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“I Want To Draw A Cat For You” Goes Hollywood (and/or Broadway)

Steve Gadlin and Cynthia

Cynthia: One of the highlights of the Los Angeles Feline Film Festival this past September was meeting the sweet silly super Steve Gadlin of I Want To Draw A Cat For You fame.

Marcy (snickering):  Are you two related?

Cynthia (puzzled):  No.

Marcy:  Are you sure?

Cynthia:  Yes. Why?

Marcy:  Uh yeah. So did you actually look at that photo?!  You look like twins. Or did everybody at that crazy cat festival wear cat shirts, glasses, and cat ears?

Cynthia:  But Steve isn’t wearing cat ears.

Marcy (disgusted):  Sigh. Forget it. Hey! Did you get my drawing?

Cynthia:  Yes! I spent about a minute telling Steve about you and then in about 2 minutes he drew this –


Cat drawing by Steve Gadlin of I Want To Draw A Cat For You

Cynthia:  A Marcy fashion cat. Complete with black eye patch and purse. Whoopy!

Marcy purrs.

Cynthia:  Steve was one of the most successful contestants on Shark Tank last year. He convinced Mark Cuban to give him $25,000 to expand his already successful cat drawing business. And this year he started filming Steve Gadlin’s Star Makers, a Chicago based talent show.

Steve Gadlin is one of those entrepreneurs you really root for. He’s kind, quirky, enthusiastic, and just…  goes for it. I mean, not many people could make a lucrative business out of drawing stick figure cats.


by Steve Gadlin


Cynthia:  Oooohhhhh… if he’s at CatCon LA this June, I’m totally going to get a Penelope Kitten drawing too.

penelope kitten:  totes!

Marcy:  Or you could order one off of his website. Duh.

Cynthia:  Well, looks like he is taking a break from drawing cats, so we’ll sing his cat song instead.

Sing it with me kitties!

I Want To Draw A Cat For You
I Want To Draw A Cat For You
I Want To Draw A Cat For You

Cynthia and Penelope Kitten dance around and sing. 

Marcy stalks off.

Cynthia:  Where are you going, Marcy?


Marcy:  Litterbox.

Marcy secretly logs onto the computer and furtively fills out an application to be on Steve Gadlin’s Star Makers.  She hits “send”.

Marcy (triumphantly):  I’m gonna be a STAR!



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Forever 28

Cynthia as a cartoon using the Hello Camera App

Cynthia:  One of the neatest things about all of this technology at our fingertips is the ability to alter our bad photos.

Dark shadows? Press auto-enhance.
Looking tired? Slap on a filter.
Horrified at how old you look? Turn yourself into a cartoon.

No matter what, you can always look twenty-eight.

Marcy:  What’s wrong with looking your age?

Cynthia (brightly):  Nothing.

Marcy:  Uh huh. Then why did you turn yourself into a cartoon?

Cynthia:  Because it’s fun! Because I can! Because… because…

Marcy:  Go on.

Cynthia:  Because…

Cynthia looks somewhat disconcerted.

Cynthia:  Because as time creeps in and settles into your face, the person in the mirror is not the same person on the inside.

And it’s so subtle.
But so startling.
And so scary because you realize how quickly life goes by.

Because there it is, grinding into your face. And you begin to understand why so many women who hit forty have “work” done.

I’d rather be a cartoon.

Marcy:  But isn’t using filters making it worse for your real life?

Cynthia:  Probably. I had a friend recently accuse me of being addicted to my filters. And you know…he’s right.

Marcy:  So what will you do now?

Cynthia (unabashedly and loudly):  Use more!!!

Look. I turned Freddy into a 1980’s film star! Doesn’t he look like Judd Nelson from The Breakfast Club?



Marcy:  No.

Cynthia:  And I turned you into an illustration!


Marcy illustrated


Cynthia (eagerly):  Maybe they’ll make eyeglasses with filters so we can see the whole world through Instagram! Gasp! Instagram Eyes! Now that would be social media at its best.

Marcy:  “Demented and sad, but social.”


*Oh my goodness, Joanna Goddard of A Cup of Jo, just published a post on aging today with an incredible interview of Frances McDormand by Katie Couric. Check it out here.