Aimee's Story :
I’m Aimee, a grade 12 student at Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School in the Drama stream of the Integrated Arts Program. I first found my love for theatre and the performing arts when I was
a young girl. Listening to the cast recordings of Les Miserables and Evita played by my mother around the house helped spark the passion I had for theatre. I remember the first moment I knew that I wanted to fully immerse myself in the world of theatre. I went with my first-grade class to the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton to see Beauty and the Beast. The entire show, I was mesmerized by what was happening on stage, not just the story or the spectacle of it all, but the actors themselves. It was unlike what I had seen on the television screen at home. These were living, breathing people who were embodying entirely other people. To my first grade mind, that was the neatest thing a person could do. I came home that night and I remember telling my mum nonstop how that’s what I wanted to do when I was older. Since then, I haven’t lost the profound love I discovered that day.
Over the years, I have worked my way into the local theatre scene in Peterborough, have entered many singing competitions, and have been involved in dozens of theatre-related ventures. I feel blessed to have the support from so many people from such a young age. This continued support has led me to want to continue in the arts community. From working on productions of well-known musicals to getting the opportunity to originate character’s in multiple plays, I am incredibly grateful for the lovely people I have had the chance to meet and the lessons they have taught me.
One question that I’m asked a lot is how much of your talent is the work you put in and how much is pure luck? While I do believe that there is always a factor of luck and genetics when it comes to certain aspects of succeeding as a performer, I believe that the effort a performer puts in should never be discredited. I am always honest about how I got to where I currently am and the truth is I practice A LOT. I also have had the privilege of being able to train with amazing vocal and acting coaches and that training is something I am incredibly grateful for.
Though I’ve only been in this world for 17 years, I still feel that I have learned quite a bit. I know of the importance of having people there who you know will always support you. I know how tough it can be to face rejection, especially at a young age. I know about the hardships that face those in the arts. I know that it takes immense amounts of time and effort to become better at your craft. And I know that being able to see yourself represented on stage is a large part of what brings younger theatre makers to this industry.
As I grow older I try to make a point of uplifting other performers and taking notice of the progress they have made and how they’ve grown. One thing being in the arts has taught me is that a simple comment can affect a person’s self-esteem. A flippant criticism or a heartfelt compliment can either make or break a young performer. This is something that I am always conscious of so I always try my best to encourage younger performers and be a person they know who will support them. I’ve learned from experience that I do not have to be some big time actor to support or inspire others. As a performer, the impact that you can make on others is not always evident and can sometimes feel as if all your hard work has been for nothing. What keeps my spirits high is the hope that one day a young girl like myself will see me perform and be just as inspired as I was that day in the theatre.