I could never have guessed it would turn out this way. Last August, roughly around this time I remember crying picking up my uniform to my new workplace because I felt a failure, and that nothing and no one could satisfy me this year. I’d let everyone down. And yes I think this year may have been my most challenging yet, but now I think about it, I’d give the world to do it again.
So I started this year working as a waitress, and as a dance teacher. I joined Stoke Youth (who without I would have never ever had a friendship group) and got to do Evita- the musical. Here I met Julian, who is my best friend, and fella. Without him I would be no where near this happy and my god am I thankful every day that I met him. Post this I got the lead role of Maria in The Sound of Music. This gave me countless performance experiences including other work with the director of the show. I auditioned again for drama school, which was heartbreaking, frustrating and confusing but in the end I got offers at Exeter and Warwick Uni, and then the MTA in London and PPA. I eventually chose PPA as the place to be for me, and am so excited to train there on the 3 year Diploma in Musical Theatre. I went on holiday with my family and boyfriend, to Spain which was incredible, and then to Rome on a girly trip which has always been a dream of mine. Yes this year has also been hugely challenging as well. My grandfather died in July, but I got to sing at his funeral, which was a hugely fulfilling thing to do - he never got to see me perform so this was the perfect way to honour his incredible life and show my father how I was there to support him when he needed me most. My dog has also been very ill on and off all year, and whilst she is stable now, her life has been turned for ever (bye bye haagen-dazs!)
And now I’m three days from moving to Guildford. I float between excited and ready for it , to terrified and thinking that sitting on the sofa for life is the way forward. But this is my dream. I have one shot to impress the people I’m going to meet, and I’ve worked so hard for it. I am not going to screw this one up…
So wish me luck! I hope you all have fulfilling years behind you and for those moving onto new chapters, here’s to the future!