Having the Courage to Achieve

When I was twelve years old I discovered my passion for film acting.  I remember I was sitting in my living room watching Hannah Montana when I realized that I wanted to work in entertainment.  I sprinted upstairs to my mom and dad and told them I knew what I wanted to do and I needed their help.  I told them I wanted to get into film acting right away.  They both shrugged since they knew nothing about how to get into entertainment, but they said if I could figure out how to get into it they would drive me to where I needed to be.

They doubted that I would act on my impulsive decision to purse acting.  Within a week, I had two agency meetings, an acting class, and a headshot session lined up.  My parents were shocked.  This began my many years of doing commercials and independent films in Dallas.  I still love acting but I have a new desire to dance professionally.

I was a North Texas Dancer for three years.  They were some of the most amazing years of my life.  I built friendships that will last forever and I worked harder than I ever have at a sport.  In May of last year I decided to test my dancing abilities and try out for Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader, I made it to finals and was cut there before training camp.  I was so disappointed because I had worked so hard, but I was also proud of myself for making it so far my first time around.  I knew I would come back the next year better than ever.

I let myself be sad for two days.  Thats right, only two days.  For two days I ate ice cream, pizza, and watched TV and mourned my dream of being a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader.  On day three, I pulled myself together.  I started working out harder than ever and taking as many dance classes as I could.  I decided to try out for a Semi Pro team that produces many Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders.  The Allen Americans Ice Angels was the new goal.

I trained from May until August for the auditions and I am now proud to call myself an Allen Americans Ice Angel.  I cheer for the Semi-Pro hockey team the Allen Americans.  I am having the time of my life.  I love this team and the way the girls and director challenge me and push me to be the best version of myself.  The old dream has not been forgotten though, I am still training for Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader auditions this coming May.  So we will see where this year of hard work leads me.   

If you have a goal, go for it!  Hard work and dedication can get you farther than you have ever imagined.  Whether your goal is to be a professional dancer, get in shape, eat healthier, or learn to ride a bike, go do it!  Take little steps each day and do not let fear ever stop you from pursuing something new.

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Grace Patterson