We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiffany Storrs and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiffany, how do you think about risk?
Life is short – take risks! “Take Action Tiff” is my personal mantra. When I suddenly lost my hearing in 2007 as a first-time mom, I knew I had to act quickly and adapt to using hearing aids and sign language to keep up with my family life and my career. I had no family history of hearing loss, so this was completely unexpected. I was adamant about continuing to live my Rocky Mountain lifestyle, which includes mountain biking, skiing, paddle boarding, and running, so I underwent surgery to receive a Cochlear implant. Little did I know THEN that in time, I’d consider my disability to actually be my SUPERPOWER! I’m able to tune-out the world when I go to sleep and “sound off” has been such a sanity saver in any kind of toxic conversation. This new life change presented many risks, personally and professionally. Personally it’s allowed me the ability to show the world what is STILL possible and model resiliency – even after hearing loss. Professionally, it opened up a host of acting, modeling and spokesperson opportunities for hearing loss awareness. I always say, “you might not like the cards you’re dealt, but you must know how to play them.”
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I love learning about people’s life stories and I equally enjoy sharing mine. I’d like to think you see a picture of myself when you look up the word “POSSIBILITY”….my resiliency sets me leaps apart from others. From a very tender age, I’ve been gifted with the ability to navigate through tough life situations and find my way out of obstacles and challenges. I refuse to downgrade my life despite any personal set-backs I’ve been dealt (infertility, hearing loss, rejection,, etc.). I am most proud of the opportunity to model to my kids HOW to handle setbacks, by making friends with your setbacks. Coping skills are hard to come by these days – proper coping skills will make life so much more pleasant. I am where I am because I’m a hard-worker. As a deaf mother, employee, actress, advocate, I’ve always believed that things are only “hard” until they are “easy”. Make things easy by learning what makes them hard and LOVE defeat! You heard that right….rejection, failure, getting it wrong, are so pivotal to learning and growing. Never make the same mistake twice and know your worth. When someone says it’s not possible – show them it is possible with grace and kindness, because everything IS possible! Those living with a disability, or NOT, carry on and be remembered “well”. Leave others better than you found them, always choose to be happy over being right, and know that it is your birthright to be loved!!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Bestie Denver Itinerary Trip! We’d definitely start every morning with a cup of Mount Falcon Park in Morrison, CO. There is no better way to get energized and set intentions for the day than a 4-mile grind up this trail with views of the Denver skyline and Red Rocks.
Lunch would include Piggin Out BBQ for a picnic at Bear Creek Lake in Lakewood followed by a rejuvenating paddle board session.
Happy Hour would be at Besos de Arte (Morrison) – where two is the limit on their signature Cadillac Margaritas!
Dinner at The Mills in Golden Colorado, which features unique food options and a pouring wall with all your favorite beer, wine and drinks.
A concert, any concert, at Red Rocks Amphitheater! Great views + music therapy = best concert experience EVER!
A trip up to the mountains is of course in order. Breckenridge is my favorite mountain town. If offers the full Rocky Mountain experience, all year long, to everyone…….children, families, visitors, locals.
Last but not least, the Cherry Creek district offers exquisite shopping, fine dining and an overall taste of the Mile High City.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Being hard-of-hearing, a “shoutout” is definitely what I needed!! This is me finally being able to make fun of myself! I’d love to pay it forward and dedicate this shoutout to my mother, Tita Stasny, who was literally put on this earth to shine light everywhere she goes. Also, this shoutout belongs to Kasha Faucett, my acting coach, who saw talent in me that I had not yet seen for myself. As for books, I dedicate this shoutout to the Holy Bible and Stillness is the Key, both for steadying my soul and educating me about the power of prayer.
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