Dreams, goals, and wishes are a part of our childhood. For some, they are a part of their childhood and nothing more. For Lindsay Davis, they remained a part of her life, and all of her dreams became a reality. Lindsay always dreamed of making it big as a kid, and through her hard work and dedication, she has done just that. From being in TV, movies, and being crowned Miss Ohio United States 2011, Lindsay Davis, has accomplished a lot already in her life. I have a feeling that you will be seeing a whole lot of Lindsay in the future.
Justin Marroquin: How did you know at such a young age what you wanted to do in life?
Lindsay Davis: To be honest, I knew I wanted to be a ballerina, but all the acting came second to that. I’ve just always been very interested in the arts in general. I think I drove my Mom crazy dancing all the time. She tried to put me into sports, but I hear stories of me pirouetting on third base and singing to a tree. Her next endeavor was having me audition for a musical. I ended up playing a “munchkin” in the Wizard of Oz. I thought acting was incredible. I could combine my love of dancing, and I could play “make-believe” professionally. I dragged my mom to every Broadway show that came through town (in addition to ballets), I even started writing, producing, and starring in shows in my backyard that we used shower curtains for our “stage curtain” and donated to proceeds to the Lakewood animal shelter. That’s just my personality. If I attempt something, I want to be my best at it. I give it my all, submerge myself in it, and don’t quit until I reach my goal. But as I grew older, I had to focus all of my time on one thing if I was going to reach the top, and I chose dancing. I was very sure that was going to be my life after high school, and I worked very hard at it.
JM: What got you interested in wanting to be a ballerina?
LD: I actually started when I was very young. My Grandpa had Parkinson’s disease, and I would play cassette tapes for him of Nat King Cole and Billie Holiday, and make up dances. My mom entered me into my first class when I was three, and it was love at first sight for me.
JM: Describe what you went through when you were diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy?
LD: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is a heart disease that causes your heart to be extra thick in the center at whats called the septum that divides the chambers of the heart. Due to this, your heart isn’t able to fill with enough blood and can cause you to pass out. Unfortunately it is life threatening, especially for athletes (you hear about it often on the news where an athlete will randomly drop dead). At the level I was pursuing dance, I was at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. My doctor asked me to quit dance, and I did. It wasn’t easy for me. I would compare it to losing your best friend. Through the years I’ve had surgeries and control it through medication. I will always have it. However, through the years I’ve also gained the knowledge that everything happens for a reason. One of my favorite quotes is “Sometimes on the way to a dream, you get lost and find a better one” I’m glad my life has gone the way that it has. I also feel that God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers, and I feel that some good has come of me having HCM and maybe that’s why I have it.
LD: When I was looking for a way to channel my creativity after being diagnosed with HCM, modeling was one of the activities I fell into. I was out in LA a lot, and people kept asking me to do shoots and it just progressed from there. In a way, I think modeling and acting go hand in hand. For each shot you need to portray a character or convey an emotion, so it was a natural pairing.
JM: Tell me about the organization you founded hearts 4 hearts?
LD: Since working in the industry and being open about my HCM, and especially since winning Miss Ohio, I’ve had a lot of young people with HCM and other conditions email me and ask me for advice, or just wanting friend that deals with the same type of tribulation they have from being diagnosed with a debilitating heart condition. I started to see a need for a peer support network. When you think of heart disease, you don’t typically think of young people you think of grandparents. So it’s nice for these kids to know they’re not alone in the world with their issues, like not being able to participate in gym class and sports, or explaining to their boyfriend or girlfriend why they have a pacemaker sticking out their homecoming dress, or not being able to drink a beer on their 21st. Just the little things most people take for granted that these kids feel alienated from their peers. Beyond my own organization, I work with other cardiac related organizations to bring awareness to heart health, and I’m working to help legislate a law to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in student athletes.
JM: What was your experience like becoming Miss Ohio United States 2011?
LD: I never went into the pageant world wanting to win a “crown” I went in wanting to spread awareness for causes I believed in. I think a lot of girls enter for the wrong reason, for the recognition involved, they just want to be the girl throwing the first pitch at an MLB game, or posting selfies in their crown. It’s much more than winning a pageant, it’s the chance to be a role model, the chance to show your heart to the world and do some good. I was really blessed to have worked with a lot of amazing charities in that time that I still work with, and I was really blessed to have had that platform to speak out about HCM, and to all girls with disabilities in general. That you can accomplish great things if you put your mind to it, even if you have something that would otherwise hold you back.
LD: I’ve learned that nothing at all comes from negativity except wasted time thinking of it. I try to look for the good in all situations and people. We can complain because a rose-bush has thorns, or we can rejoice because the thorn bushes have roses.
JM: You have a very strong mindset. How did you develop that?
LD: I think I get it from my Grandma, honestly. I’m just a person who doesn’t give up, and gives everything I have. I’m big on setting goals and will not deter from their path until I’ve reached them.
JM: What would be your advice to people on how to accomplish their dreams and goals?
LD: Persistence is key. Don’t ever let anything stand in the way of something you want. I feel like too often people see bad things that happen to them in life as road blocks along the way to their goal. The key is reformatting how you look at them, and changing them to only bumps in the road you can drive right over on your way to your goal.
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