After nine years of hard work, I finally got a lead. I’ve been doing drama for so long, and not to say that I haven’t had good parts, but I’ve never gotten the lead. There was always someone older, better at singing, and who fit the part better. As a senior I honestly no longer thought I had a chance. So I tried out for the lead, like always, but expected to get a nice cameo or something like I had in the past. When Emily walked up to me in psych and told me she wanted to hug me, I was really confused. I asked her why and she said, “We’re Fiona!” I couldn’t even react properly because I was so shocked. I even asked her if she was messing with me. Until that moment, I hadn’t even know the cast list was up yet!

I’m so excited to finally show what I have been working at since I was eight years old. I have always dreamed of getting the lead, and now that I have it, I’m so excited and nervous. As happy and grateful as I am, I know that a lot of people wanted this part, and I don’t want anyone to resent me or end up wishing I hadn’t been chosen. Even though I know that I’m capable of doing this, my biggest fear is disappointment. I know that a lot of people will be relying on me, and I don’t want the directors to regret their decision. I don’t want this to affect the friendships I’ve made with people over the past few years. Most of all, I don’t want to let it get to my head. I’ve seen too many leads turn into divas and I’m determined to stay grounded. I’m going to constantly remind myself that I got really lucky. This could have easily been someone else.

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