If you could change your identity right now, who would you be?
I would be on Broadway.
Growing up, I used to go into my parents' room, close the door, turn off the lights, turn on my dad's desk lamp and reposition it as a spotlight on myself in the mirror... and perform! I was known only as Meili. One word, like Madonna, Cher, or Moses. I was ever-so-humble about my incredible fame, and my audience adored me.
4 Years Old
Nothing can move me as deeply or bring me to tears as quickly as a fantastic performance. I cried all the way through Les Miz, beginning with Work Song ("Look down"). I was sitting next to my good friend Nick, and I'm sure he were wishing he could have switched seats with someone in the very back of the balcony, rather than endure my constant sniffling and nose-sleeve-wiping. And of course, the tears flowed during Defying Gravity when I saw Wicked with my fabulous grandparents. That Elphaba, man! She's just looking for some justice in this cruel world! Someone give her a break! Just this weekend, I saw my little brother-in-law Aaron perform in a Youtheatre production of Footloose in Park City. The girl who sang Holding Out for a Hero made the tears flow again, which I tried to hide from my man, who was sitting next to me. I mean, it's not a sad song, or even a song of triumph. It's just a fun, show off song. And show off she did! I cried for two reasons. One was that her talent truly overwhelmed me. And two was that I wished it were me singing on that stage!
So again, I pose the question: Who would you be if you could be anyone? What would you do if you could instantly acquire the necessary skills, connections, and cojones?