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Review for Get Lit Words Ignite, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Get Lit - Words Ignite absolutely changed the entire course of my life.

I met Get Lit when I was just 18 years old, when I auditioned to become a Get Lit Player. The Get Lit Players are a traveling troupe of poets who go around schools in the greater Los Angeles School District and beyond to perform poetry, speak about their lives, and get kids excited about literature and literacy. I, thankfully, made the team, and little did I know, it would change everything about my world.

I started getting paid to perform my poetry in front of hundreds of people, was flown out to New York to see the last night of Hamilton with the original cast, and as a result, now work in non-profit development, as well as teaching and performance artist work.

If I had never met Get Lit, I have no idea who I would be as a person, or what I would be doing. Get Lit helped me find my voice, and made me aware that I even had one. And after helping me find it, Get Lit also helped me amplify my voice by offering support spaces and platforms for voices like mine to speak.

Growing up in an Asian American household, I did not get a lot of reinforcement to speak my mind or talk about how I feel. My expression was repressed. Get Lit feels like coming up for air when you've been holding your breath underwater.

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