What things did you do in high school? Where you in the band? Were you in the plays? Part of the drama club? Speech team? National Honors Society? Cheerleader?
The answer for me to all of the above questions is yes.. well except the cheerleader part.
I play the flute, have since 5th grade and played all through high school. But the thing I always secretly wanted to do was have a lead role in a Spring Musical. It took me until my sophomore year to get the courage to even try out. I tried out and I didn't make it. I did make the spring musical though, as part of the chorus.
Over that summer I took an acting class with my little sister and so I decided to try again. This time my junior year I made it! I just had a small part in the fall play, but I was in. Musical time came around if you wanted a lead you had to do a musical audition. I am a soprano but at the time thought I wasn't as I really couldn't hit the high notes. So I practiced the alto part, which was so hard for me (playing the flute makes you hear the high melody really easily).. I thought I was all ready to go. Then the person before me, they sang the soprano part! I went out and all I could think of was their part and I shook and croaked my way through the song. They did have pity on me and put me as part of the chorus.
Long story short, I had a main role in the fall play my senior year and that was it... always just the chorus or small parts for me the rest of the time. My dream didn't come true.
While in college, I took a basic vocals class... that dream to really sing was always there. I took it during a summer term which turned out to be the best thing ever. During the regular semesters grad students teach the class.. but during the summer I got THE professor. The one who wrote the book for the class and I LOVED it! My ability increased, my confidence increased...
and so this Saturday I am trying out for a musical the stake of my church is producing. We have some amazingly talented people in our stake that wrote the whole production, music and all.
So this Saturday I am putting it all on the line and rather appropriately singing "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables. And well, hopefully I don't croak this time.