The Director

Scholarship Entrant: Lyssa from Glendale, Arizona
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 Lyssa: 343

Imagination runs wild pondering future careers–sword swallower? Tuba player?–ok, I’ve never touched a tuba, but maybe I’m an undiscovered prodigy. To be absolutely honest, I would choose directing youth theater. I have been acting since I was ten years old. In the eight years since, I have been bullied, homeless, and been hit by a truck. Friends have died, moved away or simply moved on. Yet, for every terrible experience, I have had fifty amazing ones. I have loved like crazy, had spontaneous adventures and laughed till I cried.

Thanks to theater I have more “family” than I know what to do with. Theater is my refuge and my home. It wouldn’t be possible without the men and women we call “Director”. Youth Theater Directors don’t simply produce a good show. They build confidence and instill pride in their actors. They mold kids into emotionally intelligent adults.

Each of my directors has made a unique contribution to my life. Sure, they formed me into a good performer, but more importantly they taught me to carry myself with pride and dignity while respecting others. Shaping kids changes the world as we know it. If this were a realistic dream, then I would change my major from nursing to theater production. It would be an honor to direct youth theater and have the same impact that my directors had on me. Acrobatics, and deep sea treasure hunting are tempting careers, but directing youth theater is the way I would go.

Vote for Lyssa: 343

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