New York City has been my home for over 30 years. I'm a writer, but I've had several careers, each of them related to the arts. Dance, music, theatre and art have been in my life for as long as I can remember, and the signs were everywhere that these interests would turn out to be lifelong ones.
I studied the Classics at St. John's College, where, strangely, my need to to be involved in the creative arts only intensified, so after I graduated I headed to San Francisco, where there was a thriving experimental cultural scene.
But I longed to move to New York, where I had dreamed of living since I was fourteen, and a job with CBS Records was the ticket I needed to get there. The magical Manhattan, where I have never spent a boring day.
Music lead to acting, which led to directing for a fledging theatre company, which, strangely, led to designing fine jewelry, which led to becoming an executive in the art world, which lead to becoming a writer, the entire combined history and mystery of which led to my current life, rooted in the arts of storytelling, conversation, communication and performance.
Along the way I became a pilot, saddened by the slow disappearance of general aviation in the US, the low number of women pilots, and the almost complete lack of wonder anymore at what is still the magic of flight. With our focus on cell phones (I have one), iPads (I have one) and TVs (I have one) the appearance of a small plane against a blue sky is barely shrug-worthy.
But flying is an art - dancing in the skies, painting invisible pictures in the ether, making music with the wind. Air architecture. Wind poetry. Bird imitation. Magic.
I love to travel hopefully to Italy, because I can never get enough of that landscape, the cobblestone streets, the art, the music, the food, the wine, and that melodious language, and watching the Italians strolling through their piazzas and streets after dinner, arm-in-arm, always kissing one another, and talking, talking, talking.
American children are taught at a very young age to focus their energies on just one thing primarily and for years I apologized about having so many interests. But life is too short and too interesting to focus on just one thing, so I no longer apologize.
My interests converge on the pages of www.giselleminoli.com
, the website I'm grateful to the talented Ron Louie of Opto Design for creating for me.