Eljon Wardally

Eljon Wardally

Eljon Wardally is a native New Yorker who got her start performing at Downtown Art Theatre on the Lower East Side. After earning a BA in Communications from Clark University, Eljon worked for MTV as a Producer/Director covering red carpets and special events across the U.S. and Caribbean. She has studied Screenwriting and Playwriting at ESPA Primary Stages and is currently pursuing an MFA in Playwriting at Fordham University. She wroteDocket 32357, a full length play, after suffering a stroke when she was 29. The play's first scene has been adapted into a short film of the same name. To date, it has been in 16 festivals. 


 

You are a New Yorker but have roots in Grenada. How does it feel to have the best of both worlds?
I feel like the luckiest person in the world! My parents would always send me to Grenada for the summer for as long as I can remember. My uncles and aunts did the same with their kids so all the cousins from all over the states would have at least a month together with my grandparents in True Blue. Those were some of the best times of my life.

What made you want to get into the field you're in now?
Growing up in the city exposed me to constantly having movie sets outside my door. I was so in love with the movie and TV making process. Being an only child, my imagination was always hard at work making up stories and characters to play with. I would draw them and write little plays and movies. It's not something I grew out of clearly!

If you weren't a Playwright/Screenwriter, what would you have been?
Prior to writing, my 9-5 was in Sales and Marketing for a Cosmetics Conglomerate but if I didn't go back to doing that, I think I would have liked to have been a chef!

You suffered a stroke at 29. What has that experience taught you?
It's taught me so much but above all, it's taught me to not stress out as much as I did before. It's not that serious, really. No matter what, things are going to happen and the earth isn't going to stop spinning so just breathe, the rest will come.

You created a blog after the stroke. What has the blog done for you?

The blog has been such a huge part of my recovery! I have found other people out there my age, who have been through something similar which has been a huge comfort. We've been able to form a little stroke community and support each other. Even though I am doing much better now, it's so important that I keep the conversation going to help other people in recovery know that there is life after stroke. I'm always looking for other young people who have suffered from the same thing I did so they have an outlet. I didn't have that when I was recovering and wish I could have. It would have made a big difference knowing that there were other people out there just like me.
 

What changes did you have to make to your lifestyle as a result?
I had to stop trying to be Wonder Woman. I would literally work from sun up to sun up! Taking time to stop and smell the roses really is something people should do. Now, I try to not stress out. If I do get stressed, I take a walk or find a minute to remove myself from the situation and calm down. It sounds easy but it requires so much discipline. My stroke was caused by medication, not something genetic but I'm still careful.  Exercise, diet, and sleep are all keys in maintaining health.

You are considered a strong woman. What would you say makes women awesome?
Thank you first off! What makes women awesome? We carry life which still blows my mind.  We're gentle, sensitive, and insightful.  We like to hug for no reason (men you know you love that). Women are great listeners and  in the words of Betty White, "Grow some balls? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you really wanna get tough, grow a vagina! Those things take a pounding!" Too far? Haha

Congratulations on your accomplishment with your film Docket 32357. What would be the most prestigious award you would like to see the film receive?
Honestly, every time we get into a festival, my heart jumps. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be able to show my work. Every screening Docket 32357 gets is like winning or getting nominated for an award. We've already been showcased across the U.S., in the Bahamas, in Britain and in Grenada! The best part is being able to discuss it with people who have seen it. I still get tickled whenever someone comes up to me! What more could I ask for?

What would you say is your motto in life, if any?
Just leap and the net will appear.

What can't you live without?
A good black fountain pen.

Any insecurities?
Showing new work or having new work read or performed is very vulnerable for me. I get insecure about that at times!

What do you wish you knew when you were 21?
Nothing. If i did know whatever that thing is, life may not have taken this turn, and I have no regrets even with my health. The good and the bad are necessary in life to find your place.

What does family mean to you?
Family means those who are in your life because of blood but also because of who YOU choose. Friends are the family you get to choose. Family is everything.

How do you handle disappointments?
I get down but I don't let myself have a pity party for too long. Rejection is God's protection.

If you had to give a gift to women, what would it be?
I'd just simply say that you are stronger than you think...BUT if I could give them something else, it would be a full spa day complete with endless wine.

What would you like the world to know about Eljon Wardally?
That the best is yet to come!

