Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 24th 2015 Contents I RAN THE T&T International Marathon Relay last
weekend. Notice I said I ran the RELAY, not the whole
thing. On my own, I certainly can't finish a marathon;
but with my fellow Pink Butterflies, oh, Yes I Can.
It was a cool, breezy morning, and I did a lot of thinking
as I trotted along. I thought about the camaraderie that
surrounded me: the teams selflessly cheering on other
teams; the strangers who lined the road to shout en-
couragement at the runners: "Good job! Keep going!
You can do it!"; even the few who came out to throw a
little picong: "Don't worry baby, I right behind you! I go
catch up with you just now!"
When people are cheering you on, urging you to suc-
ceed, you can't slow down. When people shout, "Good
job! Almost there!" you know you have to represent. So
you double down and run faster.
As it is with sport, so it is in life. I hope all of us truly
understand and appreciate how amazing it is to have a
cheerleading team, a posse, people who are in your cor-
ner. I thought about the fact that at no time in my life
have I ever felt unsupported, unencouraged, or unloved.
I may not have taken many stumbles in my life, but
when I did, even when I was in free fall, I always knew
there were loving hands below, waiting to catch me.
From my Yes She Can team to my family, my small cir-
cle of friends and my children, I know I have cheerlead-
ers, people who will stand on the sidelines and shout,
"Keep going! Don't slow down!" There are even those
who will run alongside me to keep my courage up, even
if it's not their leg of the race. (Thanks, André Collins.)
Thank your cheerleaders ... and have a great day.
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| FROM THE EDITOR |
QUOTE OF THE WEEK "Women, like men, should try to do the impossible.
And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others." Amelia Earhart
(continued from Page 3)
However, being a woman competing against the men in the indus-
try is one of the biggest challenges Patrice faces. "People still em-
brace me as a solo artiste, but now, the fight is even stronger." The
singer and songwriter, who might have been a flight attendant or
chef if she had chosen another path, has a unique sound that can
be described as a mixture of Calypso Rose ... and Patrice.
Amidst all the shyness, Patrice has mastered the art of taking
command of the stage while capturing her audiences with a
smooth confidence that any artiste in the business should have.
Coming out from a superb performance in the International Soca
Monarch Semi-finals with the song 'Money Done', written by
Problem Child and produced by Fryktion, and which has been mak-
ing it's round on the airwaves, Patrice is excited and ready to take
on the next phase of the competition.
However, elaborating more on her now solo career, Patrice de-
scribes some of the pressures that come from doing it alone. "The
moment you don't have a hit song, that is it; you do not work and
you do nothing. Before, artistes would get booked because of their
repertoire of songs, but now you must have a hit every single
year." However, there are positives to the job. For her, travelling ---
to places like Europe ---, meeting fans and inspiring people are
what makes it invaluable to her.
As she closed her eyes to apply the finishing touches of her
makeup, the passion of her work, pleasing her fans and being hurt
filled the room. "I am only human and I love my fans," she says,
"but when I read some of the negative comments fans and people
in general write, it hurts me a lot, because I am all about my fans."
Her life lesson of 'never trusting anyone or never putting your faith
and hope in everyone' was also one of her utterances, when she
commented on her life's work.
When asked if she feels cheated not having a family, Patrice sim-
ply smiled and explained that music and singing are her life, and
in due time, once the heavenly Father is ready, she will have that
family. But for now she is on a mission: to be internationally
known, in less than five years. "This is definitely one of the things
left to be accomplished", she adds.
To get to know more about Patrice, you can follow her on:
Instagram @ patriceroberts1 - Facebook @ patricermusic and Twit-
ter @ patricermusic.
Or you can look out for her at these upcoming fetes:
• Battle of the Sexes
• Point Fortin
• Live at Hyatt
• Children's Show in Point Fortin
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