It’s sad when, for teens so young, the dream deferred becomes the dream denied.
Many Boston teens are multi-talented -- singing, dancing, drawing, shooting photographs or basketballs-- but find that life gets in the way of them turning their artistic and athletic gifts into future careers.
It is the opposite of all those making unrealistically loud noises about becoming the next superstar in this or that.Ariel Hector, 16, does Spanish and hip-hop dancing but doesn’t expect to turn her moves into a profession. “I don’t see myself dancing to benefit my life,” says Hector, who goes to Brighton High School. Louis Brantley, 18, is a poet and rapper. Music remains important to him, he says, but he knows he needs to focus on everyday tasks like doing well in school and trying the more practical route of becoming a music- video producer. “Dreams of an unbeliever, soon to be an achiever,” says Brantley, from Dorchester. Anthony Berry, 13, from Jamaica Plain, is a basketballer but he realizes he won’t be dribbling his way into the NBA. He doesn’t want the travel and to be far from home. “My family over all things,” he says.