Zach Lennon-Simon, 23
I first met Zach in a creative writing course we both enrolled in at Purchase College. I was instantly drawn to Zach’s hilarious disposition and wonderfully written cringe comedy short stories. Another student, Lee, sat with Zach in the back of class each week and together the two unfailingly resembled the Muppet comedy duo – Statler and Waldorf.
Now, nearly four years later, Zach has embarked on his own post-grad journey. He performs stand up and live storytelling and has transformed his “arsenal full of short films and writing activities” into a platform for teaching the art of film and creative writing to young storytellers. While still working on script writing, Zach boasts a web series he is constantly updating.
Below is life according to Zach
“It’s important to recognize that it’s not a solitary experience. I think the world’s dirtiest joke is that adults are looked at as people who are kind of together. I’ve never talked to anyone who isn’t unsure of their direction in life. Everyone who is living is a person freaking out. You’re never going to get stable. No one’s ever going to get stable. You’re just alive, and that’s impressive enough. So you should just understand that working to be stable isn’t a good goal, because it won’t happen ever. Working to figure out more about yourself, and what you like doing, that’s a better way of spending your time than than being this false idea of stable and secure.
It’s important to fall apart. You should allow yourself to fall apart because when you fall apart you’re gaining a better understanding of what it takes to put yourself back together.
You could reinvent yourself all the time, every day.”