I was pushed to what I thought was my boundary, at which point I gave up and dropped my solo. It took me two months to realize that I could do better. The word “variation” changed my entire thinking pattern. A teacher spoke to me and said that my solo could be more powerful with variation so I decided to try a new style of singing. Three weeks later I was able to make the solo my own. This marvelous experience got me over my stage fright, and more importantly, it taught me about friendship. I could not have achieved my self-confidence without the support of my friends and teachers at CSA who helped me achieve my dream.