When I was in fourth grade, I told my dad I wanted to be a singer. Unfortunately, there was something I needed in order to pursue my dreams: talent. I was not a talented singer (to say the least). Luckily, my dad was honest and let me down easy.
Later in life, I did, however, discover that I am a talented writer. While I wouldn’t say it came naturally (I do have a bachelor’s degree, after all), writing has been a part of my everyday life for as long as I can remember. You should have seen my middle school journal collection!
Being a writer brought me here — to Jefferson City — which is riddled with talented people. Whether in the theater (pg. 8), music (pg. 5) or tattoo (pg. 14) industries, there’s talent on every corner of town. Authors and film producers have picked towns in Missouri to be the site or inspiration for their art (pg. 24). Mid-Missouri has also opened its doors to young, talented women in the fashion industry (pg. 18).
Talents are not consistently matter-of-fact. Your personal development and finding your strengths are most important. Talent comes in different forms, so be talented in how you treat others, spend your time and chase your dreams.