Welcome to Happy On Stage!

Welcome to Happy On Stage! I am so glad you came to visit. For my first post, I want to tell you a little bit about how the name “Happy On Stage” was born! Before I get too ahead of myself, I’m Kristen. I’m a small girl (a whopping 5 feet tall) from a small town in Louisiana. However, in just a few days, I will be making the move to the Big Easy to start my college journey. I will be majoring in Musical Theatre at Loyola University New Orleans. I am extremely excited to see what this transition will bring. This was not always the case, as thinking about college used to make me cringe.

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Deciding to pursue an arts related career can be extremely tough. I struggled, at first, to embrace the fact that theatre and dance made me happy. I was held under the constant pressure of my peers’ and teachers’ judgement. Throughout most of high school, I had convinced myself that I wanted to become a doctor. Many hours of stress, tears, and soul searching led me to realize that I was being completely ridiculous. Performing Arts had been my passion since I was 5 years old; why should that change now? Why should I work towards a career that will only make me miserable?

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What society told me was an acceptable, successful career choice made shy away from thinking about my future. In our younger years, we are told we can be anything our little hearts desire. However, as we grow older, we are able to recognize that value is placed upon careers that revolve around the math and sciences. While these are extremely important fields of work, people like me begin to wonder if artistic and creative passions should solely a part of our childhood identities…

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That being said, we shouldn’t be taught to reject our passions, we should embrace them! We are all uniquely diverse. In the world we live in, fostering the passions and talents of young people should be our main focus. For this reason, I chose an amazing school with an incredible Musical Theatre department which will allow me to foster my one true calling: educating and encouraging the next generation of artists and performers.

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This blog is not necessarily going to teach you to the be the best, most successful performer. Nor is this blog meant to appeal only to people with the same interests as me. Instead, it is meant for people with passion, drive, and motivation to be happy and confident in anything that they chose to do.

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The meaning behind the title Happy On Stage is quite simple: I’m Kristen and I’m happy on stage. What I hope for you is that you will confidently embrace what makes you happy. By doing so, you will impact this beautiful Earth in some beautiful ways.

 

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