Here is the story of one of my scholarship students:
I saw your request to hear stories of how we got the “bug”, so here’s mine!
For as long as I can remember I’ve known musicals and loved performing. When I was little (probably 3-4 years old) I absolutely loved the musical “Chicago.” I remember when family would come over I wouldn’t let them leave before putting on my leotard and giving a performance of “All That Jazz.”
My love for musicals has continued throughout my whole life, but I never considered being able to do it for a career until I was older. When I was young I was determined to be a singer like Taylor Swift.
Everything changed for me when I was around twelve. I started watching regular tv shows with my parents (as opposed to disney channel). I found myself feeling emotions that I had never felt before. I would lock myself in my room and act out scenes or make up scenes.
From that point on I knew I wanted to be an actress. I forced my sister to act out scenes with me, I looked up every possible website with acting lessons on them, and I filled notebooks with the information I had found.
It wasn’t until I was fifteen that I found an amazing theatre program in my area and begged my parents to join. This was a big deal, when I was little I had separation anxiety and had to be homeschooled because of it. I know my parents were concerned about how I would do and to be honest, so was I. But I pushed though and I auditioned for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and I got to be one of the Narrators (I shared the role with two other girls.)
That show opened up a whole new side of me and a whole new world of opportunity! From that point on I was doing at least four shows a year and dance recitals, I’ve learned so much about how theatre works, I know so many musicals and am always looking to find new ones, and most importantly I know that the stage is exactly where I belong.
Through theatre I’ve not only found what I love to do, but I’ve also conquered personal fears, self consciousness, and found that there is always a musical to help you through whatever you’re going through. I hope to someday be an a part of a musical that inspires/be an inspiration to someone who needs it just like I did. God has blessed me with such wonderful opportunities and people to look up to!
I know my story is super long, but it’s what has made me into the person I am today. In just five years theatre has taught me so much. I can’t wait to see what I’m able to learn in the future because I know I have a long way to go, but I’m so excited to see where my theatre journey leads! I could go on much longer about how much I love theatre, but this would be a super long email if I did.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you for all that you do for your followers and students!
I’d love to hear your story! What gave you “the bug”? What inspired you to aspire to a life on stage? Simply leave a comment and tell me your story! I’m so excited to hear it. ❤