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It all started on a warm August morning back in 2001 when I arrived to USA and breathed in the aroma of possibilities. I have always wanted to act, model and write. The only drawbacks were that I did not speak English and looked like a mix between Harry Potter and Napoleon Dynamite. Don't think that it stopped me though! Within a year of immigration I started to resemble Velma from Scooby Doo and got contacted by a talent agency which convinced me that 5.3 ft height and braces were perfect for runway and took $1,500 to help me get there. New to the field, I learned three valuable life lessons:
1) A row of apple boxes is not a runway
2) "Please initial here while I take your credit card" is not a good sign
3) Unicorn parking is not easy to find on the busy streets of Philadelphia
I did not give up on the industry though. It might be a tough path, but I believed in myself, so I set a goal, got a Master's Degree in Education with Certification in English, Communication, and Psychology, took charge of my future, and today I am a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, a published author, and a Vice Chair of PA Film Industry Association as well as producer, director, diversity and anti-bullying activist, and educator. I also host annual Bliss of Giving Festival that teaches the power of kindness and run a food program that provides free meals to over 1000 kids a day. I feel blessed to do what I love and encourage others to go for their dreams!
Never let those less daring than you tone down your drive. Turn your dreams into action plans. Achieve and be happy!
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