The Legend of Zelda has played a huge role in my life, especially when I was a pre-teen. It was around this time that I started exploring my love for video games, and I realized how much of an impact Nintendo games had on my upbringing. Even at a young age, I remember looking at video games and being blown away by the amount of creativity it took to create such a beautiful story. Video games became one of my favorite forms of storytelling, along with my collection of manga and Buffy the Vampire Slayer books on my shelf.

I fell deeply in love with the tales being told on my Nintendo DS screen, and that has shaped the way that I see the gaming world.

I remember playing Majora’s Mask on the Nintendo 64 and becoming so inspired by how engaging Link’s struggle to save Termina in 72 hours. I found the plot to be so riveting, which kept me coming back to play through the game multiple times. As more Zelda games were released, I was constantly impressed with the worlds that were being created. These games even started to inspire to write my own music and record my first original recordings.

The creativity it takes to create such a wonderful and immersive world within a franchise will never cease to amaze me.

Video games are more than mindless violence and stereotypes, and I wish others would see the beautiful stories and themes being constantly portrayed. Video games have helped me through some of the toughest times, and have encouraged me to embrace my passions for music and voice acting. Due to my love for video games, I have followed my dreams of singing and voice acting, and I’ve met some of the most incredible people that push me to my potential. I’m so grateful that Zelda was there to inspire me when I was younger, because that inspiration has helped create the person that I am today.