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The revelation came with the washing machine. My mother was a supertalented woman who could do anything—paint, build, cook, make costumes. One day when I was about 11, my father gave her a washing machine, and she was so thrilled. I thought, "What? Here's this woman with all this incredible talent, and she's excited because she was given a washing machine?" That's when I said, "I want a career."