Did you consider yourself an ugly duckling in high school?
Absolutely! I was terribly shy, even though I got along with all my classmates. But I was terrified of asking girls out. I did not like how I looked, to the point where I for the most part banned pictures of me. There are not many from that time period. .
When and how did you officially “swan?”
I swanned during college, particularly junior and senior years. I stopped playing things safe and started following my heart, and not just my head. I grew to like all aspects of myself more. I knew that my original career path, engineering, was not going to make me happy, so I started pursuing entertainment. This new abandon flowed into all aspects of my life, the personal and emotional as well as the career.
What advice would you give to the Before you?:
Don’t worry so much about the grades. Still try hard, but enjoy those high school years more. Take chances, especially emotionally–don’t be so shy!