"It's funny, I'm a man of color in theater. And theater is someplace where you have to express yourself. You grow up having to bottle things in. I've learned through theater to let things out. You have to express yourself as a man. You can't hide things and deny yourself of being human. A lot of guys forget our humanity. 

I'll be honest, I wasn't diagnosed with depression until I came to college. I woke up everyday wondering if it would grow worse. When I was going through this time, Matt said this at one of our meetings: "You either grow better or you grow bitter." I thought about this a lot. 

I grew up without my biological father. Senior year of high school, I was losing my home. I also found out that my brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia. I had to maintain that image of being a man by not showing my weakness. I realized I won't get help unless I ask for it.

We are meant to break and that's ok.

Closed mouths don't get fed. With theater, now I am able to express myself openly, and do what a lot of men aren't able to do. You don't have to put on a suit for the next interview. You could just put on some tights, speak in an accent, and run around.


This is why I love MSA. It teaches men of color to be human. Here's my saying: As humans we are born with paper glass skin and glass for bones, we're fragile. We are meant to break, and that's OK."

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