After having a strong theater career in DC, I moved to New York and basically started over. During the past few years, I have pounded the pavement, forged new relationships with casting, found an acting family, and even managed to book six network roles. But when my unparalleled manager, Annette E. Alvarez, texted me: "U booked SVU!!!!" - my immediate response was, "OMG, OMG, OMG! I am a real New York actor!!!!!" 

Law & Order is a New York institution and has been a part of so many actors' careers that I admire. Though I know it is pursuing my passion that defines my success, a little validation doesn't hurt. Here's to lucky number 7!

Law & Order: SVU, Motherly Love, airs Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at 9pm ET.

BookedSalma Shaw