Did you hear the one about
with a wicked sense of style
and a mouth like a sailor
who loved books?
Not me, dummy – although thank you very much.
I’m talking about the one and only
NYC Literary Agent
Chalberg & Sussman
A friend mentioned Natasha to me over a year ago
when she thought I should pursue representation
and felt Natasha would be a good fit
But being true to form
so far the only things I’ve pursued Natasha for
are inane conversations about
Kanye West, Empire, and Halle Berry’s fast-fading career
some of her expert advice on querying
The Proust Questionnaire
And because she is wicked fun and rather adventurous
she said “sure”
So let’s do this thing
Getting Proustian With…
1. What is your idea of perfect happiness? My idea of perfect happiness is living life without fear. Acting boldly, taking risks even while knowing that you can’t control the outcome. I’d like to make a decision without pouring over all the possible consequences and just be able to live spontaneously, capable of being truly present in each moment.
2. What is your greatest fear? My greatest fear is the most cliched one—failure. Admitting and accepting failure is number one on my list. Also, running a close second—monsters. I don’t like monsters.
3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? I often cut off my nose to spite my face.
4. What is the trait you most deplore in others? One trait I most deplore in others—and I don’t know if it’s a trait—but I can’t stand people who overcompensate by bragging, take credit for the work of others, or step on others in order to get ahead. I’ve seen this in the workplace in so many different environments and I can’t stand these kinds of bullies who will do anything to take credit for things that they have not done or try to jump on the bandwagon when they see something that’s working that they want to be part of.
5. Which living person do you most admire? Kanye. Ok, just kidding. I try not to pay enough attention to others to admire them. I think it’s a slippery slope. You pay too much attention and then you lose sight of who you are and what you want to accomplish. We are not all carbon copies of each other. I don’t want to emulate anyone else, I just want to be me. However, I do appreciate certain people for different reasons. But I generally don’t feel like I should be idolizing anyone since we are all human, we are all flawed.
6. What is your greatest extravagance? I don’t have any great extravagances anymore. I used to shop a lot; there wasn’t a sample sale I didn’t know about and hit hard. But I’ve been there, done that. Nice things are nice but don’t bring happiness. So right now, my biggest extravagance is Japanese nail art. I’ve been going to my salon for about three years—way before it was a trend. My salon shall remain nameless because it’s small, hidden and by appointment only. I go only about once a month but seeing fun, artistically decorated nails makes me a happy typer at work!
7. What is your current state of mind? How do you explain side-eye?
8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Oh this one is very easy. The most overrated virtue is patience. Why? Why must we wait for things to happen? I’m a fan of things happening now or yesterday. No time like the present!
9. What do you most dislike about your appearance? That’s a question I used to devote (too) many hours to considering. I can tell you on any given day what is wrong with the way I look. But all of these thoughts do not take up too much of my headspace anymore. I’m unapologetic about how I look, but I’ll never be satisfied. Satisfaction is for suckers.
10. What qualities do you most like in a man? in a woman? The qualities I enjoy in both women and men are the same. I want someone straightforward who doesn’t waste time and cuts to the chase. I like candid people who are conscientious, kind, and exciting all at the same time. Tact is important too. I also like complicated people, whatever that means. Does that count as a quality?
11. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? It’s so hard to figure out what words you overuse. I think I say “oh my god!’ and “Shut. Up!” more than I’d like to. I curse like a New Yorker.
12. When and where were you happiest? I am most happy when I get a full nights rest, after a good dance class, drinks & dinner with friends and also rare moments when I get to spend time alone.
13. Which talent would you most like to have? I don’t think that there is a talent that I’d like to have. I used to dance, sing, and act when I was younger but after college, other pursuits got in the way. I still dance at studios in NYC but I’m older and the lack of practice takes its toll. So, it would be great to be as good as I was when I was 21 but that’s not happening. I’m content to participate and do well for myself.
14. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I am a brutally critical person when it comes to judging myself so there probably isn’t anything that I would leave unchanged about me. There’s always a way to make yourself better. That doesn’t mean I’m unhappy about myself, it just means that I know there’s imperfections in everything and I wish that wasn’t the case.
15. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? If I died and came back to earth, I think that I would come back as a pet who is extremely pampered by its rich American owner. All I would be expected to do is look cute and not pee on the rug.
16. Where would you most like to live? Where I’d like to live is a question that I’ve been considering for sometime now. I love NYC but it might be time for me to take a break. I will consider anywhere that’s not in the States. I welcome suggestions. But I’ll come back.
17. What is your most treasured possession? Hmm, maybe a piece of jewelry that I never wear for fear of losing it. No idea what the monetary “value” is but it came from someone special. Oh I also love my Ostrich Pillow. If you don’t know what that looks like, you should look it up. If it was socially appropriate, I think I would wear it at least once a day in public.
18. What is your most marked characteristic? To be honest, I’m not really sure what a “marked” characteristic is. One thing that is a little weird is that I can function well with very little sleep. I have an obscene amount of energy and am the least likely person to fall asleep in public, even on very, very long flights.
19. What do you most value in your friends? Loyalty and candor. I have a small group of friends who I’ve known for 20+ years. They know me better than I know myself and love me anyway. I most admire their silent nodding when I am spewing nonesense trying to convince myself of something that I don’t really believe. Their silence means a lot and always makes me reconsider certain thoughts and ideas.
20. Who are your favorite writers? I can’t even begin to list my favorite writers! To name a few: Judy Blume, Edwidge Danticat, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Haruki Murakami , Anais Nin, Junot Diaz, Jhumpa Lahiri, Chinua Achebe, Edith Wharton.
21. What are your favorite names? My favorite names are ones that can be first and surnames at the same time. Or, alternatively, I like surnames as first names. I went through a stage where I wanted to name my first child Ford but my friends nixed that idea and I’ve since grown out of that one. I still kinda like it though.
22. How would you like to die? Never thought about that. How about before I turn 40? 🙂 I know where I don’t want to die: in public. I have paranoia that I’ll kick the bucket on the subway in NYC or on the street or worse, in the office. I just don’t want anyone to see it happening. It seems embarrassing and I wouldn’t want a crowd watching me. I guess I shouldn’t worry about that because I wouldn’t exist anymore, but that’s how I think.
After graduating with honors from New York University and working as a junior development associate at Showtime Networks, Natasha Alexis earned her J.D. from Northeastern Law School and practiced intellectual property law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison. Prior to joining Chalberg & Sussman in 2014, Natasha worked at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth, where she built her own list of clients while assisting with business affairs and contract negotiation.
Natasha’s clients include Samuel W. Gailey, author of Deep Winter (Blue Rider Press), a Penguin Debut Author selection; Jezebel.com contributor Tracy Moore, author of Oops! How to Rock the Mother of Surprises: A Positive Guide to Your Unexpected Pregnancy (Adams Media); and Robert Tate Miller, author of Forever Christmas (Thomas Nelson).
A soccer fan and former dancer, Natasha is seeking manuscripts from all categories, including literary and commercial fiction, fun Middle Grade fiction, edgy chick lit, dark thrillers and New Adult fiction. Natasha is especially attracted to projects featuring people of color, and counts pop culture, lifestyle, and wellness-oriented nonfiction among her interests.