Growing up as an overweight and athletically challenged boy left me feeling stranded on the fringe of the socially dichotomy. Fortunately, I was able to discover performing at an early age. This journey through theatre not only provided me with needed self esteem, but seemingly leveled the social playing field. Through the arts, suddenly I was able to interact with more of my peers and had a deeper understanding of team dynamics. As I was able to open up, others my age began to see my personality and humor and appreciate that. I was able to leave behind that initial fear because I had found a voice in performing. I had encouragement to voice my perspective in a safe place which then grew into being able to do so with those I had felt distant from in the past. We are not merely allowed to tell stories with this craft, but given the opportunity and the tools to be the individuals. Who can begin a journey to self discovery.