A Determination to Pursue a Risky Career

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“You would do the world a disservice by keeping your voice from it.” One of my best friends Kevin said this to me about a year ago. For years I actually refused to say I would go to school to study musical theatre. I simply told myself that it was not what my heart and soul were into. I knew even then that it was not true. But really, since about 5th grade it’s about the only thing my heart and soul were ever truly into. Between 7 years of community theatre, school musicals, and summer stock productions, performing in musicals is not only how I spent my spare time, but also how I grew as a person. My best friends were formed through shows, my confidence was raised exponentially, and I had finally found my niche. Nonetheless I would constantly deny my desire to pursue musical theatre as a career because my family insisted it was impractical. That night I casually thanked Kevin for his kind words but dismissed the comment and changed conversation.

I don’t think I knew it then, but what he said to me lit some sort of spark in my determination. I slowly began to once again surround myself with musical theatre, and performance art. I received the lead in a school musical and never felt a greater sensation than that of my peers...

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