When I was 6, I knew I wanted to be a singer. To be specific, I wanted to be a Vietnamese singer. I grew up listening to the music, and Vietnamese karaoke was a big hit during my childhood years. Unfortunately for me, it just wasn’t meant to be. I never got the big break I wished for. So no, I don’t currently sing for a living. Nonetheless, I am able to regularly live out my dreams.
Turns out, the thing that really gets me going is not making it big. I can be rather content with performing for a small crowd. I don’t have my heart set on living the style of the rich and famous. I just genuinely enjoy being on stage, and giving it my all with my acting and singing.
I am a local performer. People do not chant my name when I walk on stage. However, I am able to get a good amount of the audience that I am entertaining to hang on to my words. They laugh when I play a comedic role, and they reach for the Kleenex when I sing about a broken heart.
Whenever I am on stage, I am no longer me. Nor am I a star. Instead, I am whatever character I happen to be portraying for the song or skit that I am performing.
Although I might never break out of the local scene, I am still happy to be given the opportunity to perform on stage. I enjoy connecting with others through my singing and acting. So in a way, I am living out my childhood dreams. I just can’t quite quit my day job.