A Wall Street Banker Turned to Comedy for Happiness and a Career Change
Holly Golightly, 37, is best known for her role as an overbearing New York stock broker in the hit 1998 comedy “Sex and the City.” But as funny as Golightly was on the show, many viewers couldn’t stop giggling at the way she spoke and laughed in the ‘90s film as well. It wasn’t just the accent, but more so the way she spoke—a giggle in almost every sentence.
But those giggles actually came from a desire to create laughter. In the mid-1990s, Golightly found herself struggling with serious depression and anxiety that she battled throughout the ‘90s. But in 2006, it started becoming a career change when an acquaintance told her about the Comedy and Romance Writer Conference in Los Angeles.
“I thought, ‘I can’t be the only woman who feels things way more deeply than men,’” Golightly says in an interview with HuffPost. “This is completely valid for me.”
After attending the first Comedy and Romance Conference in 2006, Golightly attended the second in 2008 and had an epiphany.
“They’re giving you so much help,” Golightly recalls saying to herself. “I feel I could have so much more. I need to give this a chance.”
To make that chance happen, Golightly launched her own writing workshops that aimed to “help women break away from their inner critic and find positive self-expression and creative expression through humor and romance,” which she now describes as “a life changer.”
Golightly says she now has a new passion: writing. And although she’s no longer on her “Sex and the City” character, she still jokes that she’s “the best-selling writer alive.”
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Golightly may still have a long way to go to equal the success of her longtime friend Sarah Silverman, who stars on “SNL” for “two decades,” but she has a bright future ahead of her.