Jalen Moody graduated from the Marine Science Magnet High School of Southeastern Connecticut in Groton, Connecticut in June 2017. He will attend California State University Channel Islands, in the fall, where he will study Biology. Jalen was initially attracted to the ACT-SO program because it provided him with the opportunity to showcase his talents at a nation-wide event and perform in a large setting. He competed at the 2017 local Norwich ACT-SO branch competition in the Dramatics and Music: Vocal Contemporary categories. He received two gold medals – one for his performance of Hamlet’s soliloquy, To Be or Not To Be, and another for his Music: Vocal Contemporary piece, Luck Be a Lady by Frank Loesser.
Due to his accomplishments at the local competition, Jalen has advanced to compete at the national competition in Baltimore, Maryland this upcoming July!
Three Words to Describe Feelings About National Competition
Excited, curious and happy. Jalen is excited about the national competition because he has never had an opportunity to perform at an event of this caliber. He is flattered to have been recognized by such a renowned program for simply doing what he loves to do. He is curious because this is his first time participating in this competition, so he has many brewing questions about what the people and overall experience will be like. Lastly, he is happy because he did not expect to receive such high accolades. When he found out that he was a local gold medalist and chosen to advance to the national competition, he was overflowing with pure joy.
Nerves & Excitement
Jalen is nervous about representing, not only his local Norwich branch, but the entire state of Connecticut, at the national competition: “It’s a lot of pressure to have on someone. Not to mention, I am competing against people who are probably much more experienced than I am, in terms of my skills.” Although he is feeling some stress about making his hometown proud, Jalen is looking forward to meeting and learning from more experienced individuals in the drama field. He is also very interested in engaging with other students who are just as passionate about singing and acting as he is: “Making new friends and bonding over something we have in common always leaves an amazing feeling.” Jalen hopes to learn different singing and acting styles from the various performances at this competition, along with creating life-long friendships that he will cherish forever.
“Take that extra chance. I was absolutely scared to compete in this competition, but now, not only did I win the gold medals in my categories, I’m going to Baltimore to compete with hundreds of kids across the country. Never give up, and always try, because you, more than likely, will end up surprising yourself.” – Jalen Moody
Jalen also advises students to always practice their craft, because you never know when it might come in handy or help you in the future.
We wish you the best of luck, Jalen, in the 2017 national competition!