Advice From a Young Girl on How to Follow Your Dreams
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Previously, I’d been too embarrassed to perform in front of people, a little girl who covered her ears shyly when people applauded for her. But all of that changed when I went to Camp Hillard. I had always been too embarrassed to sing out loud. I loved writing and recording songs in my bedroom, but no one could ever convince me to sing in front of an audience. My first summer at camp I auditioned for the musical and they put me in a small part in the ensemble of Singing in the Rain.
The next summer, I decided it was time to stretch outside my comfort zone. I told my parents that the camp play was Grease and I wanted to audition for the lead role of Sandy. They told me to try my best; they didn’t want to get my hopes up. I knew that if I set my mind to it, I could do it. I sang out “Hopelessly Devoted To You” and got the part. It was life-changing: It proved to me that if I continued to believe in myself and build my confidence, anything was possible.
So now I have my sights set on Broadway. I know it’s a huge goal, but it’s what I truly want. I’ve been taking voice lessons, tap classes, theater intensives, and I’ve even gotten an agent. I will keep training and following my passion until I get there. Though it may be hard work, I surround myself with family and friends who support me. When you know your passion, let nothing and no one stand in your way.
There are times when my dreams feel overwhelming—when I can’t find enough hours in the day and I’m frustrated because I want to just hang with friends, take a SoulCycle class, or relax and watch television. Or I have a math test, a Spanish test, and an English essay to write all in the same week! That’s when I remind myself it’s all worth it.
My advice to kids who want to be ballerinas, or book authors, or Broadway stars is: Just do it. Follow your dreams where they lead. Make time for everything that’s important to you.
And don’t ever hit snooze.
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