What were your dreams as a kid and what made you decide to follow your art?
As kids, everyone dreams of the aspirations of their wildest dreams. People dream to be astronauts, firefighters, princesses, veterinarians, and much more. Most of the time, however, these dreams seem to fade as we grow into adults and realize that we must be practical and figure out careers that will pay enough to allow us to support ourselves and our families. NOT ME THOUGH!! I of course could never be practical as I fell in love with my career. I was blessed in that I knew exactly what I wanted to be from the very beginning when I was first asked "what do you want to be when you grow up?".
A singer. Since before I can even remember, I always knew that I wanted to be a singer. Despite this, I was always willing to try other things and really enjoyed activities such as sports, art, math, science, and more. I was never against experiencing new things regardless of my knowledge that I wanted to be a singer. Throughout all of my trials of different hobbies and education of other outside life possibilities and career paths, I never let go of singing.
I dreamed of being a singer since at least the age of five. My mom recently found a note I had written in kindergarten that read of all the things I wanted to be when I was older. The list included long hair, animals, and most importantly, a career as a singer. The first time that I experienced singing as a career versus just as a hobby was at the age of twelve when I had my first job as a singer. I performed at a library opening in Malibu in front of a large crowd and it was one of the best experiences of my life. From then on, I knew that singing was exactly what I would be doing for the rest of my life.
In 10th grade, at 16 years old, I had my first competition in the classical/opera singer category and when I won, I realized that I might have a future in both non-classical and classical categories. It wasn't until my senior year when I was accepted into Juilliard that I decided that I would focus on becoming an opera singer. Now after two years of study, I don't regret it one bit and can't wait for year three!
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