DISCOVERY BAY -- Inspired after learning about Rachel's Challenge in school, a Discovery Bay teen is now reaping the benefits with her first YouTube video going viral. Hannah Rose, 13, had never written a song before, but she had a great idea and was hoping that with the help of people who knew how to write some of the words and music, she could send a message that would help others her own age.
"I wanted to make my own song and my own video and I remembered learning about Rachel's Challenge and learning about starting a chain reaction, and knew that would make a good song and video," Rose said.
Rachel's Challenge is an anti-bullying campaign, which was inspired by the writings and life of 17 year-old Rachel Scott who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999. Through her personal writings, Rachel's parents developed a program to help other children and adults when dealing with bullying and other issues.
From Rachel's inspiration, Rose came up with the idea for her song "The Perfect You."
With lyrics like "I'm the perfect me, you're the perfect you," "Be strong and confident," "Be proud of who you are" and "Never sway from who you are," Rose hopes that she can convince people that they are perfect just the just way they are.
After just two weeks "The Perfect You," playing on YouTube, has more than 200,000 views.
The video was made with the help of Patrice Wilson of PMW Live, a company that helps undiscovered artists create videos and music.
"At first it was a little scary," Rose said. "We were really worried it wasn't going to come out right and we didn't want it to turn viral for the wrong reason."
The video gave Rose the chance to dance and sing. One of Rose's top goals is to some day star on Broadway.
"I hope this is something that I can use in my resume," she said.
Even so, over the last week or so some of the comments on the YouTube site were less than positive, according to Ginger Rose, Hannah's mother. It didn't bother her daughter, though.
"Hannah doesn't read the comments because she wants to stay positive," Ginger Rose said. "Hannah is really a good girl and is busy trying to make her dreams come true."
A couple of years ago Rose began attending a school of performing arts in Oakland. Her mother said she is so dedicated that she gets up at 5 a.m. to go to school.
"Hannah loves to be on stage," Ginger Rose said. "She sees all this as a steppingstone."
While Rose had the chance to share her ideas for this music video, she doesn't know how to write music as of yet. She's hoping to learn that in the future so she can write her own song from start to finish next time.
"I want to write more songs like this to help people to realize that everybody should be able to be just who they are," Rose said.
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