David Rubenstein once said, “The world is a complicated place, and there’s a lot of division between people. The performing arts tend to unify people in a way nothing else does.” I love the performing arts. I have been intrigued by it since I was a little kid. I love every single part of performing on stage and rehearsing for shows. I am very passionate about acting it makes me feel happy and inspires me to give my best in everything I do.
Performing arts is more than just putting on shows. Performing arts is about inspiring people. It can be very powerful when done right. My first experience with the performing arts was when I saw a Broadway show called Hamilton (I didn’t really see it in person I just saw the bootlegged version), but seeing the actors put so much effort into their roles truly inspired me.
When I was six I joined an organization called Sparc. Sparc stands for the School of Performing Arts in the Richmond Community. It truly is an amazing organization and I am very happy to be part of it. I originally started by going to a few of their summer camps and classes but then I got more interested in it. One of the teachers recommended me to one of Sparc’s program called Live Art. Live Art involves different aspects of performing arts such as dance, percussion, acting, and music. They assemble a team of close to 200 student, teachers, and famous artists, musicians yearly to put up a show at the Altria Theater. I am very lucky to be a part of Live Art.
Sparc has given me many opportunities from performing on stage to shooting music videos with Grammy-winning artists. If you have a dream you should stop at nothing to accomplish it. It takes trial and error but if you keep at it you can come out victorious.
“Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine” – Jack Ma