Audrianne Speidel – Pennsylvania Interview by Inspiring Teens Nomination by Heidi Anne Speidel Photography by Lisha Lee Photography Issue 41 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Devotion to others through leadership and positive role modeling is Audrianne Speidel. She aspires to bring joy to all and approaches every experience as growth and learning. Audrianne is French NHS & Interact President, FBLA Regional/State champion, in Art NHS, NHS, SADD, Cheer, Dance, and Girl Scouts. Audrianne is a vocalist and instrumentalist, volunteers with Bolivar VFC, works at Ligonier Paws on Main, is a ModelWeek Pittsburgh ambassador, BAA alumni, and will receive her LVHS diploma and an Associate degree, June 2021. Audrianne has a beautiful soul, inside and out, and inspires many with her genuine heart of gold.
Photography by Heidi Anne Speidel
Tell us about your passion towards the arts, performing arts and theater. The arts have always been a huge part of my life. From early childhood, I always loved musicals and performers, and wanted to be on the stage or in the movie with them. I started dance at the age of 2, which then exposed me to a whole new aspect of the arts. I have gained so much appreciation toward those who pursue a career in the arts. So much, that I want to also pursue a career in that field. Unlike most theatrical performers, I didn’t participate in shows from a young age, focusing on my dance training instead. When I did begin working in the theater, I knew: that’s what I want to do for the rest of my life. The arts are also very underfunded and unappreciated, especially in my area. There are not many opportunities to pursue training or performance opportunities unless you want to travel. I am very lucky to have a mom who is up for weekend trips to New York City, where I do the bulk of my training. The pandemic has cancelled many of my trainings but has given me more opportunities to do Zoom classes with some incredible artists.
What are your highest accomplishments/what are you most proud of from each? One of my greatest accomplishments is placing 5th overall in Publication Design at the FBLA Virtual Pennsylvania State Leadership Conference in April of 2020. Digital media and publication has always been something I was interested in, but I took the leap this past year to compete in the event. I placed 1st overall at our Regional Leadership Conference in December 2019 to my shock, as I was in fierce competition with people who work on digital media for their education. Being able to compete at the state level, and then to place in the top 5, was a complete shock to me and I hope to continue that streak in this year’s competition.
Photography by Lisha Lee Photography
What are your goals for 2021 with each and how do you think Covid will affect them? Some of my goals for 2021 vary from getting to work with more Broadway professionals and growing as a performer, to growing as a person, and of course graduating from high school and leaving home. Covid has really changed how I run my life. I have always been such a Type A personality, planning everything out to a T. During this everchanging time, I have begun to relax into my choices and have the outlook of “everything happens for a reason”. So even though so much of my junior and now senior years have either been cancelled, postponed, or changed drastically, I appreciate the little things that we can still do, and hope for the best in the future.
Tell us about Bolivar VFC and Indiana County Miracle League. What are they, what are your roles in each, and what do you love most about being involved in each?
Bolivar VFC is our local fire company, where my dad is actually chief. I have grown up there, helping my mom, who runs the kitchen and assist with all the fundraisers throughout my life. I joined as an inactive member at 14, continuing in my parents’ footsteps. I have always loved helping in the kitchen before events, making sure everything is just right with my mom before the doors open and all the people come rushing in.
Indiana County Miracle League holds a special place in my heart. They approached me back in 2018 to begin singing the National Anthem for them, which I happily accepted. The Miracle League is the County’s baseball team for those with disabilities, through the Pittsburgh Pirates Foundation. Every time I sing it never fails to put a smile on my face getting to see everyone have so much fun doing something they love to do.
Photography by Lisha Lee Photography
What legacy do you hope to leave behind this year? I would say that the legacy I would like to leave behind this year is just to be yourself and follow your dreams, no matter what people say. 2020 has been a rough year for everyone, but it has been a great period of learning who we are as people. The big things that were cancelled led the way for smaller, more meaningful occasions, which will matter more in the long run!
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? Never give up and keep following your dreams. There may be times where everything around you seems to be against you, but it will get better and you will overcome. And the person you become will be even greater than the one before.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans? In 5 years, I hope to be working in New York City, on Broadway, or travelling the country on a Broadway National Tour!
3 Things on your bucket list Travel as much as humanly possible, Lead a Broadway show (and maybe win a Tony Award for it), and be the best version of me I possibly can
How do you keep your schedule straight when you are so busy? A lot of time management and planning in advance. When Spring rolls around (my busiest time of year on a normal year), I always make sure I have everything mapped out in my planner and phone so I don’t forget someone or something.
Look for Audrianne in issue 41 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!