Sunday, March 18, 2012

Rockettes, Rockstars, and Rockbottom

  rockettes, rockstars, and rockbottom (2nd edition)
by keltie colleen

how might you know keltie?
she's danced for beyonce, taylor swift, starred in 'peep show' with mel b, besties with christina perri

what will you learn from keltie?
what it really feels like to follow your dreams.

Keltie Colleen packed up her Canadian small-town life and headed to New York with $500 and a dream. She was going to be a dancer. This is her story, her own words, of that dream coming true. Not in the Hollywood movie sense but in the hard work, determination, a hell of a lot of tears, rejection and heart-ache sense. The real account of what it is like to have no connections but still go-for-it anyway. There are very few people who can say that they have truly had a dream come true; Keltie made hers come true, which for me, made her story such a compelling read. No, I'm not a dancer, but the stories she shared about her time in New York are stories of resilience and passion; of going from nothing to something.

One of the hardest things I ever had to learn in life is that the things I love won't always love me back. It is heartbreaking. It is disappointing. But I have learned that this is just the way it is. Sometimes we have to get sad and cry and then the next day we have to put on our combat boots of life and stomp through the best we can. We can't get disappointed when the world doesn't give us what we gave it.

Keltie's story is split into three parts; told from the perspective of her most recent heartbreak she recounts the three most significant loves of her life. Balancing a demanding career inbetween her obsession with rocker boys with skinny jeans. It is impossible not to catch Keltie's enthusiasm, her passion, the girl has been through the ringer and still believes in love at the end of it all. Still has space in her heart to pick up where she left off and carry on, despite it all.

But no matter what I did or accomplished, I had to fake self-esteem. I put it on in the morning along with my make-up. I forced myself to act strong, confident, and in control. My heart and my head were constantly fighting. Sometimes my guts got involved. They couldn't agree on what I should do with my life, my career or my heart. I built too much to stand around and watch it all fall apart so I did what I always did - smiled, skipped and sucked it up.

As I said before, this isn't a story of the glitz and glamour of being a radio city Rockette, choreographing music videos, starring in shows in Las Vegas, dancing at the VMAs with Taylor Swift and Panic at the Disco, or even having several love songs written about you, being everyone's muse. It's real - it's the girl behind those songs which we sang, the girl who was lied to and belittled by show directors, the girl who no matter how tight money was carried on dancing, refusing to become a dancer / (something). Personally, I found the whole book inspiring, her words have a way of making you believe that with just as much hard work and heart ache that anyone's dreams, no matter how crazy, can come true. The honesty with which Keltie bears her soul is like no other memoir I have read. This is one book that I was unable to put down, except to make a cup of tea, and even then I was boiling the kettle and still reading!

the book is available to purchase in e-book format for only £3.33 from amazon - here! 
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