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I never thought I would get into the world of classical music - and truthfully I never even considered music at all when I got into the arts. I hated the idea of performing and I couldn’t fathom ever being in front of people and being so “exposed,” for lack of a better word.
And then I met the truest and most profound mentor of my life, Dr. Bev Vaughn. She was convinced that she wanted me in 8th grade Drama Class and in Drama Club and I had no idea what she saw. After she convinced me to start acting, I knew that one thing I could never do was sing. She eventually made me audition for Godspell, cast me as the lead, told me that she saw a lot of operatic potential in my voice and the rest, as they say, is history. I began training with her and this opened so many doors for me. A few years later I auditioned and was accepted to the North Carolina School of the Arts high school program as a senior, where I would continue on to pursue my Bachelor’s of Music.
If you ever need to know the one of us who isn’t going into music as a career, it’s me. But I would be remiss not to give music credit for what it has done for me. I have performed as a soloist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and the United Nations in New York City and Iona Abbey, the birthplace of modern Presbyterianism in Iona, Argyllshire, Scotland. Music has literally taken me to places that I never dreamed I’d go and it has opened my eyes to the possibilities of what I want in my future. I won’t delve too far into sentimentality (that’s what my senior recital acknowledgments are for), but I owe a great deal to a few very important figures that have come into my life through this school and music itself.
- After my B.M. I am pursuing my M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
- I know my bio says it, but I love dogs. Seriously. More than you will ever know.
- I am arguably the biggest Joanna Newsom fan on Earth.
- I have seen The Avett Brothers in concert eight times.
- Traveling is my favorite thing to do in my life.
- I have a wall of quotes and I collect maps.
- The television show Six Feet Under actually changed my life.
- I have a web series based off of My Drunk Kitchen where my friend and I drink and attempt to make crafts.
- I actually view opera as my job, so I try to differentiate it from my leisure, thus I listen to much more independent and folk music than classical.
- Ashley and I are known for our random Google searches. This is a list I sent her from the last time I checked my history: 1. how to make my curly hair grow downward and not upward; 2. can insects live in my plumbing?; 3. am I having an identity crisis?; 4. how often should you clean gauges?; 5. is puffing bad for puffer fish?; 7. celtic knot tattoo ideas; 8. does online dating make me pathetic?; 9. workplace discrimination against people with dreads.
- I have a tattoo above my right knee that says, “it is only skin.” If you get this reference and the significance of its placement without Googling it, message me. We will be best friends.
- I’m quite into politics, my main platform being environmentalism and equality (on that note, I participated in the USA’s first Pots & Spoons protest in Raleigh, so that was pretty cool)
- I love photography - my focus is mostly on locations rather than people.
- I recently completed a 30-day challenge for my Bikram yoga studio and I am considering becoming a certified instructor in the near future.