I remember wanting to change careers from restaurants to animation. I had no clue how that was going to work. I spoke with a friend who told me to join Rise Up Animation. This was the best advice that anyone has given me. There I met Monica Lago-Kaytis. After our first meeting, I knew I had scored on a mentor. She helped me get into Kidscreen, stayed in touch, prepared me for interviews and helped me fix my resume. What was so outstanding to me was that the help was given by another woman of color. I am so grateful to Rise Up Animation and Monica for helping people of color see that they can make a difference in the world of animation. That we belong. I am currently an EA at Nickelodeon! Besides my boss, I am the only brown person in the room. I will make RUA proud!