Passion at an Early Age
Amy Poehler had a loving, supportive childhood. Her parents say that as a young girl, Amy liked being the center of attention, making people laugh, and that she always dreamed of carving a niche for herself in the field of comedy and acting.
With the support of her parents, Amy had the privilege of growing fully into her natural abilities. She developed her affinity for improvisation during childhood and her high school years, but it wasn't until she attended Boston College and became a member of the college's improvisational comedy troupe, My Mother's Fleabag, that her passion for performance was officially ignited.
After college graduation she moved to Chicago in 1993 to pursue a professional career in comedy, joining the comedy theaters 'ImprovOlympics' and 'Second City,' which is where her friendship with Tina Fey began.
Amy is passionate about being who you are and not focusing on who you aren't.
Decide what your currency is early. Let go of what you will never have. People who do this are happier and sexier."
Professional Opportunities for Women WERE Limited, but Times are Changing
Despite her enormous talent and potential for success, the history of successful women in the field of comedy was not encouraging. It's common knowledge that female comedians have a much harder time being successful.
Poehler seems to have transcended the female comedian stereotype altogether. In addition to being an inordinately successful comedic actress, Poehler co-founded an organization called Amy Poehler's Smart Girls. The purpose of the organization is to foster female success in the professional world. Their tag line 'dedicated to helping young girls cultivate their authentic selves' says it all. Amy and her co-founder partner, producer Meredith Walker, have created an organization that emphasizes intelligence and imagination over 'fitting in.'
Perseverance and Success!
Amy Poehler has become one of television's top comediennes with the success of 'Parks and Recreation,' which aired from 2009 to 2015. For her work on the show, she has received multiple Emmy nominations as an actress, writer, and producer. In 2011, she landed on Time magazine's list of "100 Most Influential People." Poehler and Tina Fey also became a favorite comedy duo as regular hosts of the Golden Globes Awards, with the duo earning Emmy nods for their writing for the telecast. Among other awards, Poehler won an acting Golden Globe for her role on Parks and Recreation.
Like Lucille Ball and Phyllis Diller before her, Amy Poehler seems to have successfully carved a niche for herself in an industry traditionally dominated by men. With her comedy partner Tina Fey, Amy has revolutionized the female comedy landscape and paved the way for a new generation of comedic actresses like Melissa McArthy, Kristin Wiig, and Kate McKinnon. Even better, her Smart Girls organization is paving the way for girls to succeed in many more traditionally male-dominated careers.