Disney Princesses: Are They Really Role Models? Part 1: Ariel

Princess or not, some of these ladies were role models and heroines of mine growing up, namely Ariel, Jasmine, and Belle. But how did that impact me as a teenager, and later, a woman? Continue reading


The Art of Singing (in front of others)

   Singing is easy. People sing everywhere: cars, showers, in empty spaces. But singing in front of others takes bravery, not just talent.

When I was young, I wanted to be a singer. I would dance on top of my dresser to the likes of R&B and hip-hop. I belted out the anthems of Whitney and Mariah with no abandon. [I wished I could hit the whistle register, but unfortunately, genetic forces kept me from stretching my range out of the “alto” category.]

Fast-forward a few years and you’d find me on the stage at St. Andrew’s Elementary, completely comfortable with hitting the high notes in “O Holy Night” for our school’s Winter Concert.

But, as you might expect, my “fame” was short lived. My talents were really just thanks to “kid singer” hype. By the time I got to high school, it was clear to me that — although I loved the stage and the energy I got from being there — singing was not my calling. I auditioned for everything: solos, lead roles in theater productions, understudies for roles in musicals… but my time was gone.

Some people are born to live in the spotlight and to let all their talent shine in front of others. It’s brave and challenging and rightfully difficult. Even though I didn’t have the projection or the clear and high voice that so many directors wanted from their lead roles, I did have the tenacity to keep trying and supporting those who did make it.

I’d like to share with you some of the ones who did!

Louise Keeton, actress and model. She’s a lovely person and really brings out the best in people.

Skylar Gudas, singer and actress. She’s created her own band and is making big waves.

“Red” Lewis, lead singer of “The Letting Go”. Musician and photographer (and man who loves cats).

There are many more, but those are just a few of whom I grew up with. Moral of the story? Chase your dream and be courageous. You can do anything that you love to do 10x better than what you think you should do.