The opera called for my character, "The Old Lady," to leap into the arms of six men, who would then stagger around to audience laughter. It was my last year at Westminster Choir College, I weighed nearly 300 pounds, and I was terrified that they'd drop me or I'd hurt them. It went fine, but I was so embarrassed.
Years of struggle
My unhappiness about my weight wasn't new -- my first time at Weight Watchers, I was 8 (they don't allow such young children anymore). Although I was the youngest one there, it felt more comfortable than school, where kids tormented me to no end. My mom tried to help: She'd say, "Just eat what I eat." But she could have small helpings at dinner and a bite of dessert. I couldn't.
I got heavier and heavier and continued to be teased through middle school and high school. Early in college, I reined in my portions and dropped 60 pounds, but when I fell in love with singing,Read More »from From Chorus Girl to Leading Lady: Meet the Opera Singer Who Lost 150 Pounds