Hi girlies! My name is Susana but you may know me by my stage name Sol! I’m an aspiring singer! I want to be just like my mom. She’s my hero. She was a famous Latina pop star in the 80s! You may say they’re big shoes to fill! Speaking of shoes, I LOVE shoes. Flats, heels, boots, sandals, you name it, I love them! I have them displayed like art around my room. Come on, shoes are totally art! I also have a fabulous collection of hats. One can’t be an aspiring pop star without some really cool hats to hide from the paparazzi! Am I right? But even more than all of my accessories, I love singing and dancing. I’m happiest when I’m in the studio recording my music! It helps me express myself and let out all the stress.

Even though I love being in this industry, the pressures of the music business can get to a teen girl sometimes. It may look fabulous but it’s really hard to put yourself out there. Every song, every tweet, every vlog post says “Hello world! It’s me! Are you going to love me? Or hate me?” And some people can be really mean, especially when they feel safe behind their computer screens. I thrive on doing what makes me happy and sharing that with others while internet trolls thrive on tearing other people down. I don’t get the point of making mean comments or bullying someone online. To say hurtful things may take just a click of a finger but the effects last much longer.
The other day I was out shopping with my friend Shachi. We were having the best girls day! The weather was beautiful, my iced latte was on point and the pair of shoes I’ve had my eye on were on sale 🙂 🙂 Everything was perfect! I was waiting for Shachi outside of the arts supply store when all of a sudden my phone started ringing like crazy in my bag. Ding ding ding ding ding! One after the other, notifications started to flood my phone. A pic I posted earlier from my concert rehearsal was completely blowing up. This one girl kept saying nasty stuff in the comments section. My heart completely sank and my appetite for shopping totally disappeared. All I wanted to do was crawl into my bed with my pup Monroe and escape.

Then Shachi came out of the store. She’s got this awesome look -the purple ends of her hair, the threatening spikes on her shoes and her red skateboard sticking out of her backpack. She walks so confidently, not caring what anyone thinks about her. As an artist she invites people to critique her every day, just like me. “Girl! Loving the new photo,” she said flashing her phone screen at me. “You’re killin it!” She high fived me. Her confidence recharged my own. That’s the thing about my squad- we’re not into letting other people get us down! We’re into living life the way that makes us happy. And we’re definitely not into wasting time on negativity. Bye haters 😉 –Sol

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