Life in the world of Beauty is so much more than looking good. My platform is to enable others to feel the best version of themselves. It is on the importance of self-expression for self-development. Youth have to figure out how important self-expression is early on. For me, Arts became a real outlet for expressing myself fully, which led to my development. I was quick to jump into the field as I was intrigued by how effortlessly it allowed my mind and personality to develop. 

The very first time I understood the power of the Arts was after one of my school musicals, in which I took on a very flamboyant lead personality (Mayzie the bird). A few days after the show, I was introduced in school to a girl, who I learnt had autism. She had become a fan of the character and wanted to meet Mayzie in person. Dressed up in my feathered costume and with full make up, I spoke to her and played with her. She was so ecstatic with our interaction. Her teacher later shared with me that for the rest of the school year, the girl wore similar pink outfits as my character had in the musical. The time spent had created a positive space in the girl’s mind, which enabled her to find comfort in interactions. I was so happy to put a smile on someone’s face and grateful for that opportunity which enabled me to help the girl express herself. I realized then, how much of a difference the Arts can make in people’s lives.

When I became Miss Teenage Peel 2019, I shared the news of my title with my school peers, teachers and mentors. I was soon approached by a Ryerson University student, DC Dzoja, who directed our High School’s play in 2018 that made it to the finals at the National Theatre School Festival in Cambridge, ON. She had the vision of a short film as part of her portfolio for the Film Festival and wanted to give me an opportunity to act in it. The film was shot and was screened publicly at Maximum Exposure, an annual film exhibition at Ryerson University. Check out the film here!
I must admit that the genre, a Thriller film, was definitely new territory for me.
But hey, I got my first break to act in a short-film!!!

Written by: Anoushka