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We all know the stories of how creative people get into the business of creating for a living, but how did they start using their imaginations in the first place? On the Beginnings podcast, writer and performer Andy Beckerman asks well-known and up-and-coming comedians, musicians, writers and artists about their earliest creative acts and about other formative childhood experiences.

Dec 27, 2012

On today's show we talk to New York-based writer and performer Elna Baker. Raised internationally, Elna moved to New York to study performance at NYU and soon became enmeshed in the stand-up and improv scene. Since then, she's co-founded the variety show The Talent Show and become a sought-after storyteller, contributing to places like This American Life. Her first book, The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance, which chronicles her dating life as a Mormon in New York City, was published in 2009.

A few weeks ago, Elna came over to the Wrestling Team apartment to discuss her painful childhood shyness, faith and creativity, and her father's meat-cleaver wielding attacker.

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