Ever since I was a child I’ve wanted to make a difference in the world, to inspire and move people. A romantic and ambitious ideal, no doubt cliché and seemingly naive, but none the less one that has stuck with me and which I continue to pursue, despite life’s sometimes-nauseating roller coaster ride. I realized early on that literature, music, and film are art forms that transcend time and space and that can reach and inspire people in the farthest corners of the world. If with a single story or song, even if only for a brief instant, I can alter someone’s life – if my passion, my emotions, and my love can reach their soul – then my dreams will have come true and my works will have found meaning.