Growing up, Avril was a young woman of privilege and class.
But as she grew older, Avlina was left out in the cold.
She has never had to be the one telling her parents that her husband is cheating on her.
Her family has never asked her to wear a dress on the train.
In the days of the internet, Avlis was forced to keep a diary.
Her family has always been on her side, she said.
“My parents are really good people.
They helped me to learn to read and write, and I was really proud of that.”
She also learned to read in high school.
Avril’s mother, a teacher, was a native of India and the youngest of three children.
They moved to the United States when Avril and her siblings were children.
“It was very important to my parents, and they always had me in mind,” she said, referring to the two of them, who were both educated in New York City.
“I remember going to school and seeing a picture of my dad on my desk and thinking, ‘This is who I am.'”
As a child, Avlon was given to the arts and was encouraged to write songs.
But it was her desire to become a musician that landed her in the studio.
Avlis said her parents always told her to focus on her music.
“The only way to really succeed is to write a lot of music, and the only way that’s possible is to make a lot and listen to a lot,” she explained.
The process of learning to play the drums, the drums for the first time, the keys to playing guitar, was “very, very hard.”
“The more I learned, the harder it became to learn how to play.
It was really hard, and my parents didn’t want me to be that way.”
Her family moved to Florida when she was seven years old and her mother and father went to work.
Avlissa was always proud of her parents, but she had to earn their respect by her own efforts.
“I had to make sure that they were aware of me, and it was hard for them to understand that I didn’t need to work as hard as they were making me work.
They were so happy that I was making money.
And that was the only thing that was good for me,” she recalled.
Avril said she didn’t have a dream job until she was 14, when she started working at an auto parts store in Miami.
She was paid well, but there was still something missing in her life.
“When I went to the job interview, I didn, like, know what I was doing,” she told The Times.
“There were a lot more jobs that were open and that were accessible, and when I went for my interview, the only reason that I got in was because of my talent.”
Avril started working in an auto part shop as a 16-year-old and has since earned a scholarship to college.
“If I had gotten a scholarship, I would have had to go to school in college.
That would have been a nightmare,” she admitted.
She started her own music career in 2013, playing her drums at an event.
But her parents didn to keep her busy.
“They said, ‘You need to make your own career,'” she said with a laugh.
Avlissa is not alone.
The National Women’s Music Coalition, an umbrella group for women in music, recently released a report that says the music industry is still “lacking in diversity and inclusion.”
They estimate that more than half of the music employees in the US are women.
The report also highlighted the need for greater gender equity within the music community.
The report notes that while female artists are represented at more than 20 percent of the world’s major record labels, only 3 percent of music students in the U.S. are women, and in many other countries, the percentage of women in the music workforce is much higher.
“In music, we are still not there yet,” the report reads.
“Our gender gaps are still very visible and we need to do more to get there.”
In India, Avli has a message for her countrymen: “You need not go anywhere to be successful,” she warned.
“Just keep working hard, keep doing your job, and make sure you are always a success.”
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