It's All In A Name

Before I ramble on I guess I should probably introduce my self first with a quick overview of who and where I am...

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Hi, I'm Jenna Atkinson! An actress who grew up in Phillipsburg, New Jersey and moved right over the bridge to Easton, Pennsylvania in 2010. I was very fortunate enough to attend the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and it was during my four years there I realized how important the arts were to me. 

I am now in my final semester of college and will be graduating May of 2018 from Rider University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. 

So now for the dreaded question I bet you are all thinking...

So Now What?

See this picture? I posted this on my Instagram account last spring and captioned it as,

"I Don't Care How Long It Takes Me, But I'm Going Somewhere Beautiful." 

This is exactly how I feel at this point in my life and the reason I decided to take on this blog. 

Look around you. Creativity and inspiration is all around us. Other than proper preparation, I have no control as to whether or not I will book my next job. While that may terrify and confuse some people, it excites me because it means I can explore other passions of mine and better yet, use this platform to share them with others.

Last year I changed my Instagram account name to @inspiredtobeme_ja. Some people questioned why or if I thought it would make it harder to find me online, but that didn't worry me because there was a reason to my madness. For as long as I can remember I never wanted to fit in, I always wanted to stay true to myself or create a new trend. When creating a social media presence for myself and my professional website I quickly learned:

1) My name already exists

2) I love my middle name (Helaine) but I simply don't use it in my everyday life

I chose Inspired To Be Me because I never want to question myself. Even if I mess up, it is my mistake to learn and grow from. I truly believe everyone has a path they are destined to fulfill, some might need more help along the way, but we are all individuals with an individual story to tell. 

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This is why I have finally decided to start my personal blog, Inspired To Smile, because I have so many passions, adventures, stories I want to tell and share with the world. 

Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy day to follow me on this crazy journey of life. I hope my blog not only shares my personal stories, but also makes your day a little brighter and inspires you to smile too!

Jenna Atkinson