Teal ShererIn high school I watched a lot of rom-coms and imagined myself in them. I’d replace Julia Roberts’ face with mine and watch as she zoomed away from fiancés at the altar or sabotaged her best friend’s wedding — all in her wheelchair. I yearned to see someone like me on screen. In college I took my first acting class and have never (well, for the most part) looked back.

In the search for acting work, many things are out of our control. When I lived in Los Angeles, I auditioned in creepy alleyways because casting offices weren’t accessible, and I was told I couldn’t play the lawyer because I’m disabled — and then heard I don’t look disabled enough. My skin has thickened over the years, and I’ve learned how to push forward by focusing on