Student Spotlight: Amber Farago

Amber Farago was born for the mic. Fueled by ambition, drive, and talent, Farago is now only inches away from becoming a superstar.

From attending red carpets to recording demos for Carly Rae Jepsen, DBHS Senior Amber Farago, who goes by the stage name Amber Marie, seems to already be living the celebrity life. But her path to success didn’t fall into place overnight. It took years of dedication, hard work, and resilience to come to her present state.

Farago’s performing career began at age five. She danced at Showbiz Performing Arts Academy studio for a few years, where she competed and performed at various places throughout Southern California including Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland. It was during this time that she discovered her passion for singing.

At Showbiz Performing Arts Academy, her instructor noticed that Farago had talent and potential as a singer—potential that even Farago herself then was unaware of. Though she had no prior experience in singing, her instructor sent eight-year-old Farago on stage to sing a solo piece. With nothing but an eager crowd and a mic in front of her, Farago began to sing. Little did she know that this experience would change her life forever.

“That day, my entire family was shocked. Even I didn’t know I had that in me. When I came off stage, I had decided that this is what I wanted to do with my life… It’s crazy how far I’ve come in such a short time,” Farago recalled.

Farago then began to work with a private vocal coach to refine her voice. After switching between two vocal coaches, she finally decided to work with her current coach, Lydia Mouton, a former coach to Michael Jackson and current coach to Solange Knowles. A few years later, after countless rejections from different record labels, Farago was finally signed to Impact Entertainments Co.

Her love for performing didn’t end there. She auditioned for many roles for Disney Channel, including the role of Baily Puckett from “The Suite Life on Deck.” Even though she made it to the top 10 candidates for the role, Farago realized that her passion was music, not acting, and decided to pursue wholeheartedly her passions first.

Due to the hectic schedules, Farago’s life isn’t always glamorous. She has been in countless situations where she was forced to abandon school to report to the studio and is often not informed until the very last minute. Her chaotic schedule often demands her to make her career her top priority.

“Sometimes my manager will tell me to meet him at the studio immediately. [Even if] I’m in the middle of something and I have plans and I have to drop all of that. It doesn’t really upset me anymore, though, because when you look at the bigger picture, you have to know what your priorities are, and my number one priority right now is definitely my career,” Farago said.

She is currently working with Impact Entertainment Co. to release her new album, and music video for her song “You’re My…” in January. This new album will feature all of the songs Farago has co-written over the past year.

“I really want to inspire girls my age or even younger about life, love and friendship. I know I’ve gone through a lot of tough times myself, so I want to let them know that they’re not alone,” Farago said.

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