Belle Potter

Belle is from Santa Cruz and is a full time nanny.

Are you a full time nanny, or is there something else that you enjoy doing?

Actually, I am a musician. I have a band called The Wild Ones.

Ah hah! I had a feeling, given that cool outfit of yours.

Yeah, I sing and play the guitar.

Tell me about your tights.

I don’t like bare legs. I prefer to wear tights, even fishnets, with everything. I just feel it finishes the look.

What do you love most about what you do?

It is the most fun I have ever had, working with my best friends. Learning to play the guitar and singing is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.

What is the most challenging part of what you do?

Feeling like I should be better.

What is the most notable moment?

We flew to Vancouver, British Columbia to play at The Astoria.

Do you believe in a high power? If so, what do you call it?

Yes, I do. I don’t know what to call it.

If you woke up one morning with no fear, what would you do?

I would be a burlesque dancer.

If you could forgive yourself of anything, what would it be?

I would forgive myself for not being perfect.

Karen Quest

Karen Quest is a variety entertainer

What kind of entertainer are you?

I am known as “America’s funniest cowgirl.”

How did that happen?

I went to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and then I developed a vaudeville act. I do trick roping and whip cracking comedy.

Oh my goodness, I think that is amazing!

What do you enjoy most about your job?

People are laughing out of their reality—in other words, I’m creating their reality. If you think back to the Great Depression, that’s when screwball comedies first came into play. The harder things get the more people laugh.

What is the hardest part about your job?

Getting it. I love my work, but the hardest part is finding jobs and getting hired.

Do you believe in a higher power? If so, what do you call it?

I believe in people. I believe in the collective higher consciousness.

If you woke up tomorrow without any fear, what is the first action you would take?

I would call up this guy and ask why he didn’t kiss me when he had the chance. No, I guess my real answer would be stand-up comedy, without any props. Yeah, I would like to do a stand-up routine at an open mic.

For what would you like to be forgiven?

Family and that’s all I am going to say.

Brittany Bradford

Brittany is a Nurse Practitioner.

In what area of nursing?

I just graduated from the Oncology Nurse Practitioner program at UCLA and now I am working my first job at Wilshire Oncology.

What have you been most surprised by at your job working with cancer patients?

I thought I was going to be the one to do the nurturing and giving. I had no idea that I would get back so much.

 Do you believe in a higher power? If so, what do you call it?

Yes, and I call it God.

If you were fearless, what would be the first thing you would do?

I would take a greater professional risk and pursue a more pointed area of cancer study. I would also work overseas to help change health policies to provide cancer care for people who can’t afford it.

 For what would you like to be forgiven?

I can’t share it directly, but there was a time in my life when I  lived in fear. I took actions then that I regret. I am trying to reconcile that with myself and everyone that I affected. I have learned from my mistakes, but I wish I would have handled that time of my life differently.

Kimberly Culotta

Kimberly Culotta is a cinematographer

Where did you study cinematography?

At the American Film Institute (AFI).

What had you done before?

I was a painter.

What do you love most about your work?

I love the sense of collaboration and I love the blending of the creative and the scientific.

Hmm…  Perhaps the scientific is creative.

Yes.

What is the greatest challenge to your work?

Opportunity.

What is your most recent project?

I just shot a feature called Angel’s Perch, based on the writer’s experience of his grandmother’s decent into Alzhiemers. We shot in the town where she had lived and died.  The film stars Joyce Van Patten and Ashley Jones (Twilight)

Do you believe in a higher power and if so what do you call it.

Chaos.

You believe that your higher power is chaos?

I am a nihilist really.  And I think my higher power is called either chaos, or well, infinity.

If you were to wake up tomorrow and found you had no fear in any area of your life what would be the first action you would take?

I would approach the man I am in love with.  That said, I feel I am living without a lot of fear now.  I have surrendered most of my needs for things and security and have found myself happy.  I am now working on building toward the things I want as opposed to what I think I may need.

If you could forgive yourself for anything, what might it be?

I want to forgive myself for judging my mother harshly.  I see a weaknesses in her that I reject and I know her weakness is mine.  It’s ironic that it is really her selflessness that I hate. She gives no thought to herself.

Adesuwa

Adesuwa is a model working in Los Angeles.

What does your name mean?

Born into wealth.

What do you love most about your work?

I love the experience of bringing clothing to life.

What do you find most challenging about your work?

Everything else.

Do you believe in a higher power and if so, what do you call it?

I do believe in a higher power but I experience it more as an essence.

If you woke up tomorrow with no fear in any area of your life what would be the first action you would take?

I would call my father.

So, you haven’t spoken to him in a while, then? 

I haven’t spoken to him in two years.  If I had no fear I would just pick up the phone and call him.

Something to think about. 

Yes.  It is.

Is there something that you need to forgive yourself for and if so what would it be? 

Yes there is , but it would be better kept as a secret.

Amanda Gibson

Amanda Gibson is a clinical social worker.

What kind of social work do you do?

I work as a clinical social worker at Sutter Health Systems supervising psychiatric patients, especially those who are at risk of hurting themselves or others. Because of government cuts to funding for behavioral health, these people have no choice but to go to the emergency room for help.

What do you love most about your profession?

I love educating other people in health care about the best ways to work with mental health disorders and I love breaking down the stigma.

What is the stigma?

The stigma is that if you get help for mental health issues you will be labeled crazy, lose your job, or be rejected by your family.

 What is the alternative way to think about mental health disorders?

We are all one crisis away from madness.

What is the most challenging aspect about your profession?

The most challenging aspect would be managing the multiple priorities for patients. It is difficult to get patients the help that they need, and out of the emergency room, when the facilities that they need are overcrowded.

Do you believe in a higher power? If so, what do you call it?

Yes, I do. I have different names depending on the practice.

What are some of those names?

Creator is my favorite name.

If you woke up one morning without fear, what would you do?

My biggest fear is not being loved. So, if I were without fear, I would love with abandon.

For what would you like to be forgiven?

I would like to be forgiven for any time that I have been judgmental towards others.