“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
― Anne Frank
Social Change is Everywhere.
I spent ten years advocating for parents and small business leaders. We set out to give Corporate America a run for their money, and we did just that.
In the last 12 months I have shifted my advocacy efforts again. I know that I am not the only one who has felt compelled to use my voice for social change. Look around and you’ll see that this modern-day activism is more than a trend. It’s a paradigm shift. We are living in a transformation of astronomical proportions.
All it takes to become an activist is passion, knowledge and a desire to help bring about change.
Identify your gifts and talents that will open the space for new growth. The nation is undergoing a major overhaul and now more than ever there is a need for activists, change makers and social advocates. Positive engagement has impact. Your voice matters.
I ask myself every day, “How can I be better?”
The biggest change makers are not afraid to ask this question. It involves recognizing when your knee jerk reaction to any kind of injustice is getting defensive. If you are too consumed with protecting what you believe belongs to you, or with all of the injustices that are making you a victim, there is a good chance you have closed yourself off to your own power, and your ability to contribute to a better world. Look within. We are never really done growing. If you can change your own life, you have an opportunity to change the world.
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
― Mother Teresa
On Today’s Show
Today, my good friend, Richard Soto joins us today to talk about empathy, improved citizenry and changing the lives of children through art and theatre. Enthusiasm and altruism ooze off of him like an ice cream cone in summer. Richard is a positive light in the lives of so many and I know you’ll enjoy meeting him today.
Richard is a passionate professional actor (SAG-AFTRA, AEA), teaching artist, fight choreographer, writer and a social activist. He has performed at theaters throughout Southern California, including South Coast Repertory, San Diego Rep, The Old Globe, and A Noise Within. His Film/TV credits include Believers, Third Degree Burn, Firebirds, The West Wing, and General Hospital. He has choreographed fights around the SoCal region, including South Coast Repertory, Los Angeles Theater Center, Teatro Meta, American Coast Theater. As a Reading Interventionist and substitute with the Compton Unified School District, Richard has experienced first hand the issues of low income, minority students struggling in education, helping them to understand and achieve self-sufficiency in order to participate in the American Dream. His acting classes at South Coast Repertory are a socially active environment where students of various backgrounds, including low-income, home-schooled, and on the autistic spectrum, experience the arts, creativity, expression and empathy. He recently published a comic book, The Legend of El Lobo, with a Latino superhero, promoting Latino/Aztec history and culture, diversity and literacy, also to be produced as a web series/feature film. Fueled by his passion for people, the arts, and education, Richard uses his skills and life experiences to inspire anyone and everyone within the human spectrum to find their voice, their passion, in order to achieve their dreams, and better their lives.