Flying Far Away
Hi, my name is Dani Atkinson. I was born on February 12th, 1991, which makes me sixteen years old! If I had to describe myself in just a few words, I would say that I'm optimistic, dedicated, and most of all driven. I have been attracted to music for as long as I can remember. Ever since I was three years old, I would tell my mom that I wanted to be a singer. Although it was obvious I had the potential in me, she wanted to protect me from dreaming for something that seems so far out of reach. However, I kept dreaming. At ten years old, I took it upon myself to submit a resume to John Robert Power's Acting Agency. My parents finally started to understand how serious I was about performing. Singing around the house, was no longer enough for me, I needed to be on stage. I started taking part in local talent shows and performing whenever there was an opportunity. I started working with my vocal coach, Erin Volpintesta, at 11 years old, and many more doors were opened. I started singing at restaurants in Connecticut, at "Future Diva Night" and "Angel Fests." I auditioned and was a top finalist in "Westchester Teen Idol." I won first place in talent shows throughout middle school, and so far in my high school years. I have been asked to sing the National Anthem and God Bless America for Little League games, high school football and basketball games, Community Days, and the Hudson Valley Renegades Minor League Baseball games. In 2006, I signed a contract with Angel Thorne Music Productions to record a demo CD at 14 years old. I began working with Rob Volpintesta, my producer, and created a CD that means a great deal to me. This was the first time I experimented with writing lyrics, and found a great passion. Over the past two years, this demo has a been a great outlet for self expression. I was introduced to many talented musicians, and experienced what it means to be a recording artist. Aside from my pop/rock genre, I also take part in musical theatre. I have been a part of Superman, A Chorus Line, Aida, Bye Bye Birdie as Kim McAfee, Peter Pan as Wendy, Little Women as Amy, and currently Beauty and The Beast as Belle. Balancing rehearsals, studio time, and school work, has illustrated my ability to handle stress and my level of focus. A normal day consists of eight hours of Honors and Advanced Placement Classes that end at 2 p.m., a two hour dance class at VP Dance Academy from 4 -6 p.m taught by Louis Perez (former Broadway performer), 2 hours of Drama Rehearsal from 7-9 p.m led by musical theatre director Anthony Scarrone, and then homework and studying time. Blended in are showcase rehearsals and vocal lessons. Summer of 2007, I went to an Open Mic Night at Dillon's Café in New York City on 54th and Broadway, and I was given a showcase by Billy Shepard and Judy Jourdan. I lead a busier life than the normal sixteen year old girl.But I know that performing --whether it is singing, acting, or dancing, is what I thrive off of. To be a performer is not only what I want to do, it is what I need to do.