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"Embarking on a new career path. I thought it was silly, at first, to get back into a field more competitive than the one I’m already in… but then I got a taste of it again. When you get a taste of something that fuels your soul, you can’t let go of it. You have to pursue it.

I had pushed the idea of getting back into acting so far down that I had almost forgotten about it. Almost. Quite a few people might know that I have a passion for public relations and social media, but some of them don’t know just how deep my desire to act is and how long I’ve known it. I was seven when I took my first acting class and I loved it. Two years later, Titanic came out. I went to see it in theaters and watching Kate Winslet inspired me. That was the moment I knew. I spent the next 10 years acting in various plays, but when it came time to go to college, I decided to get a different degree and pursue acting afterward if it was truly my calling.

I’m optimistic because I know the possibilities are endless and I’m happy every moment I’m challenging myself, but the fear is always there, lurking in the back of my mind. I was afraid to post anything about me pursuing my dream again, but I got to the point where I realized that by hiding it, I wasn’t interfering in anyone else’s dreams, just my own. It turns out that a lot of my friends are extremely supportive and sometimes have more confidence in me than I have in myself. I’m grateful for those people. I’m grateful that I can pursue acting while still contributing to the PR field. And most of all, I’m grateful to know that there is a fire in my heart calling me to follow my dreams."

Andrew & Nikki

Nikki: "... We have to communicate a lot more when we're painting together, we both have different styles and we both look at colors and shapes a lot differently. And so it helps us communicate  a lot. It's really important."

Andrew: "People see my work and they give me a lot of props and credibility for it. But they don't realize if I did all of this alone it wouldn't  be half as good. She sits next to me and we talk about it. Like we actually discuss it. And because she's the one I'm discussing it with, my artwork comes out waaaaay better!"

"In general, we get really good at telling each other what we do like and what we don't like. So whenever it comes down to things outside of our art, it's not an ordeal. It's like we don't have to walk on eggs shells when it comes to communicating our differences"