Tuesday 24 April 2018

Stefanie Preissner: By avoiding failure we avoid success

As young people all over the country wait for their Leaving Cert results on Wednesday, Stefanie Preissner has a message for them - the outcome will not define you

Stefanie Preissner
Stefanie Preissner

If I erase failure from my narrative, I give you an unrealistic version of me. If I give you an unrealistic version of me, then I make it impossible to be real with you. If I make it impossible for myself to be real, then I end up living a lie. Lies are unsustainable, and I will fail to keep the mask of perfection on, and so on and on we go, ardently courting unhappiness.

I was introduced to a group of young people to whom I was giving a talk. This is Stefanie Preissner:

"At 29, writer and actor Stefanie Preissner is blazing a trail as one of the most influential voices of her generation. Her six-part comedy-drama series Can't Cope/Won't Cope hit RTE 2 screens in September 2016 and heralded a new era in Irish TV with its sharp observations on youth culture. It has been bought for broadcast by BBC Three and recommissioned by RTE for a second series - due to air early 2018.

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