Many people, especially young women, ask how I got to where I am now. Because the truth of it is there are not a lot of people who look like me in this business. So I have become a role model to girls who want to do what I do - start their own show, have a love interest on their show, and not be a size zero or many of those things. Growing up, I was not that encouraged outside of my immediate family to pursue on-camera work. People would find out I wanted to be a writer and they would encourage that. I think I had to find a spark that sort of came from within. My mom used to say to me: you have to be your own best friend. Then you’ll never be alone. And that was very true. I have been my own champion.