Positively Arts is proud to announce Noemi Elena as the November Student of the Month! Noemi excelled during last month’s Get Launched Vegas competition and fundraising challenge, raising nearly $2,000 to provide opportunities for local youth to participate in arts enrichment and leadership programs through Positively Arts. She is an excellent student and never gives up when challenges come. We are glad that Noemi is part of our team and we will always be by her side all the way. We hope to have her in more incredible performance opportunities that she would enjoy being in! We appreciate her for all the amazing acts and hard work she has put into our team. Noemi does an amazing job performing and getting along with everyone around her. She is always eager to learn new skills and has excellent participation while practicing. Noemi Elena sat down with Positively Arts student intern Naomi C., who is currently a freshman at Cristo Rey St. Viator College Preparatory in Las Vegas.
Noemi, it is an honor being able to hear all about your experiences. What inspired you to get into performing arts?
NOEMI: When I was little, I had a best friend, but she sadly had to move away to LA. She moved away with her family because she was a child actor. Her name is Kingston Foster. We would hang out everyday, and I was so interested in what she did! Kingston would always tell me about all the movies and shows she was in. She was in Fuller House (S6:E2), American Horror Story, Breaking Bad, and Disney Channels' ‘Zombies’. It made me want to do what she did, and that’s what started it all. I remember being in the car and talking to my mom, saying “Hey mom I wanna be like Kingston when I grow up.” and she said “Well Noemi, you need a lot of training for it.” And so it began! Voice lessons, JR MTI shows at my local children's theater, and then along came Positively Arts!
How you do feel while performing?
NOEMI: When I first get up onstage, I think of it as a performance. No matter if a question is asked or I go straight into it. Once 30 seconds or so has passed, at this point I would most likely close my eyes. Closing my eyes is like my body’s trigger to reset. Mrs. Pilita taught us all the importance of resetting and how much it can improve and affect your state of mind and your everyday performance. After I’ve reset onstage, I feel a sort of comfort. Almost like i’m in my own room, singing to myself. This helps me release my nerves, and I do it almost every time I perform. I don’t necessarily do it voluntarily either, it just kind of happens. I’ve been inspired by leaders all around me that resetting is important and a good skill to have on hand.
Do you still get an anxious or nervous feeling when performing?
NOEMI: All the time! I just want everyone to know that it’s okay to be nervous. Not too long ago I remember feeling super anxious during the Get Launched Vegas finale, I was almost in tears. I remember saying things like “I can’t do this” and “I never get nervous, why do I feel like this?” I was trying to sike myself out. Then I got upstage and performed my song and I did awesome. I realized I was hyping it up for it to me just fine. So I always like to tell my friends, whenever they get nervous, that it is ok to feel that way. It’s okay to sike yourself out. But at the end of the day, the world isn’t going to end, making mistakes is ok, and nobody is going to judge you if you get nervous. We are all human and feelings always come out. It happens to the best of us.
How do you feel after performing?
NOEMI: Not long ago I went to a leadership workshop where a very wise man named Scott Lang (not Ant-Man) spoke to me. He was talking about how the choir people or singers are more sensitive to criticism, and judgment. Because other majors don’t use their bodies. We as singers use our vocal chords and our voice and our body. While others use instruments, machinery, music programs, or other forms of entertainment to perform. I learned a lot from this workshop!! Normally, after I perform. I feel relieved, but I also feel proud of myself. It’s not every day you feel proud of yourself, so it’s a good feeling to have, and I love feeling it. Every performance I am in, I anticipate doing a good job so that I can have a sense of pride, and it’s always fun to see my friends smile when they are proud of themselves too.
What do you enjoy about Positively Arts?
NOEMI: I enjoy all the opportunities that Pilita gives us to perform, she’s truly creative and comes up with fun things that everyone loves participating in! All the different classes there are to choose from, it’s overwhelmingly amazing! The people, the teachers, the knowledge, you never know how much you can retain from these classes. I’m so grateful for my scholarship and that I can take advantage of it so that I can experience every single one of these cherishable opportunities. I have made so many friends during my time here at PA and it is in my plan to keep going so that I can meet even more kind and loving people!!
Did you have any experience performing before joining PA?
NOEMI: Yes! Oddly, I acted more often than I sang, but everyone at Positivley Arts taught me majority of things I know about performing and technique. I acted and did Jr MTI shows at Broadway Kids Academy and Seedling theater. I also had a vocal coach around the age of nine! Her name was Emelie Moutlon, and she taught me the basics of singing. Solfedge, diction, crescendo, rhythm, and we had a lot of fun during lessons. I love my current vocal coach who I’ve been with since 2020, and her name is Britni. I switched to her around 10 or 11. She helps me prepare for all my performances, and she teaches me all the cool techniques, skills, and hacks that I know today! I’ve had various experiences prior to Positively Arts!
What are some of your near-term goals?
NOEMI: My goal is to score a role and get a callback from a casting director so that I can get my foot in the door, and start off my professional acting career. I was signed by my agent in September of last year, and I’m so grateful for him. He’s helped me so much in finding auditions and I can’t wait to land something and take off so I can launch my future!
Do you want to continue performing in the future?
NOEMI: Of course I do! The arts are my passion and my safe space. Whether it’s singing, acting, playing an instrument, or dance! Even though I am not a professional at these yet, I hope that I can progress in my journey so that I can show everyone how great I am! I may not be the best, but I believe that if you manifest the best for yourself, you can achieve the impossible. Remember, confidence is key!
Are there any challenges that you have faced, but you were able to overcome?
NOEMI: Over the summer I had flat foot surgery. It was challenging mentally, physically, and emotionally. I was bullied at school, and felt like everyone was always staring at me! I eventually got over the sensitivity and all the unnecessary comments made by kids at school. I stayed strong and got through it. Singing was something that helped me! It always helps me feel better when I sing, if I’m in pain, sick, or having a bad day. Singing and Positivley Arts put a smile on my face during hard times.
Whats the best advice someones given you for performing arts?
NOEMI: Don't ever stop. If performing is your passion, the worst thing you can do for yourself is give up.
Congratulations, Noemi, on being student of the month!