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Wyatt Leske

Rob Smith

Where do you see yourself in 15 years?

"Hopefully being a working professional actor. And I understand the limitations I have, visually and otherwise. I have mild cerebral palsy and a brachial plexus injury. But I have often just ignored that and just, in spite of that, just sort of said 'I've just got to work hard and do my best. If I give it all I've got, that's all I can do.'" 

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?

"When I was on the Dolphins Swim team, to be able to have done that... and no, I didn't swim as fast as all the other swimmers, but to be able to have done the best I could with that... I feel really good about that."

Is there any advice you'd like to give to anyone who might read this?

"I would go with what Polonius had to say in 'Hamlet:' 'To thine ownself be true.' Don't worry too much about how much money you'll make, or what the neighbors will think... just be yourself and you will conquer the world in your own way. I'm convinced you that you will be OK if you be yourself. I mean, don't do anything negative. But artistically or whatever... if you want to do it, do it. I couldn't hold it against anyone for following their heart."

Subject: Wyatt Leske
Location: Atheneum Park
Date: December 6th, 2015

Humans of Nantucket, modeled after the famous Humans of New York, intends to portray various members of the island community who share with us their lives, dreams and hopes.

Robert Smith is a local landscape and portrait photographer. He will soon begin building a website to feature his work, and will also shortly provide links to his Flickr and Instagram accounts. He can be reached at 508-221-6926