I grew up poor in San Pedro, California, sleeping on the floor of shady motels with my five siblings and not always sure when or where I'd get my next meal.
Though I have tremendous support from lots of people, there are so many others waiting to tear me down.
All you can do is be your best self. I've always felt that I had to be that much more aware of how I present myself. I'm representing more than just me. I think every person should think that way.
I think, as a child, there weren't dreams. I can't recall as a child having some ultimate dream and thinking that it was possible.
You have to be the one promoting yourself. If you don't think that you're worthy, you're never going to make it.
I never thought of myself as special or particularly good at anything. But once I started ballet, suddenly I had a new identity: prodigy.