For the first time ever, I feel comfortable in my own skin. Every day all I can ask and expect of myself is to get 1% better. Having such a loving and supportive community around me made that very easy. - Keith
While I have never been hugely overweight, I often remind people that it is all relative; you don’t have to be morbidly overweight to feel the effects of school bullies or casting directors’ / teachers’ quick tongues about being “a little chunky,” or even the voices in your own head looking at yourself in the mirror!
Going into Snatched I really didn’t have wonderful body image. While I was in better shape than I have been in the past, I still felt like I didn’t have the nutritional or fitness education to create stability in my life.
My senior year of college I was cast in a show based on the music of Airsupply, only to be told once we got into rehearsal that I was “too fat to be a rockstar,” needed to be more “heroin chic,” and was subsequently put on a crash diet.
Throughout the rehearsal process, I was closely monitored and told to “suck it in” numerous times in a room full of my peers. While to others it may have seemed trivial, almost three years later it was something that I have really struggled to shake off and rebuild my confidence.
Being an aspiring performer in NYC didn’t make that any easier. The audition process is like going on job interviews everyday, putting yourself out into the world for constant scrutiny; am I too tall? too short? too fat? too thin? and then expected to wake up and do it all again the next day!
This all came to a head and I found myself letting my own neurosis get in the way of my day-to-day life, auditions etc. So I took the plunge and signed up for Snatched!
For the past six weeks I have been slogging it out at the MFF Clubhouse in Snatched. For the first time ever, I feel comfortable in my own skin. Not only have I been transformed on the outside, more than anything my outlook on life has been turned on its head!
Every day all I can ask and expect of myself is to get 1% better, and having such a loving and supportive community around me made that very easy.
In a political climate such as this, and a time where a smile isn’t always our first instinct, the MFF family has made me feel like I’m a part of something greater! That if we can be there for each other as a community and leave each person in better condition than when we found them, we are doing our part for the world!!
I am so grateful for the awesome journey that Snatched has been, but for this baby Ninja this is just the beginning! And I can’t wait to see what the future holds!!