If you asked five-year-old Susie what she wanted to be when she grew up, she’d have placed her hands defiantly on either side of her pink tutu and said, “Everything. Duh!”, which would accurately describe the trajectory of my Jack… person-of-all-trades life. Besides ballet, I spent my childhood as a gymnast, an entrepreneur (selling my toys door-to-door), debate champion, party planner, flag twirler, and cheerleader, while surviving my parents’ divorce and my father’s untimely death in a plane crash. While studying journalism at UCLA, I hosted a radio show, modeled, married, and sang in a pop-group produced by Chuck Lorre. (Yep. That Chuck Lorre.) After college, I had a baby, back surgery, opened a handmade jewelry store, acted in TV and film, worked in development, launched my production company, divorced, remarried, had another baby, wrote and produced two CBS tween shows. Following that chapter, I became my mother’s caregiver, a spokesperson for Alzheimer’s, wrote a screenplay for Lionsgate, and co-produced a feature for Sony. Divorced again. Took up hip-hop, signed a deal with Fox, wrote, produced and directed a pilot with Bryan Cranston, two documentaries for Women’s History Month and an award-winning film that took me around the world. And still, there’s so much more to do. I’m thankful for the fearless five-year-old-me whose bold declaration continues to shape my voice and fuel my passion for telling stories that resonate and make a difference.