Don’t stop believing: Hobson girl shares future plans

By: 
CHRISTINA CLINTON
News-Argus Staff

Hobson in the Hizzouse: Christina Eike takes a bite out of The Big Apple.
Photos courtesy of Mandy Eike

She may be “just a small town girl,” but Christina Eike is taking that “midnight train” everywhere. From straight out of Hobson, this quadruple-threat talent is taking her Central Montana tenacity to the Big Apple and beyond. Dancing, acting, drawing and singing since the tender age of 8, Christina’s interest in the Arts includes just about every aspect of entertainment, from drawing and writing to film.
Now 16, Christina’s already taken Carnegie Hall by storm, winning one of the coveted solo slots offered by Deke Sharon, music producer of the movies “Pitch Perfect” and “Pitch Perfect 2.”
“It was a really cool experience,” Christina said. “It’s Carnegie Hall.”
In addition, she aced the Montana State Music Festival in Billings earlier this year with her rendition of “Il Mio Bel Foco” by Benedetto Marcello, coming in just one point shy of a perfect score, an achievement Christina notes as being very difficult to do.
“It was a very good opportunity, and ‘Il mio bel foco’ is a college-level piece, a beautiful piece, and I connected with it a lot.”
Christina says one of the reasons she enjoys participating in the music festivals is because she loves to “share what I can do with different people.”
This summer, Christina has elected to take a break from her musical pursuits to work on other projects, such as her in-progress young adult science fiction novel. She’s contemplating creating a short film of its first chapter for her YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/Mandy1257), a channel that showcases many of her auditions and performances.
“I enjoy sharing the small world in my brain with the rest of the world at large,” she said.
Christina’s future plans include debating the pros and cons of attending either UCLA in California or Julliard in New York City, in order to obtain an excellent education while pursuing her career in the Arts. Ideally, she would like to major in film production with a minor in music production, an idea born after meeting Mike Hausman, a movie producer in New York City.
Her advice to budding artists and entertainers – especially those feeling restricted by living in small towns – is simple: “Never give up.” Christina adds, “In a small town, it’s difficult because opportunities won’t come to you; you have to go out for them, build connections with people. Connections are very important. [Having aspirations in the Arts] is considered foreign in a small town. You have to fight because anything is possible if you don’t give up.”

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