I was born a smart-ass
As you would expect, growing up with the surname Mules wasn't easy. (Insert endless jackass punchlines here.) But what others may have seen as a joke, I saw it as a golden opportunity when I graduated from The College of Visual Arts back in the day, a time when standing out from the crowd would become important. So, with asses in tow, I embraced my silly last name and turned it into a conversation starter, a memorable hook, and a comical nod that set me apart in the industry. This 'hook' was something people remembered, something I've taught those I've mentored ever since.
My name may have changed (but not by much), but the smart-ass in me is still very much alive and well. Embrace what sets you apart, friends. 😉