I realized that I loved the stage when I was fifteen. While most of my classmates spent their weekends playing sports and shopping at the mall, I spent my free time competing at speech competitions though the CA High School Speech Association and the National Forensic League. Eventually I was traveling throughout the country as a speaker. Whether it’s hosting a comedy show, emceeing a wedding reception, or performing spoken word in a packed sports arena, I feel most at home before an audience, on stage. It is my happy place.