Still Finding My Grit

Grit. The perseverance passion for long-term goals. In freshman year of high school, I played one of the leads in Guys and Dolls. I had a moment during a performance that I wanted to sing, act, and dance for the rest of my life on Broadway. I had taken countless voice lessons and prepared myself for auditions.


Playing Marcy in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee | 2017, Ivan Melnikov


I pushed myself to be a better dancer in the show choir I was a part of, though not having taken a real dance class in years. I was on the right track. I had two scheduled auditions for Musical Theatre programs at two universities. What could go wrong?


What if I am not good enough? Other’s will have taken many more classes and lessons than I have. Will I embarrass myself at the auditions? I’ve never memorized a monologue before. What I’m not really a strong actor?

I was exhausted before even attending a single audition, but something else happened to me in high school. My marching band and show choir performed at Walt Disney World. I marched down Main Street USA in with my color guard and band behind me. It was the most exciting moment of my life (so far). We attended workshops for singing and color guard and saw some of the behind the scenes magic. We were adding to the magic that is Disney. I wanted to be a part of it. I wanted to work for Disney.


Scooby Doo and Scrappy at Six Flags New England


So I looked into how I could make my dream a reality. I started working for Six Flags New England in the Entertainment department. It was such a rewarding job, helping out Looney Tunes and Scooby Doo. All the happy guests were the icing on the cake. Nothing was cuter than watching young children run up and hug Bugs Bunny or Scooby Doo. I loved my job.

I ended up at a technical institute, with two killer theatre clubs, as well as a choir, and five a cappella groups. I had found my calling for both performing and science. Everything sounds good, right? Not exactly. I did not know what I was going to major in. I still don’t even know what I want a career in. From a passion for music to a love of the environment, I really can’t pinpoint any one thing I want to do for the rest of my life, but if it involves making people smile I would be pretty okay with that. I still need some work making those long-term goals, but I’m taking one day at a time.

EduVentures and 8th Graders from Okondjatu Combined School in Namibia | 2017



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