“Well, I have a dream too, but it’s about singing and dancing and making people happy. It’s the kind of dream that gets better the more people you share it with. And I found a whole group of friends who have the same dream, and that makes us sort of like a family.”
For me, art is a combination of two things: telling stories and defying expectations. My intent as an artist is to bring stories to life, and use those stories to shape both who I am and the world around me. My entire being has been shaped by my experiences, and I want to share my stories with the world. But I also want to help other people share their stories, and bring to light the stories of others who feel isolated in the world.
I feel like I have been defying expectations my whole life. Growing up on the Autism Spectrum, there were many moments where myself and others doubted that I could get to this point in my life. But I have proven time and time again that I am more than any simple label. I do not want to ignore this part of my life, however. I want to show that, for many people, what others might consider weaknesses can actually be strengths. These difficult parts of my life have made me who I am today, and I want to make sure people know that.
As an actor, my goal is to bring an honest and truthful performance to each role, working in a little bit of myself into every character. As a director, I want to help others achieve the same sense of truth I strive for as an actor, and create interesting interpretations of other people’s stories. As a playwright, I want to use my experiences and the subjects I’m inspired by to tell new stories that bring light to groups and issues many people don’t seem to talk about. But most importantly, I want to surround myself with a community of other artists who feel the same way, and want to share these stories, incite emotional reactions and conversations, and make each other and audiences happy while doing it.