“Places!” For an actor, the final moments of being your true self are held in this word. After this moment, the lights come up, and I disappear; my character comes to life for the next hour to three hours. It’s true that a role can change a person, but what’s more important is that a person changes a role; makes it their own and allows the character to grow into something more than what is written on the script’s paper. When I was a freshman in high school, I was given my first lead as “Princess Twinkleberry,” a bratty and spoiled princess who would do nothing unless it suited her. I was the first person to ever have this role, and so how she came about was left up to my own discretion. Four years later during my senior year, my director decided to do the same show, one last time. The role was given to me once again and I was given the opportunity to see how this princess could transform into a whole new role, with four years of growth. Seeing the differences in how I portrayed her a second time allowed me to see that I had grown as a person and especially as an actor. I was able to learn new tactics in going about my character’s personality and she became so much deeper in the development of who she was as a person, which allowed the audience to open up to her even more. I had developed a sense of who I had become, and left a piece of me in the character of “Princess Twinkleberry.” I had grown as an actor onstage, and off, opening myself up to more experiences and possibilities. I had created a character of my own: Callie Sherwood Still, the small but feisty girl with a dream that just won’t quit.