If given the opportunity to earn a living doing what I am truly passionate about, it would be to work as a professional actor and teaching artist. It is also what I plan on pursuing post-grad this next year. Theatrical arts are the emotional window into the reality of the human condition and by exposing more youth to high quality theater the world has a shot at a more compassionate future. Witnessing and performing a play is a direct exchange between the actors and the audience; a sharing of an emotional experience where all of the beautiful, terrible, and inspiring moments of being human are put out in the open. Taboos are often reconsidered and a dialogue starts, and my sincere belief is that audiences gain empathy by watching actors portray those moments. I want to be the actor who shows a little girl that sticking up for herself is always the right choice, the actor who gives a homosexual teen the hope that everything will by okay, and the actor who breaks the silence for those suffering with grief and depression. It may not be a career that develops life-saving vaccines or the latest technology, but by spreading beauty and the honest and intimate portrayal of the human epic, I will contribute to making the world a more tolerant and emotion-positive place.