I at first wanted to pick a defining moment in my life that shaped me as Nicholas Japaul Bernard. I could say it was the moment that I first died as Javert in Les Miserable my freshmen year. Something about falling backwards off of a man made bridge a good nine feet in the air and hope against all hope that stage crew but the mats where they are supposed to be changes a man. Or I could talk about the day that I met Julia “Jules” Natoli. She was the catalyst that brought about drastic changes in my life; some for the better and some...not so much. Jules was something more than a best friend because at time I just couldn’t stand her. Her haughty disposition more times than not turned me off and on several occasions I wanted to tell her that she was being silly and wasn’t as good at singing as I had or she claimed but I couldn’t. You see the fact of the matter is that she is as good as she claims herself to be so I cannot logically find her at fault. Who am I to blame because she was blessed with talent?
So I spent a lot of my time trying to catch up with her. Every time I made some sort of break through with my talents whether it be in voice, or acting she would always be one step ahead of me. I knew consciously that it was an unfair comparison, her being a highly trained opera singer and I a naturally gifted musical theater aficionado, but being human gives me the crippling ability to ignore the truth and continued to... [continues]
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