If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
I would definitely come back as a honey badger. They are fearless, demonstrate perseverance, are thick-skinned, have huge claws, and most amazing of all, can sleep off poison from venomous cobras and carry on.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
My first two years in the illustration program were really difficult for me. Looking back, I know that it was because I went through a lot of grieving knowing that my dad (who passed away in 2011) would have got a kick out of me being in art school. My dad and I had little drawing contests every once in a while; he'd sneak into my room while I was painting to see my progression, and he overall just loved sharing his passion for art with me as I was so enthralled with art, myself. I felt so miserable at points with the pressure of projects, learning new media, compositions, thinking processes, all tagged along with my own grieving, that I considered dropping out more times than I can count. I kept telling myself that I was at Sheridan for dad, that it's what he always wanted for me, but the point that turned it all around was realizing that I was there for myself. It was not his choice for me to go there, it was his support that brought me to finish this program, something I always wanted to do. I'm so happy to say that I got this far because my work has transformed into something I never could have imagined myself doing.
What is your most marked characteristic?
Probably my laugh... haha! That, and I've heard others say over and over that I'm a happy person. I just love laughing, and the easiest time for me to laugh is when I'm not thinking too much and just saying things off the top of my head. Whenever I experience a bit of wit from my own mouth, it catches me off guard and I end up laughing at myself, making others laugh along with me (usually because they think it's hilarious that I'm laughing at my own jokes). If you can't laugh at yourself, you're missing the point of life!
What do you most value in your friends?
My best friends may live a good road trip away from me currently, but every time we see each other, it's like no time has passed. They remind me that a bad day can turn around in a moment, you just have to let the past be in the past. They never judge each other or myself, and whenever there's a bit of tension arising between us, we smother it like a blanket over a fire. They're the type of people who welcome anyone and everyone with open arms into their life and are grateful for others' happiness over their own. Not only are they valued by me, but they value everyone equally.
What is your motto?
"Don't be sad"