Coleman Toomey, 17, of Tolland, is passionate about theater and art but understands that it is a very competitive industry.
So, Toomey is attending C-HIT’s journalism program not only because they are interested in the storytelling aspect, but also to see if this is something they can see themselves studying in college.
As of now, musical theater is what Toomey, who uses they/them pronouns, is most interested in, though artistically Toomey sometimes feels like they are pulled in a lot of different directions because of how many different things they enjoy.
Toomey, who lives with their mother and sister, aspires to be proficient in various areas of English due to the competitive nature of the theater industry. “I don’t want to be a waiter for the rest of my life,” Toomey says. “I don’t want to be in this situation where I’m like, “Oh! I’m just waiting for something to happen that will never happen.”
Toomey is a practical person so though they are most passionate about theater and art, they are aware that it is very inaccessible. They want to have options so that they can still have a sustainable career and income while doing something that has the type of writing that they enjoy.
Toomey wants to be able to provide for themselves but still be able to tell stories that resonate with others. Journalism has that type of writing that Toomey can see themselves doing.
Even though musical theater is what Toomey is most passionate about right now, they know that they want to write at some point because it would help them sustain a career and income.
Karen Benavidez is a student at Achievement First Amistad High School, New Haven.