July 3, 2016,
BODY TYPE & LOOK IN SHOW BIZ!
EMBRACE YOURS & CONQUER WITH THESE HELPFUL HINTS!
I constantly hear many people gripe, complain, and sometimes even quit performing because they feel like he or she is just not the “right” body type or “Look” in this business. I recently shared my thoughts about this very subject on a popular chat board and yielded some very positive responses. I want to share my thoughts on this issue here for others who think they don’t have the right look, body type etc. to make it in this very fickle business.
Regardless of being someone who has personally suffered from the “problem” of being an average-body-type gal, I have successfully carved out my own unique niche in the Broadway community that keeps my phone ringing; let me share a few helpful hints for those who are also a bit “out of the box” from the typically-hired types that get hired for the NY and Regional stages.
SINGING ONSTAGE AND IN THE STUDIO
A Podcast Dedicated to the Men and Women of the Ensemble!
This week PETER GREGUS!
BB: Can you offer a piece of audition advice?
AC: First of all, prepare as best you can. Then, do your best work, and LET IT GO as soon as you leave the room, even though that's incredibly difficult sometimes. If you choked, forgive yourself and let it go. If you nailed it, pat yourself on the back and let it go. If you were unprepared, let it go (and try to do better next time). Be kind to yourself. Know that it's hardly ever personal, and that there are many factors that go into casting beyond just talent. Stay positive. Follow up with a thank-you note. Keep at it.
An EXCERPT FROM " THE ART OF SINGING"
BY JENNIFER HAMADY
On one level, we singers are master preparers. We spend a tremendous amount of time training and practicing, and in the case of many recording artists, songwriting as well. In fact, we’re physically and mentally preparing for success virtually nonstop, whether or not any performances or recording dates are on the imminent horizon.
That said, another kind of preparation is all too often neglected, and that is with the technology that makes recording and live shows possible. For all of our training and practicing for a performance career, for all of our songwriting and rehearsing prior to recording, we singers rarely take the time to proactively work with the technology that facilitates both.
BB: How/when did you get your first Broadway job?
SF: I made my debut in AMAZING GRACE last summer. That whole process was such a serendipitous experience for me, start to finish. The story is very long, but I will say that what's yours is yours, and no one can take it away from you. Trusting in that has changed the game.
BB: Any words of inspiration ?
SF: Find things that you love in this life that have nothing to do with theatre. Those will be your life rafts when times get rough. Surround yourself with people that support you, and that you find it easy to be around. Take care of your body! Fill it with good things and good thoughts. Savor each moment, each step of your career. It's a marathon, not a sprint. You'll miss a lot of beautiful things along the way if you close your eyes and light-speed ahead. Your path is YOUR path. Comparison is the thief of joy. Be patient with yourself!
A VIDEO BONUS TIP FOR ACTORS ON MUSICAL THEATRE AUDITION CUTS!