TJ's Story: Hi. I'm TJ and I am the subject of the documentary.
Here is the "skinny" in 100 words or less.
I am a fabulously inappropriate humorist who believes that we must all follow our dreams. Since age 4, I have wanted to be a performer, and at age 40, I still do. Basically, I've decided to leave my career as a college professor to do comedy. This is a big risk, and it's pretty scary. In the next 5 months I will be finishing my last semester of teaching and beginning my journey as a full time comic. I might fail, but at least we'll get a movie out of it.
Bridget's Story: In the Fall of 2006, I walked into my first college course. It was a Communications course on public speaking, taught by Professor Trina Huberg. I had imagined "Trina" to be a mid-40s, short, round woman with a haircut reminiscent of the 70s with coke bottle glasses. I was met by a young person in baggy jeans, a brightly colored t-shirt with black spiky hair and glasses that would make Rivers Cuomo proud. This was not the Trina I had in my mind. "Hi. I'm TJ", she said. Yep, that fit.
Over the last 6 years I have come to know one of the most dynamic and inspiring people I have ever encountered. Her resume includes kosher chef, ordained minister and professor, just to name a few. She is a proud member of the queer community as well as the NRA. And she makes no apologies for who she is. TJ has been teaching on the college level for over 6 years, and has been an educator outside of the classroom for much longer. But now she is ready to add "full-time comedian" to her diverse list of occupations.
This June, she will face two monumental moments in her career. Her last semester of teaching will end, and she's going back her hometown of New Hartford, Iowa, population 516. TJ will be performing what could be a career changing show in the next town over for an audience of family, friends and fans, some of which she hasn't seen in two decades. People who still know her as "Trina". Her past and her future are about to collide.
Our documentary will follow TJ over the next few months leading up to her big show in Cedar Falls. There are no guarantees, but you better believe she's not going down without a fight.
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