I want to help people. I know, it's a vague statement. Allow me to spend time elaborating diligently on this statement. I am my happiest when I've truly made someone else happy. So, I've decided that I want to dedicate my life to helping everyone and everyone I can obtain some form of happiness! I am a well rounded and trained performer in the art of singing, dancing, and acting. I want to be able to use these skills that I've spent my whole life developing to help other people!
I've been singing my whole life. I mean, my first words were literally a song. My father took me to New York City to see The Phantom of the Opera when I was 4 years old. I have such a specific memory of falling in love instantly while seeing that show live in the Majestic Theatre on Broadway. I immediately started taking singing lessons and have been training vocally ever since. I performed as the lead in my first play ever at my elementary school in Lancaster, California in the 2nd grade! I was overjoyed and I KNEW that I needed to do this for the rest of my life!
My younger sister is legally blind and suffers from hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy. She is such an inspiration to me in so many different ways and has taught me so much patience and love by means of her existence alone. She wasn't receiving the education she needed in Lancaster, so my family decided to move to a town where she would receive the attention she needed. We moved to Carpinteria, California when I was 10 years old so that she could attend The Braille Institute in Santa Barbara, California! When we first moved, we didn't have a place to stay. We stayed in hotels and shelters for homeless families while my parents looked for jobs. Finally, we found a room inside of someone's house that we could rent! The four of us lived in that room for a while until we finally found an apartment we could afford. Needless to say, this was an extremely difficult time for my family. However, we all agree to this day that the suffering we went through together was worth the smile on my sister's face because she was getting the love, attention, and education she deserved from her new educators!
Because this was such a difficult time for us, my family couldn't afford to pay for singing lessons or dance classes for me. However, the passion in my heart always somehow found its way out by means of talent show or simple plays I loved to watch. So, I did what I could to make my own money. I babysat, walked dogs, cleaned houses, taught singing lessons, and worked a part time job at a local vintage shop. I used this money to pay for singing lessons in a town half an hour away from me in one direction and to participate in plays in a town half an hour away from me in the other direction! We only had one car at the time and my parents shared it for work. So, I took 2 buses each direction to attend these classes and rehearsals. The effort it took for me to do all of this was nothing compared to the happiness I received from it.
After a while, I decided I wanted to start taking dance classes. I saved up more money and found a studio that caught my attention - Santa Barbara Dance Arts. In the moment I walked in to ask about prices and possible scholarships, I felt instantly home. The studio was generous enough to have a scholarship program within it for students who want to dance, but cannot afford to do so! I found this unbelievably kind and helpful! I was given a partial scholarship to dance and I could not have been happier. In addition to that, the atmosphere was so healing. I had so many rough days at school, at work, etcetera, but I felt instantly healed every time I walked into the door of SBDA! If that wasn't enough, I found such a lovely passion for dance in class as well. I was always happy. To this day, if I walk into the studio, I am instantly happy.
I've gone through ups and downs in my life, as everyone does. However, the two things in my life that ALWAYS remained constant no matter what were my passions for the performing arts and my dedication to my sister's happiness. One day, these two things suddenly merged. Santa Barbara Dance Arts started a program called No Limits. Within this program were free dance classes for the public and within these classes were free classes for people with special needs. The fact that somebody came up with this idea is so extremely beautiful. I watched one of the first classes and, of course, my sister happened to be taking it! Everyone was happy. Everyone in the class was working hard to help each other and they were all so very happy. This is the happiness I want to create.
So, I've decided I wanted to use my talents to help people. As I've said before, I've been training my whole life. I recently graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City where I studied on a partial scholarship. I've decided that I want to dedicate my life to helping people by creating a performing arts environment on the East Coast where nobody is turned away for any reason. I will give scholarships to students who have a strong desire to sing, dance, and act, but can not afford it as well as offer classes to children and adults with special needs. This will also give opportunities to friends of mine who are performers themselves to teach in an environment where they will feel safe, loved, and happy. I will happily dedicate myself to the happiness of others by continuing to help people who are craving knowledge to learn!
Education & Certification
Graduate Degree: American Musical and Dramatic Academy - Certificate, Musical Theater
Undergraduate Degree: American Musical and Dramatic Academy - Bachelor of Fine Arts, Musical Theater
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