May 9, 2007 Edition

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Reaching for your dreams

Amber Adams
Staff Writer

In the last several months I have learned a lot about reaching for your dreams from my 10-year-old niece, Brooke.

When we learned last year that my niece, Brooke, had been accepted into an acting school, we were all ecstatic. The cost was monumental for my sister, a single mother of two, but she took on two extra jobs to cover it.

When we learned that Brooke had been selected for International Presentation of Performers, it made it worth the work. Since then, she has been attending her regular acting class on the weekends and a special IPOP class on Monday evenings.

She is tired and a little cranky now, but we can already see that her hard work is paying off. Two weeks ago she was called for an audition for the Wilhelmina Dan Agency. Last Friday my sister got a call saying they wanted to sign Brooke.

She has worked hard already, studying for acting and modeling classes as well as keeping straight A's, and has much more to do. I think this is something so many of us are unwilling to do anymore.

If I've learned nothing else in the last year, I've learned this: you must work hard to achieve your dreams.

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