I’m sure many of you are familiar with the term “Throwback Thursday”… with that being said, I’m starting my own version by blogging almost every Thursday about what happened that past week or share an interesting thing about myself on my road to Miss Teenage Canada. It’s like a short term throwback, right?
Ever since I can remember, my happy place has been wherever the stage was- wherever I could perform. I remember spending countless hours at musical rehearsals or on set filming commercials for the latest new toys while other kids my age were found playing at the park or with their friends. Although I didn’t partake in “normal” activities considering my age, I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Pictures from a commercial I did at 9 years old!
My drive to succeed extends far beyond the average 17-year old. I have sacrificed a normal social life to reach my goals… but I assure you; I am not even close to where I want to be yet.
My dream? To have my very own TV show! You know, something like YTV’s Life With Boys or Family Channels “Girl Meet’s World”. As I get older, I fear not being able to make this dream become a reality. The idea that even if I do make it, I wont be considered a “child star” scares me. Nonetheless, I continue to stay positive and do my best. At the end of the day, as long as I know I gave it my all, I will be proud of myself.
I look at the wonderful Marilyn Monroe as a role model in this aspect of my life. She once said, “I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night, ‘There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me dreaming of being a movie star.’ But I’m not going to worry about them. I’m dreaming the hardest”. Marilyn seamlessly captured the essence of what it takes to make something of yourself…you need to have the passion. In such a competitive industry, you must work hard at making your dreams become a reality. Being that there are hundreds of thousands of girls who want the same thing you want, you must find a way to make yourself stand out. Finding yourself not only as an actor, but also as a person truly does help with this.
Hair and makeup done & mic'd for a Family Channel commercial shoot
Acting has taught me way more than just how to mold into a character in less then 10 seconds, how to change my shirt without actually taking off my shirt or how to improvise an entire show when someone missed a line; it taught me how to be confidant, how to converse in a public setting, how to make my self stand out and the importance of punctuality and dedication.
Over the past four months, I challenged myself as an actor and went on the other side of the table. I became the DIRECTOR!
A drama competition called the “Sears Festival” takes place every year where students either write or direct their own plays to be judged. I, alongside my best friend directed a play called “Floating on a Don’t Care Cloud” by Lindsay Price. FOADCC focuses on teenage social issues revolving around drug use and relationships while incorporating an amazing chorus and creative staging.
Cast of Floating on a Don't Care Cloud 2015 with my co-director!
I was fortunate enough to work with a talented cast of 15 students who gave this their all and helped make my visions come to life. Obviously, working alongside people around your age comes with its challenges. There is a very fine line between being their friend and being their director; however, I am thankful to have had very respectable cast members who didn’t make this a large problem.
The night of the shows were extremely nerve raking. At this point, all I could do was trust that my cast was prepared. We set the stage, took our seats in the audience with a notebook in hand and hoped for the best. By the end of the show week, my co-director and I cried tears of happiness. We were so proud of what we were able to accomplish and of our cast for pulling through.
Pre-show Excitement !
You never truly appreciate the hard work put in by your directors until you are one yourself. I have a whole new respect for what happens behind the stage and can honestly say that I would love to experience this again. Who knows, maybe I can create a career out of this?
Being a Sears director was the most amazing experience of my life and I am so thankful to have been given this opportunity. I have a ton of people to thank for helping me put on a great show including my cast, teachers and parents.
Sear’s 2015 will be one for the books.