Introductory Blog Post: Melissa K.

I have always been interested in television and entertainment! Since a young age, I loved to perform and always wanted to be involved in the performing arts. I started with dance classes when I was in elementary school and I trained in various types of dance. Ballet, Jazz, tap, hip hop and pointe….just to name a few! I had my first ballet recital when I was in the third grade and from the moment I stepped foot onto that stage, I knew performing was what I wanted to do. My mother realized I  had a passion for dance and performing after that and she placed me in a well-known dance studio that was local to where we lived. This is where I had my first real dance performance. I call it a performance and not a recital because it was so much more than just a recital. It took the majority of the school year to prepare for and the costumes were mostly hand made by the woman that owned the studio. You really could not find those costumes anywhere else! The performance was held in a huge, professional auditorium at a close by, well-known university and not just at the local elementary school gym. These dance performances through the studio were my first entertainment experiences ever. From day one, I knew I was meant to be in the entertainment industry. I danced all throughout middle school and high school and the skills I learned in that dance studio are skills that I still apply to my television jobs today. Although I never became a professional dancer, I am still a performer and a professional SAG-AFTRA actor. Those skills I learned from being in those dance performances are skills that I still apply to auditions, on camera work (such as speaking into a camera/interviewing someone) and to every day life. There are many skills that I learned during those dance performances, but one always sticks out above the rest. That skill would be having confidence. I call confidence a skill because we all have our good and bad days, but it takes skill to be confidence in front of an audience regardless of which kind of day you are having. Center Stage Dance Scene

Why is confidence in acting so important??

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