I’m not talented, as in, I don’t think I have a natural gift for performance. But what I did have was passionate. In 2008 I performed in my very first theatre production, “the King and I”. It was such a magical experience for me and my one liner “walk on water!?” still echoes in my mind from time to time. It was the production that spark my interest in theatre. I went on to dedicate the next four years of my high school experience to the craft. However, most of that time was spent in the ensemble or in production doing hair and make-up. But to be honest, I really didn’t mind it at all. Of course I wanted a bigger role but getting to participate in any form was gratifying enough. I wasn’t talented like my peers at the time. Despite not being an art school we had some tremendous performers at the school. I wasn’t naturally strong enough to compete with them yet I also wasn’t brave enough. I didn’t have the courage to pursue the training or take the risks I needed, so I spent the rest of my high school years complacently on the sideline. However, I knew I wanted to do this for the rest of my life. I knew performing was my thing, my calling. Somewhere down the line, I recognized that I need to make it happen because I have no talent to rely on. So I took a risk and apply to theatre school. I trained rigorously with humility and drive. I practiced. I experimented. I fought. Fast forward 10 years later, I’m now working as a actor, director, and creator. I got to work nationally and internationally. I got to work on major feature films. I did films, plays, and commercials. I now spend everyday doing something that gives me a purpose and direction. I got to do all this not because I’m talented because I’m really not. There are still videos out there of me screwing up my performances over the years. I got to do all this because of love and dedication. I love what I do so I made it work. This is the real 10 year challenge achievements that I’m proud of.