I once heard that we are what we decide to be. For me, I think that it is true. I believe that what we are today is as a result of what we decide or decide not to do yesterday. Our lives are an aftermath of our decisions. I look back today and I am happy for the decisions I made in the past and above all, that I chose to study drama in High School.
Sometimes I pause and wonder how I would have ended up if I had followed popular opinion back then in my college. I wonder how my life would have turned if I had decided to be a lawyer like my friend, Ben or if I had decided to join the Army like my father wanted me to. The answer comes to my mind even before I finish thinking; “I would have been a frustrated corporate person with a rope round my neck and files choking me out of breathe.” Not that I saying that these professions are not good – not at all, but what I am just saying is that I was never cutout for that world. For me, Theater is life.
My love for the stage was kindled when I was a little kid. I remember my father taking my out every Friday night to the cinema. I always asked him; “Are we not going to the cinema today?” I always wished everyday was a Friday. It was not a difficult decision therefore for me when the time came for me to choose what to study in the University- Theater all the way!
Learning does not come easy. My first two years in high school is what I call my season of discoveries and initiation. I got initiated into a new world; a world where I discovered the difference between fantasies and realities. I have always loved drama – Yes! But it was a season I learnt that there was more to drama than cramming your lines and moving around on stage. I was introduced to the depths of Arts of Communication, especially that a statement can be uttered in different ways that will convey different meanings.
In todays world you do not have to look very far to see things that very well could have come out of George Orwells novel 1984. The world is globalizing at an exponential rate compared to years past. With the advent and widespread use of the Internet and inter-continental travel the need for heightened security has grown tremendously. However, how best should our societies deal with this need? ...
It was a time of learning new things that I never thought existed. Those times were the most challenging days in my life. My grades were bad and I was not happy with myself but then I learnt to persevere. I remember my instructor coming and parting me on the back and say; “You can do better next time.” What I never realized was that I was learning!
Today, I have been in 8 plays at University High school, Rogers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” where I acted as a Nurse, in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” where I took the part of the witch, in “Les Miserables” as the jolly/student , also I took the place of Ensamble in “Flower Drum song”. I also featured in “Beauty and the Beast” as Mrs. Potts, “Anything Goes” as Virtue, in “The Rememberer” as the pitch woman, and in William Inges “Bus Stop” as Grace. I am also the president of my school Drama Club, and that of our chapter of the California State thespian Society. I competed for the first time this year in the Drama Teachers Association of Southern California (DTASC) competition and placed 5th in region.
I am proud to say that I meet people today and I raise my head in confidence because I developed that when I was on stage, I can address any group or audience. I am prompt to meeting because I learnt that being a second early or late can make or mar a production.