The word family can be defined as a basic social unit consisting of parents and their children, considered as a group, (www.dictionary.com). To me, family is more than a social unit. Family is hope, generosity, trust, and love; each word at its purest meaning. I was blessed with seven brothers and sisters and two loving parents. Each member in my family has their own set of goals for themselves and a positive attitude to achieve them. My goals involve setting a good example for my six younger siblings. I wanted to do this through the power of music. It was my intention to show them that no matter who you are, or where you are from, everyone is capable of great things. This is why last year I went to audition for ‘American Idol’.
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It had always been my plan since the first season of the show to audition, but my age restricted me to do so until last May when I turned sixteen in time for cycle ten. I was ecstatic to find out about the auditions only a week prior to them. I immediately ran to my parents and asked them to take me to the closest audition spot to Cleveland Ohio which was Milwaukee Wisconsin. Unfortunately, my parents couldn’t make arrangements with all the kids and work in order to take me. To my benefit, I inherited the stubborn quality from both my parents; I knew I would make it to Milwaukee one way or another.
Just one month before I had found out about the auditions I had begun working at Outback Steakhouse due to my cousins referral. One day at work I asked him if he would like to take a road trip with me to Milwaukee. After explaining all the details, he agreed to be my legal guardian for the week and take me over state boarders.
I remember the auditions as if they were yesterday. We began the nine and a half hour drive starting at ten in the morning, right after I packed up my guitar and loaded the car. I remember the excitement I felt during the drive, each road sign and streetlight we passed led me a step closer to my dream. When we got to Milwaukee, I was singing with excitement, literally. Even though I was excited beyond words, I knew I had to go to sleep early because I had a long day ahead of me.
I woke up the next morning at three to get ready. The producers of the show made us form a giant line outside the stadium. All of the T.V. footage was shot out there. After several hours I made my way into the stadium. It was beyond incredible. I have never in my life been in a place with so many talented people. After waiting thirteen hours I finally got my chance to audition. I sang one line before the producer asked me to stop and told me I didn’t make it to the next round. I am so grateful my cousin helped me go to Milwaukee. At first I found the whole thing a little bittersweet, but I know that the experience changed my life forever. It made me realize that there are a million other people there all with the same dream and it makes me want to work even harder to accomplish mine. My name is Alexis Kerg, and I aspire to do something big in my life, to make someone of myself, to defy all odds, and to be the one in a million who makes it.
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