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University of Maryland college essays (short)

By MarleeFox, Annapolis, MD

Essay 1 prompt: Other than fashion, what medium do you use for self-expression and why?

It may seem a bit counterintuitive, but my means of self-expression is becoming someone else. As an actor, my ultimate goal is to engulf my audience in a story by adopting an identity outside myself, and adopting it with conviction. I aspire to make my performances experiences, not just shows.

Sometimes it is difficult to explain to people who do not act how acting can be a means of self-expression. It is strange to think that you can express yourself by trying to become someone else. What I have learned from every role I have acted, large or small, is that each character becomes a new lens through which I see myself.

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