Paloma Garcia-Lee Writes a Letter to Her Teenage Self
Broadway baby Paloma Garcia-Lee has been all over the Great White Way: She’s performed in The Phantom of the Opera, Nice Work If You Can Get It and On the Town, and was the dance captain in Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. Her mom was a Broadway performer as well, and Lee grew up training at the studio her mother owns, The Pennsylvania School of the Performing Arts, in Newtown, PA, and commuting back and forth from NYC to take class at Steps on Broadway during the day. By the time she was 14, Garcia-Lee was studying ballet seriously at North Carolina School of the Arts. These days, the 26-year-old is performing in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
You’re first and foremost a passionate human being. Keep that endless fire burning. Never stifle the passion you have in your heart and soul. You’re so driven and you never let anyone stand in the way of what you want. Never, ever lose that tenacity. It’s one of the things I adore most about you.
You don’t know exactly where you’re going to land yet, but know that what is meant for you will not pass you by. You love to dance, sing and act, and, most importantly, you love to work. Keep loving the work and the process; always be a student and seek to better yourself as a person and an artist. If I ask you to trust that it’s going to be even better than you imagined, take a chance
and believe me. Trust that the universe is conspiring for your greater good at all times.
Garcia-Lee as a young dancer (courtesy Garcia-Lee)