If you're looking for your typical "new kid in school" bully story unfortunately this isn't it. I'm sad to say that bullying comes in all forms. For me, it was being bullied by the people I trusted most, just because I chose to be different. Much like the character I play on Awkward, I didn’t want to be one of the crowd. In Junior High, I knew I had bigger dreams and I knew that I would stop at nothing to achieve them. What I didn’t know was that I would no longer have the support of my five best friends.
I decided at a young age that I wanted to be an actress....it was my entire life! My friends knew this, and of course, always supported me in my local plays. It wasn't until my dreams started to become a reality that I realized they didn’t care. I was different! I had a passion for something that they couldn't comprehend and it made me stick out of my "group" like a sore thumb.
I moved to L.A. when I was about 13 and tried to keep my friendships going. I tried emails, phone calls, texts, but I knew something was different. The relationships I'd had since I was six just seemed to fade away. I decided to go back to my hometown for the holidays one year, and thought that it would be really fun to go back to my school for the last week before winter break! I couldn’t wait to see my best friends again and tell them everything about my new life! I went into school that first day and they all stood there, looking at me like I shouldn’t be there. They spread rumors about me to the rest of my classmates (and teachers), and decided they didn’t want me in their "clique" anymore. I was devastated. I went to school feeling like an outcast, dealing with mean things they would say about me every day. I couldn’t believe that my best friends didn’t want me anymore. This went on for the rest of the year. Even after I returned back to L.A., I would hear the mean things they had said about me.
This didn’t bring me down for long, though. I quickly realized that I would become a stronger person because of this. I was hurt for a long time, but in the end I came out on top. I continued to follow my dreams and keep my head up…that's what I hope for all of you readers. I am so honored to share my story on BullyVille, and I hope that my story can help readers get through these tough times that we all know so well! Dream big, it’s worth it!
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Posted By: BullyHitMan |
2/21/13 10:37 AM
Thats awesome that you didn't let the jealousy they projected at you bring you down. I hope you win an Oscar someday!
Posted By: MizCeeDub |
2/21/13 11:47 AM
So glad you were able to stay strong. It hurts, but very glad you can move on and do what you were meant to do. Your a beautiful person and thank you for sharing your story...
Posted By: USAdoll |
2/21/13 2:49 PM
Great message to the kids. Dream big, its worth it!
Posted By: ProductZ |
2/22/13 12:58 PM
Girls in school are evil when it comes to bullying a girl through false rumors. They will tell girls to go tell others what they heard and laugh at the mess they create. These rumors sometimes can follow girls throughout school if they get big enough.If you arent head strong like Jillian it can incredible effect your life.
Posted By: Goodbar |
2/25/13 2:06 PM
Honored to read your story Miss Jillian, very kind of you to support this anti bullying movement