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that you could be noticed and make your
mark. We could look at Burlington and
say, what does Burlington need, and can
we be a hand in providing that? I love
being part of the evolution of Burlington, hopefully for the better.
VL: Do you think you would have had
the same chutzpah to do this had you
not left the state?
Natalie: When I was growing up in
Vermont I did not appreciate it as much
as I do now. I couldn’t wait to leave and
see what else there was in the world.
Moving to New York, you get to see
everything. Now, I teach all different
ages, I work with high school students,
and I always encourage them to leave
and to see what’s out there. As an artist
and as a person, the more you see, the
more you know, the more you have to
draw from. It’s really good to get out and
experience different places, different
cultures, different foods. It broadens
your perspective. It makes you a better
human overall, and it definitely makes
you a better artist.
Nathan: Vermont has a lot of
wonderful things going for it, but when
you grow up in the Northeast Kingdom,
you don’t see a lot of that diversity of
people and cultures and behaviors. And
there’s something about a 22-year-old kid
going to New York City that gives you
some sense of confidence, whether it’s
earned or not, for when you come back.
If maybe we grew up in the Northeast
Kingdom and then moved to Burlington,
maybe we wouldn’t have had the
confidence to start our own thing. We
would have felt like we needed to operate
in some existing system or paradigm.
VL: Do you think that Vermont has its
own brand of humor?
Natalie: Yeah, I think so. … Sarcasm,
Vermonters are definitely well versed
Nathan: I think it’s dry.
Natalie: It’s definitely dry.