"I've always had really big ideas," said Monáe, who set her sights on Broadway while still in grade school. "I dreamed of writing my own movie and starring in it — all these audacious goals and ideas. Initially, though, I think I loved musical theater more than pop music. I didn't even have a love of being my own artist. Then once I got in touch with my own ideas, I knew there was some light in me trying to come out."
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