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Never Give Up



I’ve been singing since I was 9 years old. I will be 27 in 2 weeks, so that means that I’ve been officially involved with music for almost 18 years. I started in a kids’ choir and built my way up to full bands. Starting from jazz and bossanova, moving forward to pop/rock and blues in Guatemala and now melding Classical and rock in Chicago. I have traveled to the US, Mexico, Central America and Europe, representing my country in a variety of festivals, seminars and contests. I have been in beautiful places and met wonderful people, it’s been an amazing experience and I will be forever grateful with music for where it has taken me.

Even though everything has been awesome, it doesn’t mean it has been easy. I have missed holidays like Christmas and New Years Day, vacations, birthdays (even my own), best friend’s weddings, relationships, road trips and parties with my schoolmates and special moments with my beloved ones. The biggest challenge I had was moving out of my country, leaving my friends, family and my own band behind to explore new territory and learn more about the music scene outside of Guatemala. Stepping out of my comfort zone and literally diving into the unknown. All of that, so I can get closer to my goal.

Pursuing a dream, in general, is hard. It doesn’t matter if it’s music, science, sports or any other career. It takes a lot of commitment, hard work and sacrifice but most importantly: determination and willingness to do whatever it takes to achieve it. There are no days off, no ‘breaks’; it’s a non-stop trip if you want to success. Failure is always on the way, too. You fall but you get back up and try harder, do better, get wiser and be stronger. There’s people and situations that will become obstacles and try to stop you but you overcome them and stand tall, you get hurt but you heal.

It's very important to mention that, sometimes, some people will not understand what you're doing or going through if they have not been on the same path you have. DO NOT let anyone discourage you! Only you know what you've done to get to where you are and that's reason enough to be proud of yourself.

After all this is said, I can say that even though it’s been challenging, it has all been worth it and I will continue my journey of making my dreams come true, one song at a time!

- Sophie


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