Monday, February 24, 2014
Theatre Made Me
In middle and high school, most people have a niche. Jock. Band nerd. Track star (not me!). My niche happened to be theatre, and it changed the course of my life.
I was first exposed to theatre in middle school. We had to take an elective course, and I was not interested in choir or band. I decided to do art because I enjoyed it as a child. Art happened to be paired with the theatre elective: you did art one semester and theatre the next. I felt like I found my calling when I did the theatre elective.
I have always been..how shall I say...talkative. Like, my mom had to attend a parent/teacher conference in kindergarten because I wouldn't stop talking. I was the little girl in Pizza Hut who would approach all the customers and ask for their order. Theatre gave me an outlet for my voice.
I loved the costumes, the collaboration, everything! So when I entered high school, I knew what I wanted to do. The high school theatre department was much more competitive, but I worked my way up to winning a silver medal and All-Star cast in UIL competitions. I loved it.
I thank theatre the most for giving me the confidence to speak with other people. If you can act during a scene, you can definitely talk to someone in a normal conversation! I learned how to project my voice, how to enunciate and how to make public speaking much less daunting. Even though I loved theatre, I knew I would never become famous, but I used my theatre skills in choosing my major in college: public relations.
Some people forget their middle and high school niche once they leave. I have never forgotten mine. It still shapes my life today.