Eljon Wardally is a native New Yorker who got her start performing at Downtown Art Theatre on the Lower East Side. After earning a BA in Communications from Clark University, Eljon worked for MTV as a Producer/Director covering red carpets and special events across the U.S. and Caribbean. She has studied Screenwriting and Playwriting at ESPA Primary Stages and is currently pursuing an MFA in Playwriting at Fordham University. She wroteDocket 32357, a full length play, after suffering a stroke when she was 29. The play's first scene has been adapted into a short film of the same name. To date, it has been in 16 festivals. 


 

You are a New Yorker but have roots in Grenada. How does it feel to have the best of both worlds?
I feel like the luckiest person in the world! My parents would always send me to Grenada for the summer for as long as I can remember. My uncles and aunts did the same with their kids so all the cousins from all over the states would have at least a month together with my grandparents in True Blue. Those were some of the best times of my life.

What made you want to get into the field you're in now?
Growing up in the city exposed me to constantly having movie sets outside my door. I was so in love with the movie and TV making process. Being an only child, my imagination was always hard at work making up stories and characters to play with. I would draw them and write little plays and movies. It's not something I grew out of clearly!

If you weren't a Playwright/Screenwriter, what would you have been?
Prior to writing, my 9-5 was in Sales and Marketing for a Cosmetics Conglomerate but if I didn't go back to doing that, I think I would have liked to have been a chef!

You suffered a stroke at 29. What has that experience taught you?
It's taught me so much but above all, it's taught me to not stress out as much as I did before. It's not that serious, really. No matter what, things are going to happen and the earth isn't going to stop spinning so just breathe, the rest will come.

You created a blog after the stroke. What has the blog done for you?

The blog has been such a huge part of my recovery! I have found other people out there my age, who have been through something similar which has been a huge comfort. We've been able to form a little stroke community and support each other. Even though I am doing much better now, it's so important that I keep the conversation going to help other people in recovery know that there is life after stroke. I'm always looking for other young people who have suffered from the same thing I did so they have an outlet. I didn't have that when I was recovering and wish I could have. It would have made a big difference knowing that there were other people out there just like me.
 

What changes did you have to make to your lifestyle as a result?
I had to stop trying to be Wonder Woman. I would literally work from sun up to sun up! Taking time to stop and smell the roses really is something people should do. Now, I try to not stress out. If I do get stressed, I take a walk or find a minute to remove myself from the situation and calm down. It sounds easy but it requires so much discipline. My stroke was caused by medication, not something genetic but I'm still careful.  Exercise, diet, and sleep are all keys in maintaining health.

You are considered a strong woman. What would you say makes women awesome?
Thank you first off! What makes women awesome? We carry life which still blows my mind.  We're gentle, sensitive, and insightful.  We like to hug for no reason (men you know you love that). Women are great listeners and  in the words of Betty White, "Grow some balls? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you really wanna get tough, grow a vagina! Those things take a pounding!" Too far? Haha

Congratulations on your accomplishment with your film Docket 32357. What would be the most prestigious award you would like to see the film receive?
Honestly, every time we get into a festival, my heart jumps. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be able to show my work. Every screening Docket 32357 gets is like winning or getting nominated for an award. We've already been showcased across the U.S., in the Bahamas, in Britain and in Grenada! The best part is being able to discuss it with people who have seen it. I still get tickled whenever someone comes up to me! What more could I ask for?

What would you say is your motto in life, if any?
Just leap and the net will appear.

What can't you live without?
A good black fountain pen.

Any insecurities?
Showing new work or having new work read or performed is very vulnerable for me. I get insecure about that at times!

What do you wish you knew when you were 21?
Nothing. If i did know whatever that thing is, life may not have taken this turn, and I have no regrets even with my health. The good and the bad are necessary in life to find your place.

What does family mean to you?
Family means those who are in your life because of blood but also because of who YOU choose. Friends are the family you get to choose. Family is everything.

How do you handle disappointments?
I get down but I don't let myself have a pity party for too long. Rejection is God's protection.

If you had to give a gift to women, what would it be?
I'd just simply say that you are stronger than you think...BUT if I could give them something else, it would be a full spa day complete with endless wine.

What would you like the world to know about Eljon Wardally?
That the best is yet to come!