What area are you “making space” for?
“I’m making space for theatre. It is not my career but part of who I am. I didn’t choose to act just because I liked it but also because of a necessity to feel alive. There have been parts of my life when my emotions were like a rollercoaster of which I could not restrain the speed; theatre was the remote control for that ride. It settles my cells to equilibrium, an equilibrium that gives me a sense of belonging. My whole life, I couldn’t find my place: home didn’t feel like home, and the people around me didn’t really feel like family, although they were.
Theatre gave a me a purpose, and that made me understand why and where to stand. There have been times in my life when I have tried to deny that part of me. I was fragile to other people’s opinions, and I chose not to pursue acting anymore. I was miserable with that decision, and it made me realize that theatre is not a choice for me: it is what I am–and I love it.”Alejandra Cid Vega, Student at University of Central Florida
Share your journey and why this is important to you
Artists are powerful, and we need to take responsibility for bringing everyone together. The world is in need of young artists with global vision and empathy. Throughout history, art has proven to be one of the strongest weapons for revolution to happen; and, as I see it, this world is in need of a radical shift of direction. Art is emotion and emotion is something all human beings experience. Acting is about sharing moments and, as a performer, I declare my job to be acting as the medium between the singular word “person” and the collective noun “people”. My goal is to be a channel that contributes in connecting individuals to each other by telling a story–I want to help people realize we all share much more than we think. That connection does not depend on our religion, beliefs, sexual orientation, origins or social standing. I have felt out of place in my own culture, and theatre gave me a place to stand–a place to belong.
How would you like to inspire others?
Performing and the study of art are effective tools to improve physical and mental health. Theatre improves emotional intelligence and promotes self-understanding. Music heals hearts through frequencies that evoke empathy. Dance explores all of the possible movements bodies can execute; it connects people to their bodies. I would love to promote arts education and its benefits through articles that are not only informative but inspirational. I would love to create a spark for people to be better, to explore the edges of their abilities, and to dive into how the performing arts transform, develop, and heal.
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