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  • The one thing that made me leave my hometown was opportunity. I am an actor with my sights set very high. Cliche as it may sound, I'm talkin oscar-winning, emmy-holding, well respected and well known actress. If it were possible for me to live full time in Clarksburg, West Virginia [where I grew up] and pursue this endeavor...I would! Its just not possible. However, I might not have had this dream if I grew up anywhere else. Tucked into the beautiful hills of Northern West Virginia, there was a community of people dedicated to cultivating the arts for the children in my area. I grew up drenched in community theatre and full time dance classes and dance companies. These people, along with my nothing-but-supportive parents and the warmth and attention only a small-town can give you allowed me to believe that my dream was possible. Part of why I want such great success is to have the influence and finances to pay it forward. I want to return to Clarksburg and do whatever I can to plant creative seeds in the children there and even have a home where I can stay some parts of the year. Clarksburg's got a lot of heart and I like to think that even though I left, I wear a piece of it as I bounce around every day in NYC...
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