|Chapter 6: From English to Acting|
From childhood, I had always wanted to become an English teacher. I loved
language. The manipulation of it. The sound of it. The rhythm of it. And its
power. I always wanted to share my knowledge with others and I was always
comfortable in my role as a leader.
my childhood years, I would often gather neighborhood children together in
my home. I would cut up pieces of paper (since using school paper would have
been a luxury for me) and act the role of teacher. I enjoyed that role and
the other children allowed me to have it. Surprisingly, no one ever
challenged me for a turn as teacher.
understood that I was the teacher and they were not.
was never a doubt in my mind that I would actualize my ambition to become a
teacher until I began taking acting classes at UC Santa Cruz and eventually
co-founded Black Magic Theatre on campus.
at that crossroad that my passion for acting won out over my desire to major
in English. Though I did not become an English teacher as I always dreamed I
would, I did become a teacher, nonetheless.
taught thousands of students in well over twenty five years that include the
novice to the highly acclaimed celebrity including Toni Braxton, Jada
Pinkett Smith, Benjamin Bratt, Kym Whitley, Don D.C Curry and many more.
How blessed I feel to have become what I always wanted to become, and to have known my calling at such an early age. Over twentysomething years later, I still love teaching and am glad I combined teaching with acting.