My mother used to play the piano when I was young. I began taking lessons on the piano when I was 7 years old, then eventually began to play the flute as well. Finally I taught myself to play the guitar when I was in high school. The guitar continues to be my main instrument (besides my voice).
My creative self overpowered my academic self. One day I was just sitting in my bedroom writing songs on my acoustic guitar, just sort of a switch flipped. [I wanted to] go to school for that, song writing. Decided on it that day.
I’ve always tried to sing, but I kept it a secret when I was young. I’d lock my door and sing Britney Spears songs into the mirror, but when I was around people I’d always make it a joke. I’d sing in cartoonish voices and play characters because I was too insecure to sing seriously and be myself. That’s why I got into musical theatre when I was in middle school and continued through high school. That’s also when I learned that I could actually carry a tune without having to be afraid of someone listening. Ironically, playing characters on the stage gave me the confidence I needed to be myself, unabashedly.
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