Earning a living as an actress, I would first choose roles and projects with positive messages that caused audiences to stop and consider their lives and the choices they are making. In live theatre, you have such a great opportunity to really drive important messages home, and I would take advantage of that. I know from my own personal experience that one viewing of a show that really resonates with you can really turn your life around, because after a few viewings of American Idiot, I began to see that if I wanted to change my life I was the only person that could do that. I enrolled in acting classes and soon moved to Chicago briefly, achieving two career goals of mine: My first IMDB credit and my first paid role.
The second thing I would like to do is begin a program that really encourages students in theatrical arts all over the country. I grew up believing that my dream was silly because not many people believe that an acting career can be beneficial in Wisconsin. I would like to change that viewpoint, but more importantly, encourage kids who are going through what I did. I want to help people go after their dreams and find no shame in that, despite what the “norm” in their region might be.
Art has the potential to change lives, and I would like to take that potential and make it into a reality.