Have you heard of the Broadway musical Hamilton? It’s a story of one of America’s founding fathers, featuring a score that blends hip hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway. It has won 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and our own President has seen it. In today’s episode we hear from one of the show’s stars, Ariana DeBose, a woman who had the courage to follow her intuition, drop out of school, and fulfill her dreams.
Ariana is a young, passionate, multi-talented woman with many creative projects already under her belt. We talk about her challenges as an outspoken girl and one of the only students of color in her peer group, her encounter with anorexia and the pressure she felt as a teenager to be perfect, and what it means to her to be a true creator.
-Ariana’s childhood: Her early love for cinema and how she connects that love to her passion for theater today. [2:55]
-On being raised by a mother who treated her like an adult, never being afraid to ask questions, and her start with dancing. [10:24]
-The challenge that took a self-assured teen out of her comfort zone, plus Ariana’s perspective on needing approval from others. [13:46]
-Her struggles fitting in, always being the smart girl, and rubbing people the wrong way with her focus and ambition. [17:04]
-“I thought I had to be perfect.” Ariana’s struggle with perfection and finding solace in dance. [20:31]
-How her inner faith and intuition helped her fight the odds, drop out of college, and move to New York to become a dancer. [23:18]
-How she came to realize the importance of being there for the creation of projects she worked on, and making her broadway debut. [27:53]
-Lessons from the last six years: Not taking things too personally, knowing your own worth, and fighting stereotypes. [31:35]
-On what it means to Ariana to be a creator, and how it felt getting the part in Hamilton. [36:20]
-“What are some of the internal barriers women face today who want to create?” Ariana shares her insight. [40:31]
Music by Lucia Lilikoi at lucia.bandcamp.com
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