Perform to Inspire

Scholarship Entrant: Shannon from Sarasota, Florida
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Shannon: 7

If I could earn a living doing what I loved most it would be to perform; sing, act, staged combat – the outlet is not so much the detail but the sheer fact that I would be rehearsing, performing and ultimately sharing art with those that choose to watch is the crux. Performing to me is the absence of a hurried mind trying to muddle through the daily grind of work, school and life. It is what creates that space where I can be whatever and whomever I choose to be and explore aspects of myself that I may have never even considered. It is my redemption and my release.

Performance changes the world by not only creating a better me – one that is centered and in touch with themselves and their strengths and weaknesses, but it also shares art and differing points of view with others. Performance, in any of its mediums, inspires. It challenges others to look at things from differing perspectives and potentially see something they would not. It also creates, for the viewer, a safe haven to explore themselves and to feel things that they may have not known were possible. Through my performing, I can hope to educate, challenge and inspire others to be better as I improve myself.

Vote for Shannon: 7

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