I was half freak/half geek all my life in america. I was the fat kid in the corner with a lot of attitude but really nice. I didn't make friends easy cause I was fat and geeky, haha- but I didn't care too much until I got into Middle School. I made some 'cooler' friends who were similar to me in 7th grade and I joined Stagecraft as one of my electives, cause I knew one of the T.A's. Long story short- I loved it and soon became Stage Manager and in 8th grade I was T.A. for Stagecraft and even helped out in Improv lessons and afterschool. The people I met during those classes- I will never forget. I had my first real crush on this drummer guy who was younger than me- but I got over it and then we became amazing friends. I loved 'running the show' and i got a lot of respect from the students and teacher's alike. I got to organize the snack stand and sit at the 'door' selling tickets for the shows, and set up all the rehearsals with lighting and sound. I loved it. I even trained people on how to use the spotlight and things. The improv guys and stagecrew were hilarious and they all loved their Classic Rock- it was the first time I'd ever heard The Who and Led Zeppelin and AC/DC and KISS and The Rolling Stones and really paid attention. I got inspired and started drumming and fell in love with The Who's drummer Keith Moon and then I actually saw them in concert- while I was watching them on stage I had one of those moments- y'know the one's where you feel like you're life is changing. Watching Pete Townshend play, I felt this crazy connection and since then I've loved everything about The Who. I got more of their albums, read some biographies, and the more I learnt the more 'at home' I felt. My confidence grew and by this time I was a freshman in highschool and I'd have people over to jam, and it felt really cool and really right. I wasn't afraid to be myself anymore (i dyed my hair purple around this time and started bringing my camera to school). But there was still something missing. I wasn't able to take the classes I wanted to and I still felt a bit like I didn't 'connect' properly with people. I told my dad that I really wanted to move to England. We discussed it A LOT. We looked at how much college would be if I went to an English art school and then we talked about why I wanted to move and etc etc. My dad was feeling kind of stuck in his job and I remember Mum, Dad and i went out to eat at a pasta restaurant and he told me, that 'If I can get a job, in England- we're going to move.' He set up some interviews, booked a flight and it took him 1 week to find a job, house and school. I was really, truly happy and it has been the greatest thing I've ever done (besides taking all creative classes). I've never looked back. The friends I had, lost touch with me- but I think that's how it's supposed to be. I've made amazing ones here that I wouldn't trade for the world and I finally feel like I'm home. [:
I get that question a lot, so I thought I'd give you guys a nice substantial answer. Hope I didn't bore you!!