Becky Curran was born and raised just south of Boston, Massachusetts. As soon as she earned her Bachelor of Science in Marketing degree at Providence College in Rhode Island, she moved across country to Los Angeles, California. After six months of 1,000 resume submissions and 100 job interviews, she secured employment and spent six years working behind the scenes in the entertainment industry, before moving back to the east coast. She currently resides in New York City.
Before leaving Los Angeles, she worked at CBS, where she assisted with the casting of pilots and television series produced by CBS Television Studios. Prior to that, she spent five years working in the at Creative Artists Agency, the world’s leading entertainment and sports agency. Starting in the Entertainment Marketing department, she was responsible for monitoring the competitive landscape on behalf of all CAA Marketing clients. She also assisted with building strategic partnerships, proper representation and product integration of corporate clients such as Coca-Cola, Delta, eBay, Harley-Davidson, Mattel, Moet & Chandon, Starwood Hotels, and Virgin Australia Airlines. After two and a half years of working in the Entertainment Marketing department, she found a love for watching comedy and transferred to the Comedy Touring department. In that department, she provided support in preparation of comedy client tours and other live comedy engagements. During her time at CAA, she started an initiative called DisABILITY In Media, by organizing panel events and a social media campaign that constantly proves that people with disabilities have talent and can do anything they set their minds to. She continues to own and manage the DisABILITY In Media, which includes daily storytelling through social media.
Outside of CAA, she served as the Marketing Director and Co-Founding Board Member of the Catalina Film Festival, which takes place annually on Catalina Island. There she coordinated film festival submissions, fundraising events, online auctions, sponsorship, and ticketing, along with creating a social media campaign to build awareness for the Catalina Film Festival.
In high school, Becky took an interest in public speaking and participated in Forensics and Toastmasters clubs. While attending Providence College, she co-founded the Providence College chapter of Toastmasters International. Becky began her motivational speaking career in 2011. Since that time she has spoken at over 100 venues, including schools, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. She was the keynote speaker in Nairobi, Kenya, where she helped launch the little people organization of Kenya in 2013. She delivered her first TEDx Talk in 2014.
Becky was born with achondroplasia, the most common type of short-limbed dwarfism. She stands 4 feet tall. Both of her parents and older sister are “average” height. Her parents always taught her to keep a positive outlook, no matter how harsh the outside world may be. She grew up participating in sports such as sailing, skiing, soccer, and swimming, amongst her "average" height peers. When people ask her about whether or not she likes being a little person, she always has the same answer. "I never want to change but I want the way the outside world reacts to my difference to change."
There are only 30,000 little people living in the United States. Of the 30,000 little people they have over 400 types of dwarfism. Unfortunately, little people are constantly faced with a combination of negative perceptions built by the media and lack of human interaction with such a small population. They're human, just like everyone else. People with dwarfism are able to do everything average height people can, which includes but isn’t limited to riding bikes, playing sports, driving cars, traveling (which Becky does her fair share of), along with having fulfilling careers and families. They just may need a stool or simple ADA accommodations. Everyone, even those without any type of legally-accepted or visible disability, can fall prey to self-defeating thinking by focusing on what they can't do and comparing ourselves to others.
As a motivational speaker and advocate for inclusion everywhere, Becky strives to educate and motivate all people to establish goals and work hard to accomplish them. She's ready to come share her story, enlighten and motivate your organization.