Zen Orchid Stories: Celeste M. Cooper 1/6

Updated: Mar 17


Celeste Cooper Stands Tall as Buildings

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"Do you even know how POWERFUL you are? You are BIG, not small! My wonderful mentor Sharon Bridgforth pointed that out to me once. I used to think I was small, until I discovered my strengths! No matter what you’ve been through or what people might want you to think about yourself…YOU ARE STRONG, BEAUTIFUL, & EXCELLENT!!! Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” and you seriously can. Don’t ever give up y’all!!!" - Celeste M. Cooper


I met Celeste through the MFA Acting Program at DePaul about 7 years ago and she's always struck me with something I couldn't quite figure out and it wasn't until recently that I put my finger on it: Authenticity. She's a person without pretense. She is simultaneously vulnerable and incredibly resilient in the face of a tumultuous career choice. She is a Superhero constantly sending a light of authenticity into everything and everyone she's in the presence of.


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