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Sydney Boston is a young adult who’s certainly viewed as an influencer. Honor student. Check. Hard worker. Check. And filled with determination. Check. And, she knows education opens the pathway as she presses forward toward success.

Having just completed a summer program at Savannah College of Art and Design where she plans to enroll after high school graduation, Boston has learned to be extremely resourceful. The youngest of three siblings, she’s artsy and unique, and she sought out SCAD as the best college to meet her interests. She admits the program was intense and actually strengthened her determination to reach her goals. There’s no age limit on finding or following your passion.

Here, Boston shares her budding insight.

Tell us about your summer program at SCAD.
Participating in the summer programs gave me exposure to the entertainment industry. I’ve worked on animation, film and television production, mixed media painting, digital game design, and aesthetics of digital photography. I recently completed Communications 101 and Film 101 for college credit.

What would you like to be when you grow up?
Ever since I was little, I wanted to do something in the film industry. I figured out that I couldn’t act so the next best thing was a director and/or producer.

What advice did you receive from actors Derek “Fonzworth” Bentley and Darrin Henson?
They told me not to ever give up and not to let others deter me from my dreams [and] that I am responsible for my own destiny.

What are you doing to prepare yourself for college?
I’ve started doing college tours and taking all of my standardized tests. With the programs at SCAD, it has also helped me prepare mentally.

How do you know that you have the necessary talent to work in the entertainment industry?
I don’t. But, that will not stop me from going after my dreams and doing what I want to do.

What’s your process like in making good grades and exploring your creative part of your being?
You just have to learn how to balance it all; it’s hard though. There are nights where I stay after school to finish projects and don’t finish my homework until 2:00 in the morning.

What is it about you that stands out from your peers?
I have a very driven and humorous personality that can add a little bit more life into any setting.

What do you do to let your parents know how much you appreciate their love and support?
I try to do small things to help out around the house so they don’t have to worry about it. During their birthdays, I try to have enough money saved up to get them a gift or two.

Yvette Caslin

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  • ‘Toni Simmons Henson

    Great article!