CHAS­ING FAME

CBS Soaps In Depth - - Days of our Lives -

Ciara’s por­trayer wasn’t one of those kids who had to be home­schooled in or­der to pur­sue their dreams. Rather, she at­tended the renowned Fiorello H. La­guardia High School Of Mu­sic & Art And Per­form­ing Arts, where her tal­ents were both en­cour­aged and cel­e­brated. “I hate the idea that the ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem in Amer­ica sti­fles cre­ativ­ity,” she ad­mits. “I’m very blessed to have gone there.” Amongst her fa­vorite ex­pe­ri­ences was be­ing taught by ac­tress Ally Sheedy. “She came to the school, fell in love with us and vol­un­teered to teach,” Kone­fal re­veals. “She was in The Break­fast Club, for cry­ing out loud! Oh my gosh!” While the young woman learned many valu­able things there, one piece of ad­vice from a fresh­manyear in­struc­tor stuck with her most: “‘Move like a blade of grass.’ To me, that meant, ‘Stay grounded, but move with the wind and roll with the punches,’” Kone­fal ex­plains. “That’s how I ap­proach act­ing.”

Cre­ativ­ity was en­cour­aged at Kone­fal’s per­form­ing-arts high school.

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