Often titled the “drama queen” of her family growing up, Clara has always loved to express herself through the performing arts. It gives a framework to the wild imagination and permission to the artist who can’t make up their mind whether they want to be Dolly Parton or Gandhi. Clara allows herself to find the edge of where performer and audience dissolve, slipping into the non-performance state of the present moment. She believes the present moment is the only place that is truly alive and to be present you have to respond to what is going on right there and then. The audience as well as the performer have to “show up” in all their vulnerability and realness, and this is the magic no amount of rehearsing will ever give you, you have to be present. At the end of the day Clara believes this is what we are all chasing, to feel moved, to feel alive. Whether in front of a rising sun, a night sky full of stars or in a bar singing heartbreak country tunes, it’s the alive energy of the created space that she craves, the interaction between all the elements seen and unseen. That’s the role of the performing artist, to have your finger on the pulse enough to make this happen.