Tina Cool-Anderson, 46
Lives in: Branson West, MO
Owner/Executive Director of Forte Theatre Productions LLC and Actor at Sight and Sound Theatres
Charity: Branson Regional Arts Council
My mom is an example of inner beauty and strength. She is a saint! Mom loves deeply and tangibly demonstrates that love. She worked in child care for over 25 years specializing in infant care. She made an impact on hundreds of children’s lives.
Be you. There is only one you and there will never be another you. Outer beauty fades, but inner beauty gets more beautiful with time, so let your light shine! Also, make the effort to recognize the beauty in all the girls you know.
I graduated from the University of Nebraska, so I am a Cornhusker Football fanatic. My darling husband graduated from the University of Missouri. When we met, our alma maters were in the same athletic conference. I am convinced the good Lord separated Missouri and Nebraska out of the Big 12 so we could have a happy marriage.
My son, Thomas. Our precious child is from the beautiful country of Taiwan. He has been on quite a journey in his short life. He has overcome obstacles that I can’t image. He has left all that is familiar to live where it is not. This might destroy some children, but not my son. Everyone who meets Thomas says he’s bright, compassionate and hilarious. He is my why to everything I do. He is the strongest person I know.
I absolutely love roller coasters. At Silver Dollar City, on the ride Wildfire there is the most magnificent view of the Ozarks before the first big drop. You see Table Rock Lake and the rolling Ozark mountains at the same time. It is a breathtaking view, right before that plummet takes your breath away.
I have never been more aware of a need for diversity than after adopting my sweet son. He is one of three Asian American children in his school (K-12). I believe one reason for the lack of diversity in 417-land is because minorities don’t feel included or understood. One way that I personally tackle this issue is through the creative arts. My theatre company, Forte Theatre Productions LLC, produced The Diary of Anne Frank for our community and hosted local school groups. This play shows the devastation and reality of hate in our world and the beauty of hope and love. Through the arts, we can celebrate different cultures. We can better understand other views and we can explore sensitive subject matters.
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