293: Slightly Above Average | Sandi Marx

The Unconventional Memoirs of a Village Idiot


In this episode of Authors Who Lead, I engage in a candid conversation with Sandi Marx, a retired talent agent turned New York-based storyteller. The episode delves deep into the power of embracing mediocrity, the impact of honest storytelling, and the lessons learned from the creation of Sandi’s book, Slightly Above Average: Memoirs of a Successful Village Idiot.

The Importance of Writing One Page at a Time

Sandi Marx offers valuable advice on the writing process, emphasizing the significance of taking it one page at a time. She highlights the importance of getting thoughts written down and advocating for setting small, achievable writing goals. Sandi’s approach serves as an inspiration for writers grappling with the daunting task of penning their stories, encouraging them to embrace the power of consistent, incremental progress.

Support and Accountability in the Writing Process

Building on the theme of support, Sandi underscores the value of having a partner or professional to provide reminders and encouragement throughout the writing journey. Her personal experiences, guided by the unwavering support of her husband, exemplify the transformative impact of having a reliable support system in place. Sandi’s story reinforces the notion that acknowledging vulnerability and seeking support are integral components of the writing process.

The Impact of Consistent Writing

As Sandi shares her experience with a company that prompted her to write a story once a week, the resulting compilation into a book underscores the profound impact of consistent writing. The conversation emphasizes how consistency can transform a seemingly arduous task into a manageable and fulfilling endeavor, ultimately leading to the creation of a 218-page book. Sandi’s journey serves as a testament to the transformative power of dedication and persistence in achieving significant writing milestones.

Inspiration and Unconventional Storytelling

Sandi draws inspiration from the humor found in everyday incidents, capturing her thoughts in written form, even on her phone, for later use. Her unconventional experiences, such as being cast as a butt double for Pat Benatar’s music video and serving as a cheerleader for the New York Cosmos soccer team, serve as a wellspring of inspiration for her storytelling. Sandi’s unorthodox encounters highlight the richness of material that can emerge from embracing life’s peculiar and unexpected moments.

Embracing Mediocrity and Portraying Authenticity

Deeply reflective, Sandi recalls pivotal moments from her childhood and life experiences, underscoring the genuine, heartfelt narratives that define her memoir. Her candid approach resonates with readers and listeners, embracing mediocrity and authenticity as core elements of her storytelling. Sandi’s narrative choices emanate a message of resilience, humor, and above all, the power of self-acceptance and embracing one’s unique experiences.

The Impact of Storytelling

Our conversation delves into the profound impact of storytelling and the empathetic bridge it constructs. As we intertwine our experiences and reflections, the underlying message is clear: storytelling enables individuals to understand diverse perspectives, fostering empathy and connection. The transformative potential of storytelling serves as a powerful catalyst for creating a more empathetic and inclusive world.

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That’s all for this week. If you have a message inside of you that needs to be written, today is the day to start. Don’t delay—take action.

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