Jackie Cruz, otherwise known as “Flaca” on Orange Is the New Black, opened up her heart about how she got to where she is today to TEDxLausanneWomen audiences earlier this year and now it’s finally available for your viewing pleasure.Cruz shared her story of a horrific accident that changed her life, her mother’s sacrifices, and how she’s grown as an actor from working with the female cast of Netflix's hit Orange Is the New Black.

Listen to the actor (and singer’s) story and you’ll not only be left inspired but determined to fulfill your own dreams, no matter what obstacles come your way. 

Who else do you want to see give a TEDx Talk?