I decided to study special education and fell in love with working with individuals with autism. That's what I planned to do with my life.
I know that I've got big ears and a big forehead and that my hair sticks up, but I'm happy with myself. I'm not necessarily trying to win a beauty pageant here.
It doesn't really matter to me how I make a difference, I just wanna make sure that I do.
The message I'll share...is that inclusion is extremely important for kids with and without disabilities.
And I think that when I finally decided to let go and let God and allow that to happen, I became a lot more successful than I could have done if I had planned it all myself.
My mother taught me that we all have the power to achieve our dreams. What I lacked was the courage.
The greatest glory never comes from falling, but from rising each time you fall.
I kind of had my life planned out for me. I'd be married at some point, have, you know, 1.5 children, and be a principal possibly one day. But I think that that was kind of my problem. I allowed myself to plan out my life and didn't let provident direction guide my life.
I mean, that's kind of what this business is about in some ways. You're trying to make everybody like you. But you can't do that. You can't force everybody - anybody to like you if they're just not willing to do it.
I got rid of my glasses and they changed my hair. That's really all they did. They went shopping for me, so the clothes are different too. It wasn't like Extreme Makeover where I got a nose job or anything.
I know this is going to sound cheesy and like I'm trying to be Miss America, but the most important responsibility a celebrity has is to set an example and be a role model.
Every kiss is a kiss you can never get back.
If my career detour from special education to singing has done one thing, it has afforded me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.
You know, I think I'm a stronger person for realizing that you can't make everybody love you.
It's a whole team of people working 24 hours around the clock to make me look like this.
I went to school for special education. I always assumed when I had the opportunity I would love to try and help kids with disabilities.
While everyone I work with may not share my beliefs, I have been surrounded by nothing but support.
I think celebrities have an obligation to the public to not just sing or act.
But I was going to be a teacher my entire life, so I wasn't counting on money to much.
It's not the money. It's not the fame. It's the influence.
And I don't think that success can be measured by how many TV shows you're on.
I could have a degree in music and come on the show, and Simon could still say 'You stink'.
In my ideal world, no child would suffer. Charitable instincts would prevail. There would be global acceptance of all different types of people.
UNICEF is working for the survival of children worldwide. What can we do to get more Americans committed to the cause?
It's important that I make a difference in some way. It's not necessarily how I make a difference, but I want to make sure that I do.
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