What gave you “the bug”?

Here is the story of one of my scholarship students: 

Hey Izzie!

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! 

Timber ♥️

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. ❤

Izzie xo.

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