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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Apr 23, 2018

The Moth Staff Spotlight: Lauren

by Diane Cardoso

Lauren Gonzalez

As a storytelling organization, we sure have a lot of story-worthy staff members! Join us once a week for a spotlight on one of our Moth wizards. This week, meet Lauren Gonzalez: Associate Producer, Community program.

Name: Lauren Gonzalez

Title: Associate Producer, Community program.

Hometown: Miami, Florida.

What would the title of the day in your life at The Moth be?

Coffee, conference calls, and checking off to-do's!

What story has impacted your life?

Wow, this is a tough question! So many stories come to mind--it's hard to narrow down to one. One Moth story I've been thinking about a lot came from a college student who signs up for her first ever ballet class after she finds out an old friend has unexpectedly died. It got me thinking a lot about seizing the day and getting the most out of life.

Besides being such an integral part of your career, how else does storytelling affect your daily life?

I journal and write a lot, and I find that thinking about the stories in my life helps me make better sense of things. I'm able to feel a lot better about things once it's out in the open, whether that's in conversation or on a page in my journal.

Why do you think it's important for storytelling to be accessible to global audiences?

I think storytelling already is accessible to global audiences! It's something both historical and universal. I feel lucky to work in a place that is in the business of sharing stories from all walks of life. I think that the more stories we tell and the more we listen, the better we become. 

Name a story-worthy moment in your time at The Moth. 

On my third day at The Moth, I heard a woman tell a story about her time at the hospital for an illness I had also undergone. Naturally, I started crying--first time a job had ever made me openly weep (in a good way!). 

To hear Lauren co-host the recent 10th Anniversary Podcast, head here!

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