If two years ago you told me I would be 1) at university, 2) in Southampton, 3) studying advertising, I never would have believed you. But I couldn’t be happier.
This time 2 years ago I was probably crying in front of my singing teacher for the hundredth time. I was so desperate to get into a London theatre school but with very little experience behind me and high competition I wasn’t getting anywhere. I was heartbroken, lost and confused. My other friends had all gone to university or travelling and I was so jealous they were achieving their dreams whilst I was working in a job that didn’t interest me and desperately trying to improve my singing skills. My singing teacher also coached me in acting and tried desperately to help me achieve my childhood dream of being on the stage.
Reflecting on it 2 years on, I am so strong minded and self-determined that I couldn’t admit my dream was too far out of my reach. I wanted to get into a school so I wouldn’t feel like a failure anymore. My family were so supportive but I knew they would have rather I’d chosen a more academic profession since I had so much potential through school. I knew I didn’t want a life of struggles and rejection but I didn’t believe I would ever find another profession that I adored like performing.
During a normal day at work I met someone who was in advertising and I was truly inspired. Her name was Jo and she told me about her job and how she was moving to Dubai to start her own agency. For the first time since leaving school I was excited to learn. I researched all about the advertising world and all the opportunities and avenues it could take you. After a few work experience weeks and talking to other people in the industry I knew that it was the right path for me.
My passion had returned. This time instead of the theatre, it was advertising and I can honestly say that I am happier creating a campaign than singing on stage (and frankly much better at it too!). I was so lost in life not knowing what career was right for me and now I have such a strong and clear focus and I couldn’t be more passionate about it! I now believe in the idea of fate and it doesn’t matter what path you take because as long as you’re out there observing the world and taking every opportunity, you will find what you’ve been looking for.