£1,160.00raised of £30,000.00 goal goal
“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” —Dolly Parton
Life is challenging. As said, nothing that is worth it comes easy and trust me nothing about this journey has been easy.
For the past twenty years I’ve known that my life’s passion is and always will be music.
My name is Nathalie Alain and I come from Egypt. This journey started when I was six years old.
Growing up, I participated in various music activities for children at school, like piano, choir, and solo singing. A few years in, it was quite clear that my passion was for performing, which lead to the start of my vocal training alongside piano lessons. Ever since music has become a huge part of my life and part of who I am.
Striving to reach my goals, I had to provide for myself seeing that my parents are retired, and I had to move out, as difficult as that is for a single middle eastern woman to do. Nevertheless, I never regretted any of it. This experience taught me so much and has given me the chance to participate in cutting-edge projects and performances which also allowed me to meet some of the greatest mentors and musicians who inspired me to become a professional performer myself.
Working on achieving this goal has led to some significant performances, including but not limited to; a lead role in the first Arabic-translated “Magic Flute” performance in January 2011, performing with the 2011 American Idol semi-finalist in Egypt in 2012, one of the lead roles as the Witch in the first Arabic original musical “Leila” in 2017, not to mention winning the “Sing Egyptian Women” competition organized by the American Embassy, where over 600 participants took part. It enabled me to travel to the US and record my first single as a 20-year-old.
Over the course of years, I have also attended several acting and dancing workshops that helped me gain further knowledge in both areas. On top of that, I got the chance to delve into the world of voice acting, when I started casting for Arabic dubbing roles in famous studios and landed several roles in Disney and Netflix animated movies such as “Moana”, “Wreck-it Ralph”, “Jingle Jangle”, “Vivo”, “Encanto”, “Lady and Tramp” among others.
The life-changing highlights for me were back in 2007 when I was able to participate in a project called “Broadway comes to Egypt” that was arranged by the Cairo Opera House, the start of my musical theatre journey and the birth of my love for performing.
Joining the Egyptian Musical Theater company "Fabrica" in 2013 was my next step, as I was able to participate, both as an ensemble member and lead, in some of “Fabrica’s” major productions. This helped me explore more than just the performing side of musical theater, it helped me guide younger generations vocally, choreographing some dance numbers, planning props, costumes, makeup, and set designs.
At the end of 2017, I faced one of the most challenging experiences, where I was diagnosed with Vocal cord nodules. Part of the treatment was to completely stay silent for more than 30 days, which has taught me great things in terms of patients, heightening my other senses, and a lot more. But the most important lesson of them all was how persistent I was to recover and get back on stage to do the thing I love the most, being a performer.
It has always been my dream to get a proper education in musical theatre. Last year I decided to finally take the step of applying to several universities hoping to get accepted. Getting accepted into three universities, one of which some of the biggest people in the scene have graduated from was proof that I am of standard in one of the best countries of musical theatre. As the first Egyptian to get accepted into Mountview I was hoping to realize my dream.
Your support will help me cover a big part of the school tuition fees and living expenses. I will be forever grateful to everyone who supports me financially or emotionally on this journey.
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