Q: What was the process like with your occupational therapist discovering the best way for you to do makeup?
A: Frustrating because I was so used to doing make up one way and for someone to come in and not be as experienced as I was, it was frustrating. But I wouldn’t have tried if it weren’t for her so it was also motivating.
Q: How was it meeting Carissa Moore?
A: That was awesome!! It was really, really nice to meet her. She’s so humble and sweet and even offered to help me learn to surf! She just made me feel really comfortable. At first, I was so scared and tried to hide my insecurities, but with confidence you just have to fake it until you make it and that’s what I told myself before I went in and I ended up feeling good about the outcome of how her makeup looked.
Q: Is makeup to you just for fun or a career?
A: It’s definitely something I want to pursue. I hope one day to have my own makeup brand and to be a celebrity make up artist.
Q: What are your goals for the future?
A: To continue to meet new people with Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) and show them that life goes on and to motivate people.
Q: Where do you find your strength and motivation to stay optimistic?
A: I find it in my family and most definitely in my friends. Also, in other people who have similar disabilities like myself. I surround myself with amazing people, like the dance team (Rollettes) and being around people who I can relate to is really important to me.
Q: What are you most thankful for?
A: My dad telling me when I was little “there’s no such thing as I can’t.” I never thought it would make such an impact in my life, but I truly live by that.