Self-Declaration 101

I am Vail Varone. These four powerful words have changed my life.

A little less than four years ago I was singing in a voice lesson. I was feeling gross and embarrassed, as usual. Every time I made a sound I didn’t like (which was almost all the sounds I made back then) I’d apologize to my teacher. Each time, she’d assure me that it was okay, but I never truly felt like it was! That day was different because when I apologized she took a new approach. She abruptly stopped playing piano, looked at me, and deadpanned, “but you are Vail Varone!” I looked back at her wondering, why is this lady telling acting like she’s never heard my name before? She explained that she was reminding me of something I had long forgotten, my worth.

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