For many, acting is about fame and fortune, but not for me. My artistic goal is one based on the humanistic qualities of integrity, wisdom and compassion. I desire to use my talent, body, and voice as an instrument to enact positive change in the world toward a goal of peace and unity; to get people to think, to question, to explore, to understand and to get involved in their communities. When I act my goal is to not only entertain, but to connect compassionately with the viewers’ soul and relate on a level not easily achieved. I feel most authentic when I am exploring as an actor and was first attracted as a child by my dreams to live in a world where I could be anything that I could possibly conceive. There were no restrictions on what societal or cultural norms dictated. I did not have to be the stereotypical child from a broken family living with my single mother and siblings; fighting to find my own identity despite what was statistically evident among my peers. I could be a queen! It was not only the freedom to explore the human condition, but to also explore my identity as an individual and as part of the collective. Identity is what defines us as humans. It is what separates us and what brings us together. As an actor I can be anyone from antiquity to the distant future, known or unknown, and connect on a level that transcends just my body and mind. When I am on stage I am connecting with the universe. It is then that I am most human. I think Daisaku Ikeda said it best, “Through art people discover their bonds with each other, with nature, and with the universe… The work is life itself, born of the union of the self and the universe, the microcosm and the macrocosm.” I give myself wholy to the work in this effort to connect with others.