Meet Amanda Silcoff
“It’s so important to remember that everyone is on their own journey, and that the only person you should be competing with is yourself.”
Standing in front of a crowd of five hundred people could cause even the bravest of us to break out into a sweat.
That moment on stage, however, is when Amanda Silcoff feels most comfortable.
“I feel completely fearless, excited, and alive.”
Music has always been a huge part of Amanda’s life. Singing and playing the piano made her feel at home.
After high school, Amanda made a decision to pursue performing professionally. “Knowing that my friends were pursuing more secure career paths, and that I was taking a risk was scary for me. Only a few of my peers pursued a career in the arts.”
Now, Amanda has learned to channel her unique passion into her biggest strength. “One of the most important lessons I learned was owning my sense of self.”
Being an artist is about continuous learning and growth. Amanda has found that the best way to learn is to set goals for herself. “It’s so important to remember that everyone is on their own journey, and that the only person you should be competing with is yourself.”
“Anytime I walk into an audition room, I give myself one small goal that I know is attainable. For example, if my goal is to be really present in the moment,I can walk out of that room regardless of whether I get the role or not, and still be happy that I accomplished my goal. This is how I track my personal success, and ultimately stay grounded in my work.”
Amanda knows that she stands with a strong history of Jewish performers behind her. “I feel tremendous pride working in an industry where people of my culture and background have thrived so much. I want to keep that tradition alive.”
Amanda is committed to pursuing her passion and thrives off of doing what she loves most. “My motto is just do what you love, and be the best possible version of yourself. Own who you are and the talent you’ve been given, and don’t be afraid to hone your craft and shine.”
Amanda Silcoff grew up in Toronto and participated in youth training groups and community theatre productions outside of school. She went to Sheridan College for the Honours Bachelors of Music Theatre Performance Program and was recently featured in the Toronto Fringe Festival. She is now performing in a touring production of Grease. Amanda hopes to continue to grow as an artist and inspire others to reach for the stars in anything they do.
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Written by: Adina Samuels