International Motivational Speaker
Weymouth woman uses motivational speaking to advocate for little people-continued
And Curran said people will still take pictures of her and other little people at restaurants or on the street, either because they think they’re characters from one of the several television shows featuring little people, or just because they’ve never seen a little person before.
“The little-person community is definitely still a community that people feel like it’s OK to make fun of us,” she said. “People think because we’re small we aren’t mentally with it, which isn’t true.”
Curran graduated from Providence College in 2006 and then spent six years working in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, where she also worked to get more actors who are little people or disabled cast in film and TV roles.
She moved back home to Weymouth last year and started her own motivational speaking business, Becky Motivates.
In the past year, she traveled more than 18,000 miles to 33 speaking engagements. The bulk of that mileage was to help a little person advocacy group in Kenya get off the ground in December. She has visited schools in New Jersey, Connecticut, New Hampshire and California, as well as Massachusetts, where she spoke at schools in communities including Weymouth, Newton and Reading.
Her parents, Jack and Linda Curran, said they’re proud of Becky’s work on behalf of the little-people community.
“It’s not just what she says. It’s the example that she is,” Jack Curran said. “Becky doesn’t do anything halfway.”
Ultimately, Becky Curran said, her goal is to get across the message that little people should be treated like anyone else.
“People ignore us in society because they don’t know what we can offer,” she said. “They forget we’re human and we’ve learned a lot along the way.”
Becky Curran, 29, of Weymouth admits to not being a good cook but wants to improve. She bought a step stool to make it easier to reach things on the stove. The photo was taken on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 by Greg Derr.
Becky Curran’s car is equipped with pedal extensions. The photo was taken on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, outside the Curran home in Weymouth by Greg Derr.
A refrigerator magnet in the Currans’ Weymouth home. The photo was taken on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 by Greg Derr.
Weymouth High grad Becky Curran moved back to Weymouth last year and started her own motivational speaking business, Becky Motivates. The photo was taken on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, by Greg Derr.