor. If you have those, the rest is easy.

12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?

Q: What was the last thing you ate?

A: In N’ Out Cheeseburger with grilled onions and a chocolate shake.

I asked that question just so that I could answer and make non-West-coasters jealous that I just ate In N’ Out…

AJ Marechal, an LA native, a writer and journalist currently contributing to Variety Magazine. She is a proud former intern of Allure and Harper’s Bazaar, though her talent in writing expands to include the genres of creative nonfiction, screenplays, blog posts, and personal essays.

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AJ Marechal, Los Angeles, California, 2011, Photography by Nellie Bethel

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