“The best part of my day,” says Becky, “is getting an email from a mom or new parent of a little person who says ‘thank you’ for setting an example for our children, for our future.” You can almost see Becky grinning through the phone. Becky Curran is a speaker and writer using her experiences as a little person with anchondroplastic dwarfism to bring her message of “empowerment for everyone” to the masses. After working for many years in the media/entertainment industry in California, Becky moved to the East Coast where she has honed her platform as a speaker, change-agent, and advocate for creating dialogue about diversity and disability, most notably in her new role as the Equal Employment Opportunities & Diversity Coordinator at SAG-AFTRA in New York City and as a featured speaker at TEDx in Lowell, MA, April 27, giving the talk "Media Perception of Little People and The Disability Community." Most recently, Becky traveled to Africa as the keynote speaker at the official launch of the Association of People with Dwarfism. In addition to getting to make an impact and connecting with an amazing group of people, Becky notes that her Africa trip also taught her about the power of remaining present and taking in everything about the “now,” especially the people who touch our lives every day: “It’s important to really enjoy the people around us. We often forget how much we love those people, and we shouldn’t.”
If you could describe yourself in one hashtag, what would it be?
Tell us about a girl in your life who rocks.
My friend Juli Windsor stands 3’9” and she runs marathons. Nothing stops her. I admire her courage, dedication, and strength so much. Be sure to watch out for her in the 2014 Boston Marathon.
What are your dreams/goals/ambitions?
I want to help create a world full of acceptance and appreciation. If people feel accepted and appreciated, they will realize that the possibilities are endless. If anyone sets their mind to it and works hard towards it, they can achieve any goals that they want in life.
What are you most proud of?
I’m proud of my new friends from the Association of People with Dwarfism in Kenya. I had the honor to join them for their launch event last November. They have so many things that they could complain about but instead they choose to express nothing but appreciation and gratitude. In just four months, they recruited over 1,200 members across the country of Kenya. This has allowed for more acceptance and opportunities for people living with dwarfism in Kenya.
What piece of advice changed your life?
This quote sums it up well: "Love Yourself and Let Them Watch."-Doug Stevenson. It means that you get out of your own way and just be yourself, with love and acceptance for who you are. Authenticity is simply being honest and real, and being willing to be seen.
I want a family and I hope for both my motivational speaking and social media businesses to grow enough for a few employees. I will continue to set an example by creating possibilities for all people with physical differences.
What is the number one item on your bucket list?
Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
Who has been the biggest female influence in your life and why?
My mother. She constantly gives back, never complains, and finds a way to always be happy.
What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken and what did you learn from it?
I left my work after 6 ½ years as an assistant in the Hollywood entertainment industry, even after the 100 interviews that it originally took to get my foot in the door. In November 2012, I took a chance, moved back home, and had no clue what opportunities would lie ahead of me. I do know that it allowed for me to work on being the best version of myself. I’m proud to say that this chance led to the launch of my motivational speaking career. In 2013, I gave 33 speeches and traveled a total of 18,226 miles for speaking engagements. I learned that the time is always right. If you find your true passion, own it, and find a way to make it work.
Why are you THAT GIRL?
I’m THAT GIRL because I don’t let anything stop me. Life is too short (pun intended), and now is the time to work on myself and do what I love.
*Interview conducted and compiled by Sheila Moeschen, IATG Senior Editor