Local entertainer triumphs over stage anxiety



AUGUST. AG (WJBF) – Stage anxiety is a barrier that some people struggle to overcome, but for Tarika Holland, a local performing artist, being on stage is where she feels alive.

“I’ve been through a lot of struggles when it comes to bullying and people teasing me and things like that. It was a lot to overcome and overcome in high school. My love for art has surpassed all of that, ”said Holland.

Holland’s passion for dance and poetry allowed him to express himself in ways that other avenues could not.

“It just gives me a different way to express whatever I need to express or tell any story that needs to be heard,” Holland said.

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Where there is smoke there is fire and Holland’s early childhood sparked a surge in her heart for the fine art.

“Well, I feel like art has always been a part of my life, especially in my childhood. I remember very early on dancing to music from the early 2000s on the radio. Even in elementary school, I took art lessons. I loved books and things like that when I was a kid, so it’s always been a part of my life, ”said Holland.

With Holland’s childhood laying the groundwork, the fact that she was a student at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School was the catalyst for her longing for performance art.

“I just didn’t know it was called art like it was a formal thing and people did, and then I auditioned for the Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School. I was inspired to audition after seeing the Black History Show and it was like a whole new world was opening up, ”Holland said.

Photo courtesy of: Christopher Shipman

This door to a different world not only exposed Holland to different ways of expressing herself, but it led her to make some tough decisions.

“I had to make sacrifices to train outside of school, you know. I didn’t have the luxury or privilege of taking classes outside of school or taking this trip. It’s like you’re on this trip or taking the classes and I’ve always chosen my art because it’s what I wanted and it’s what I love the most, ”said Holland.

Even though sacrifices were made, Holland had to go through a few days that required some self-reflection.

“I started doing it for myself and for my love, my passion rather than doing it because I wanted to impress this teacher or I wanted to impress these students. Or, even people tell you that you can’t and they doubt you. Sometimes that’s your reasoning, but once I really started doing it for myself and for the sake of it and to inspire others, I think that’s where it became a little easier, ”said Holland.

Holland learned that being on stage can make you face your fears or give in.

“You forget everything that’s going on in the real world and you are able to tell those stories and even connect with the audience,” Holland said.

Holland’s childhood and art classes laid the groundwork, but following a successful performing artist is the model.

“FKA TWIGS. She is a musician, a dancer. She does a bit of everything. When I was younger, especially in middle or early high school, I felt more comfortable with my style, the way I move, and even my artistry and appearance. I was introduced to him by one of my classmates and I had never felt so understood and seen. I felt like it was good that I was moving this way. I’ve never seen someone I can relate to like that, ”Holland said.

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