These are my 'funny' teeth. Funny is the nickname they'd gotten by various people. For many years I did not allow myself to really, truly smile or laugh in order to prevent revealing them to stop being ridiculed . "Your smile isn't photogenic" I was told by my old agent, "if you could only get them straightened, I will get you these $$$$ bookings." With this thought in mind, I went to see a cosmetic dentist who digitally created a "perfect Hollywood smile" for me and gleefully showed me the before and after pictures. For so many years I wanted to look media perfect but suddenly perfection scared me. Here I was, full of self hatred, even more so than before, but somehow the prospect of such a major life changing decision, surgically enhancing my smile, was like a wake up call. This experience ended up being both cathartic and cleansing. I decided not to pursue cosmetically enhancing my smile. Instead, I "trained" myself to smile in ways that would limit how much of my smile I would reveal. And the journey of a 1000 miles began with that first step. Eventually, my smile opened more, became wider and brighter until, one day, I realized that I no longer felt a need to hide my 'funny" teeth at all!
TODAY, I laugh so so much, I even end up being the loudest person at comedy clubs, I walk around NYC smiling to strangers, wide open. My teeth now have seen the light of day and I'm so so happy to embrace them as they are, not perfect and all, but free, and very accepting of many smiles back :) #botharebeautiful PS: oh, and my new agents are accepting and encouraging for me to be happy with all of me! :D @straightcurvefilm #stillbeautiful#straightcurvefilm#loveHasNolabels