Hi, guys, how are you?
So good to see you guys, so you guys having a good night?
I have to say that it’s such an honour to be here, it is, I’m so happy to be here,
I’m like a nerd and brought my own speech but I hope it’s OK that I take this opportunity to really just spend with you guys and tell you a little bit about my story.
I’m not an activist, I haven’t changed the world or led a campaign, I’m here to just tell you my path, so that you hopefully can take something away from it, because I don’t like being honest with -- this is a truth -- I don’t like being honest with press and interviews, I like being honest with you, directly, which is each and every one of you.
Because I feel like I can and I’m just going to start with the basics, so I’m 21 and my mom had, my mom had me when she was 16.
And I’m from Grand Prairie, Texas, and she worked four jobs and completely dedicated her life into making mine better.
So, to me, she is the definition of a strong woman.
And I love her so much.
Because she’s taught me those values so much.
I have been acting my entire life and I have known since I was first on Barney, you know that purple dinosaur, he’s great.
You guys are so motivated, I feel like I can say anything!
When I was eleven, the point being is that when I was seven I wanted to be an actress and I wanted to live my dream.
And when I was eleven I had a casting director tell that I wasn’t strong enough to carry my own show.
And I’m sure all of you have been told that you don’t have what it takes and you may not be good enough and you don’t have enough people supporting you and you’ve been told all of these things when deep down it’s all you want to do.
You want to be a part of something great.
You want to make something great.
And it does more than not the wind out of you and crushes you when people try to tell you that you’re not good enough.
And it almost did for me but there was my mom next to me stronger than ever and she said the most important thing is to always trust in myself.
If I have, if I’m doing something because I love it, I should do it because I love it and I believe that I can do it.
So she told me to keep going, thank you, she told me and she taught me to turn the other cheek and let the credits, the critics be critics, and let us just trust ourselves.