After college I spent a year in India with the William J. Clinton Fellowship with the American India Foundation (AIF) exploring non-profits that are doing marvelous work. It was interesting, challenging, rewarding...and not for me.
And then I went to Bombay Fashion Week. The buzz was contagious. Suddenly, the little artist inside of me had to speak up: "Do what you love, goddamn it!"
As soon as I got back to NY I threw myself into entertainment full time. And felt very guilty. "Where the heck did your selfless idealism go?"
So, last year when James Grant approached me to host United Cerebral Palsy of NYC's annual gold tournament I immediately replied with an enthusiastic "yes!". Since that date I've continued to work with UCP of NYC, as well as AIF an several other organizations. The work is truly satisfying because I am using what I love to do to help people. It's also an incredible motivator -- the more my career advances, the more I can lend my brand to help those fighting to make the world a better place.