I’ve had an appreciation for the arts, history and culture that stems back to early childhood. I couldn’t wait for my school trips to the theatre, museum or art gallery. I’ve been writing stories from the time I could hold a pencil (honest!) I wanted nothing more than to act, sing and dance so that I could be just like ‘the people on TV.’ Sadly my parents had other ideas because although I get my love of the arts from my dad, my parents wanted me to be more of an academic, and there was absolutely no way Mum wanted a stage school brat on her hands.
But I was always very artistic and creative, and loved anything that stretched my imagination. The subjects I excelled in at school were languages, history, and anything that had an element of art or creativity. I was never going to be a world famous mathematician or find a cure for baldness but that didn’t matter to me – people whose talents lie in those areas will achieve such feats. I just wanted to focus on doing what I did best.
Unfortunately real life has a habit of getting in the way of hopes and aspirations – and that’s exactly what happened with me. I suffered something of a crisis whilst at university where I was torn between following my heart and studying something I knew I’d enjoy, and listening to my head and preparing myself for the real world. I managed to compromise, but I didn’t feel truly fulfilled.
So I started taking voice lessons and attending acting workshops and I had a blast! More than anything, I found that no matter what problems affecting me; no matter how low I felt, once I had a script in my hand or I started singing, I instantly felt healed. it was my release, my happy place, my Nirvana. And I’ve never lost sight of how uplifting the arts can be. Even just wandering around a museum makes me feel instantly happier. People who think the arts and cultural experiences are unnecessary or ‘only for rich people’ have absolutely no idea what they’re talking about and no idea what they’re missing. Such experiences can be very enlivening, enriching and invigorating.
Knowing this, I’ve decided to make more of an effort to bring the beauty of the arts and creativity back into my life. The arts make me happier and have a definite place in my life so I’m going to spend more time doing what I love and exploring new cultural experiences – and I’ll be sharing those experiences right here with you.