M is for Marissa
A conversation with Marissa Nash.
Interviewer: Thanks for meeting with me, Marissa. Let’s get some basics out of the way.
What is your name, age, occupation and a brief family history?
Marissa: I’m so glad to be here. Let’s see. My name is Marissa Valentina Nash. I’m 27 years old and I work as an accountant. My mom, is Ava and she’s from South America. My dad, John Nash, grew up in Pennsylvania. My mother was a stay at home mom while my dad was an engineer. I have one older sister, Vanessa, who is married to Eli. Vanessa is an elementary school principal and Eli is an engineer, like Dad. Currently they don’t have children.
Interviewer: Interesting. How did you decide upon accounting as a career?
Marissa: Accounting wasn’t my first choice but I love it. I know it sounds boring but I find it fascinating. I’m a bit of an organization freak so the act of having everything add up really appeals to me.
Interviewer: What was your first choice as a career?
Marissa: I was a ballet dancer. Days before I was due to audition for Juilliard, I was involved in a car accident where I broke my ankle. There went my audition. I was kind of having doubts and I had a love of math so I made the switch from pursuing a career in dance to pursuing a business degree. I danced in college, just to keep up my skills and now I co-own my grandmother’s old dance studio. I’m also happy as an accountant and have recently been notified I’m up for partner in my firm.
Interviewer: Wow a dancer. When did you start dancing?
Marissa: I started at a young age. My grandmother was principal dancer with the Royal Ballet. I was enthralled by what I saw and immediately wanted to dance.
Interviewer: If you were granted three wishes, what would you wish for?
Marissa: Wow, that’s tough. First, I’d wish to have at least another day with grandmother. I miss her and the long conversations we used to have. She was such an inspiring person. Second, I’d wish for a happy life for my friends and family. Lastly, I want Justin to finally feel at peace with the tragic events that occurred during his deployment. He’s come a long way but I know the deaths of so many of his friends and colleagues still weighs on him. He’s grateful he survived and appreciates the ones that made it out but it’s the ones who couldn’t that keep him up at night.
Interviewer: If you had a free day with no responsibilities, and your only job was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?
Marissa: I would spend the day with Justin and my dog, Halo. If the weather was nice and warm I’d go to a beach. If it were a cold day, I’d just curl up with them and spend the day watching old movies.
Interviewer: What’s your idea of a good marriage? Do you hope to have that kind of marriage one day?
Marissa: My idea of a good marriage involves honesty, mutual respect, support, and having fun. I want my husband to know he’s the number one person in my life and I want to feel the same. Yes, I know I will have that kind of marriage one day and I’m positive it’s going to be with the love of my life, Justin Tanner.
Interviewer: What’s the worst thing that happened in your life? What did you learn from it?
Marissa: The worst thing that happened to me was finding my previous fiancé, David, murdered in our home. Then the fallout from David’s deeds put people I love in deadly situations. There were times I couldn’t count on anyone else but myself. I learned I have more strength inside me than I realized.
Interviewer: What’s your favorite color and why?
Marissa: I’m going to go girly. My favorite color is pink. It reminds me of ballet. I wore many pink tutus in my day and my pointe shoes were usually pink. It’s a happy color to me and represents the freedom and expressing emotions through movement.
Interviewer: Thanks Marissa. It was great getting to know you.