PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Getting your big break as a singer is hard to come by, but one local girl is getting her time in the spotlight in front of millions.
From a young age, Serina Rae had the dream of becoming a star.
"I started performing when I was nine-years-old. I actually did a talent show and I sang I will always love you by Whitney Houston and that's when I fell in love with performing and singing and ever since then I've been a performer," said Rae.
Now, after years of practicing and performing in her hometown of Panama City Beach, Rae said she finally got her break when she auditioned for the NBC show The Voice.
"So my family got me to audition in Nashville for the open call in January and I did that and since then I've had the opportunity to audition in front of producers and work with the voice and actually make it on the blind auditions," Rae said.
She described her audition in Nashville was nerve-racking.
"The open call auditions were huge. There were 50-thousand people and I waited in line for hours and got a 60-second audition," said Rae. "I was so jittery and nervous and I just collected myself and thought about the music and the sixty seconds went by in a flash."
Rae said shortly after the open call, she got a call from the producers inviting her out to the blind auditions in LA. There, she had the chance to sing in front of artists she said she's always looked up to.
"When I walked on stage and got to see all four chairs 15 feet away from me saying Blake, Jennifer, Miley, and Adam. It was just a shock honestly. It was like I was living in a dream," said Rae.
Rae said she feels blessed for the chance to follow her dream.
"Growing up I was a little less confident than I am now but going on the Voice really believe in myself that out of 50-thousand people, I was lucky enough to make it on the show and get to experience all this," Rae added.
None of the coaches hit the button on Rae, but they did give her advice for how to make herself even better.
"I feel that I've grown as an artist and as a person and I can't wait to see what the future holds," she said.
Rae said her best advice for anyone who has the same dream is to believe in yourself and never give up.
"I've auditioned for many shows in the past and got turned down, but I didn't give up. I kept auditioning and kept working on my craft and that's the biggest thing is never giving up," said Rae.