Meet our latest #IAmAcceptd feature, Carlie Mae Pool!
Acceptd: Hi, Carlie! What should we know about you?
Carlie: Hi! I’m Carlie Pool, I’ve been in choir and musical theatre nearly my whole life, I’m a junior in high school, I’m in Bartlesville, OK, and I’m a leftie!
Acceptd: What first got you interested in the arts?
Carlie: My mom actually has a great story about me singing in harmony with my dolls when I was 18 months old. It’s always been something I loved and as I got older people kept telling me I was good at it and it started to become a real passion for me.
Acceptd: What inspires you? What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Carlie: The future inspires me. If I’m ever down and out I remember that there’s so much waiting for me if I get through this moment.
Acceptd: What does it mean to you to be accepted? Can you recall a time you recently felt this feeling?
Carlie: To be accepted is to be truly valued for the person you are. I was recently at church and the choir I sing in has been so welcoming. I know that they value my presence as not only a singer, but a person as well.
Acceptd: What do you plan to do either in the arts or with your artistic talents in the future?
Carlie: I plan on going into music education and hopefully performing whether it be on Broadway or in local community theatre.
Acceptd: What is one piece of advice you’d give aspiring creatives like yourself?
Carlie: The only piece of advice I have is to cut yourself some slack. Learning these skills takes time, no matter how talented you are or what time in your life you start. A lot of us are perfectionists and if you beat yourself up too much, you can lose your love for the arts.
Acceptd: What is “art" to you?
Carlie: Art is expression. The way or medium in which you do it is up to you.
Acceptd: What is your Instagram handle and any other channels we can find you on?
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