Interview: Bill Chott

billchottI’m really honored to have interviewed this person. He was responsible in large part for me getting into improv, so technically this guy changed my life. Because of him, I learned the incredible value of saying “yes” to new opportunities and of being around people who support me without hesitation. Because of him, I learned that taking time to play can help you in your work. And because of him, I found my second family – the improv community of St. Louis.

Meet Bill Chott.

What is your first and last name?
Bill Chott

How long have you been a non-vegan?
I was born a vegan, but milk was forced on me at an early age. I have tried vegetarianism and will most likely return to a mostly vegetarian diet soon.

Why have you decided not to be vegan?
I haven’t made up my mind. It’s probably because I’m not thinking clearly. I could use some protein right now.

Where do you get your protein?
Mostly meat, fish, eggs and a daily protein shake. The shake includes milk and I dislike it when made with water, almond or soy milk so I could probably never be truly vegan. I love cheese, too.

What vegan food do you fear you’re missing out on as a non-vegan?
I don’t know of any vegan options that I dislike. When I went vegetarian for a few months, I learned I love quinoa and kale. My new guilty pleasure is hearing people mispronounce quinoa.

Do you eat fish? You eat fish, right?
I was raised Catholic and then Orthodox Catholic, so I have had my fair share of fish growing up. I prefer cod, and I make a nice salmon. Because my faith was changed without any major input from me, I view religion as rather fishy as a whole. What I eat or don’t eat does not define my spirituality. But I prefer Hebrew National hot dogs.

billchott-dogAre there any animals in your life, such as pets or funny neighborhood squirrels? Tell us a story about them.
My dog Wally just passed away. He was the best! We’d take daily walks for three miles, and he was my constant companion when I wrote in my office. I never thought about eating him once.

What do you do for fun besides eating meat and dairy?
I chew up scenery.

Do you have any upcoming projects you want to plug?
I voiced a character for an upcoming animated film called Snow King, and I’m appearing at the Magic Castle, iO West and Flappers comedy club this month. As always, I teach improv and anyone can take a free class at www.theimprovtrick.com.

Make up a question of your own and answer it.
Have you ever spit out meat?
(spitting out meat) Who me?

Song: Run Come See By The Phoenix Singers
Recipe: Vegan Shakes!

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