ASD Alumni Profiles – Paola Proctor – Class of 2012


Photographer: Sherry Patrizi

Rawan I., Junior Editor-in-Chief


I’ve grown up a lot since I left Doha but it was so cool visiting my “old self” for this article. I was involved in so many different activities, I had great friends, had amazing teachers, I got to travel around the world, frankly, everything about my time at ASD was amazing. I still have friends to this day that I’ve stayed in close contact with. Of all my time at ASD I’ll say that my 8th-grade Week Without Walls field trip to Malaysia has definitely been the most unique field trip I’ve ever been on. We spent a week out in the Malaysian jungle camping, kayaking, and learning other survival techniques.

I went to the University of Miami, Frost School of Music; I majored in Music Business and minored in Business Law. The University of Miami was the perfect school for me. I didn’t know it at the time, but I wouldn’t have been happy anywhere else. It’s a very well rounded school which was the perfect fit. It has always been a dream of mine to be a professional singer and do that for a living, but I also knew the odds were against me and I should be “realistic” about it.

Fortunately, the more I learned about the music industry, the more I realized it’s more possible than most people might think if you understand the business well enough. After a great internship in Los Angeles, I realized that I HAD to make this work because I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. Since that pivotal moment, my goals haven’t changed, I’ve just developed a tunnel vision. I’ve learned that in order to accomplish the overarching goal, you have to break everything else down into smaller milestones that over time will amount to the bigger picture.

From 2018, I’m most proud of my two singles being released and doing everything as an independent artist. I’m more so proud that my first single, “Tongue Tied,” was aired on the radio; it was so surreal hearing my song on the radio for the first time. I’m still in awe of that and re-watch a video I took of my reaction any time I need to remind myself that I’m on the right path.

I hope to become a well-rounded entertainer and businesswoman. I grew up acting and have done some stunt training due to my background in Mixed Martial Arts so I would love to be the main character in a big action-packed film. In regards to music, I want the company that I’m building from the ground up to eventually be my fully scaled, self-sustaining, record label, publishing company, and licensing company that has a stellar reputation for professionalism and excellence in music.