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I’ve been thinking about the art of describing oneself


I’m not very good at introductions. At an audition in my teens, I avoided the “Tell us about yourself,” question by replying, “Did you know that Charlie Chaplin once came third in a Charlie Chaplin lookalike competition?”

I didn’t get the part.

Another time, I had to give an interesting fact about myself and confessed to wanting a mono-brow.

It must run in the family. When he was younger, my brother had a somewhat unsightly unique tuft of long braided hair which we referred to as his ‘tail’. Upon starting high school, his English teacher asked the class to write a brief description of themselves so that she could tell them apart. He promptly completed the assignment: ‘I am small with short brown hair and a tail.’