Inside the Creative Mind of Mary @maryconnorneely


Tell us more about who you are and what you do!
My name's Mary. I'm an actor/writer/director from LA, but I moved to New York two years ago and am so happy I did. I went to theater school and always intended to move to the *Big Apple* and do plays, but started acting in commercials and ended up staying in LA for a lot longer than I had imagined. During that same time I started writing and directing films, which turned into something I really love. Now I live in Brooklyn pursuing theater and film. Also, I have a cat named Mister. That feels important to mention. 



What's coming down the pipeline for you creatively?
Right now I'm directing a play for the first time, which is very cool because it's something I've always wanted to do. I am also in post production on a feature film I co-wrote and acted in that will be done later this year. I am always writing one million different scripts, short stories, and plays that have an undetermined timeline, which is ultimately determined by me... unfortunately. 
What is your favorite career highlight?
Ethan Coen said something nice about me once.



Where do you find inspiration creatively?
I'm constantly bombarded by ideas to the point where it's actually very overwhelming, so it's more like I have had to learn how to wrangle my inspiration in a pointed and disciplined way. 


If you could change something about the film industry, what would it be?
Who is the next Scorsese?? I'm worried cinema is dying and that the appreciation will keep dwindling. So really, I would like to change the timeline we're currently all in and jump back to the 70s or 80s when studios were throwing mountains of cash at young filmmakers who had good, original ideas, and the skillset to execute freaking masterpieces. Basically: no more remakes plz. 


What is the best career advice you've ever received?
There's room for everyone.
What do you like about your Just Black Denim jeans?
They fit so well, are very comfortable while being very chic, and I'll say it... they make my ass look good!!



Don't forget to check out Mary on Instagram - @maryconnorneely
April 12, 2023