My journey to the TedxCherryCreek conference was actually quite spontaneous.
For me, it was one those things I felt was a calling. I had spoken at an educator’s conference through Education Reimagine when I was 18 (now 19), and the people who held it sent me an email with this opportunity. Me being an artist and passionate about sharing my voice, I went for it, but after researching, it seemed like a big deal; and after over-analyzing (because I have the tendency to do that), I started to feel my chances were slipping.
I had already filled out the application, but I didn’t have any performance pieces to send them proving I was capable. I started feeling like, “well, if I was truly capable, wouldn’t I have something to show for myself?” so I dropped the idea. It was crazy though because the next day I got a phone call regarding the concerns of my submission, and I told them honestly that I didn’t have professional videos of my work, but I had many written and was eager to participate.
They sounded hesitant, but I couldn’t expect them to be flexible with a stranger who they didn’t know and had no submission. The conversation was going really well though, it was very easy and genuine. Despite the comfortability, I was still shocked when they told me they were going to send me the forms that needed to be completed.
I felt this opportunity had to be meant for them to put their trust in me to come out with something authentic and meaningful solely off a phone call.
That also motivated me more to prove their decision right and I’m feeling pretty confident, but most importantly thankful!