Day 1: Flying High

Alright guys, so week 1 of my adventures in the west has recently come to an end and BOY DO I HAVE A LOT!

The week began like any other, I woke up early on Sunday, put on my best clothes and headed to the airport to get searched, charged, and herded onto my plane. As I sat waiting for my zone to be called, a woman- who looked extraordinarily like Megan Mullally (who played Karen on Will and Grace) began to cause quite the commotion as she prepared to board with the platinum members. Why was there so much crazy happening?? Well it’s simple. When flying out of a smaller airport one must be willing to have their carry-on checked because of the lack of storage in the cabin. Well, while everyone else huffed but then allowed it, this woman was simply not having it! She refused to have her bag checked and insisted that she could make it fit, so off she went with her rip-off Vera Bradley purse, her tail and two wheels.

Finally it was my turn to board my beloved flight. Where it would take me, I couldn’t wait. Seat by seat I passed each passenger looking for my own seat. And what to my dismay did I stumble upon as I found seat 33A? Why the likes of Megan Mullally’s look-a-like. Ms. Devil herself! Why was this woman so high and mighty seating in the back with the rest of we peasants? Luckily for me as she moped and she whispered the flight was only 27 minutes south.

The next few hours were boring at most, as I sat in the airport waiting to board my next flight.

Upon boarding my flight to Salt Lake City, a man with a ponytail decided to join me. In front of us sat a child about 10, and what he said next brought upon a grin. The pilot announced how high we would fly and sure enough the boy assured us that we would die. He looked at his mother and simply said “If we go that high, we will die!” I giggled and joked my with ponytail friend, and quickly commented “That’s what I said on my first ascend.”

We giggled and laughed, and once we caught our breathe he explained to me about his friend who was scared to death. See his friend was new to the flying game, and the ponytail man thought it’d be funny for their seats not to be the same.

After the plane had finally begun to steady, the flight attendants had refreshments at the ready. The Muppets Most Wanted was the entertainment for the day, and at first I was wary but ended up saying hip, hip, HOORAY.

Flying over the mountains was a first for me, and soon the flight became a little rocky. We bumped and we glided, and soon I felt it was a rollercoaster I had rided.

Upon landing in sunny SLC, I felt famous with a driver waiting for me.

Well that’s all for today’s Expedition of a Theatre Major, but look for what’s to come become it’s sure to be a rager!

The Expeditions of a Theatre Major

Hello folks,

So sorry for the delay in my posts, however I have not been connected to the web that much other than work. Being in Utah has allowed me to disconnect from the internet and become aware of my surroundings. I know for many of us going into the theatre industry doesn’t really allow for this appreciation of nature. 

Although we are able to travel a lot, it is usually travel that we then go straight in to work, and most of the time that work is in a city. Don’t get me wrong, I AM STILL A CITY GIRL! However, this break from the crazy city life has been kind of a rejuvenating experience.

In my opinion, we all need time off. I know we all love our jobs very much and couldn’t see the point in taking time off, but becoming so many characters and always being surrounded by others can kind of make you lose sight of who you are as a person. Getting away allows you to reconnect with yourself and allows for you to feel refreshed when you dive back into your busy schedule.

So, in honor of my awakening, I got the idea of a new blog series (see title above). While I am away experiencing nature, I wanted to let you all experience it with me, Maybe give you ideas of things you could do when you’re away or to simply show you the benefits of being in nature.

My first post of the series will be coming TOMORROW!! So, sit back, relax, and enjoy:

The Expeditions of a Theatre Major 

Summer Internships

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Salutations my amazing followers! Sorry for the lacking of posting these past two days, but I have some exciting news: I have officially begun my summer internship with the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre!! I know. I know. Some of you are thinking how is an internship in the middle of Utah a good thing?? Why not be in LA or NYC?? Well I am going to fill you in on some secrets about the internship business.

Yes, an internship with a theatre company in NYC sounds like a dream come true but when as you begin your research into the world of internships you will begin to see just how realistic that sounds.

While a few of you are able to simply go wherever they please without having to worry about monetary costs, for many of us there are key things to look out for while trying to find an adequate internship.

Below I have made a list of things I watched out for:

1. Housing: does the company offer housing? Do you have someone local that you could couch surf? Are you able to pay for your own place? Is there somewhere that offers summer internship housing??

     *Remember while there are plenty of apartments offered, most landlords require you to sign a lease before move-in and while there may be an exception here or there, but most leases require a min of 6 months.

2. Travel: How are you going to get to where you are going??

3. Stipends: Stipends can become your best friend. While many companies cannot afford to pay you top dollar for your summer services, they will offer a stipend. Stipends are just like payments but have a different name. It’s like a small salary.

    *Please note not all companies offer stipends!

4. BE OPEN! While you may yearn for an apprenticeship as a director, stage manager, or actor, these are harder to find… ESPECIALLY ones that offer the things I’ve listed above.. Whether it’s not ideal, or you have no interest in it a job in things like the box office, or costume, or something that is usually outside your comfort zone can sometimes be your best bet. These things seem to offer way more benefits. Also, through my own discoveries, working in places other than the stage or rehearsal room offers you a chance to network with people in that company WAYYYYY more.

     *For example: I work in the box office here at UFOMT, and it is only my first day but I have already talked to a numerous amount of important people in the company. They are able to get to know you better because your time is not limited to a 5 or 10 min. break.

So, before you scroll pass that prop internship give it a look. Internships are for making connections with actual companies, not to get your dream job by the time you’re a sophomore in college.

BEWARE: Now this is important, during you search you will come across numerous fancy websites offering these dream-come-true internships but all you have to do is pay for a membership….SCAM!! These internships are not as glamorous as they appear to be, and trust me YOU CAN FIND BETTER ONES ON YOUR OWN.

Honestly when it comes to internships there is an internship out there for everyone you just have to be willing to put time in finding them. Listed below I have listed a few internship websites and internships that I myself have looked into.

INTERNSHIPS:

HUMANA FESTIVAL IN LOUSVILLE- for those you are graduating, the actor’s theatre company offers AMAZING apprenticeships and internships! It is a well known company and would look great on a resume!

OffStageJobs.com – the most helpful website online for those who are looking, or are willing, to take an internship offstage. This includes all design aspects, SMing, directing, education, box office, anything really! (This is how I found my internship.)

Finally, apply to multiple. This kind of tightens your chances of getting that summer job. And while one may be perfect in your mind, another may hold the key to your future!

 

So, that’s all I have about internships.. Take it, use it, and get that job!!!

 

Tune in as I will be doing a weekly update on myself here in Logan, UT.

So You Wanna Be a Theatre Major Kid, Well Whoop-di-doo.

Hello lovelies!


So first I want to say I hope as you read the title of this post you instantly thought of Hercules and saw Phil singing to Hercules about him wanting to be a hero. 


If not, that’s okay. We’ll work on it. :)


Today I want to talk about something everyone looks forward to, but is never truly prepared for.


That’s right. College.


First I’ll give you a little insight to what it was like when I decided to major in theatre.



(Small town in Georgia, 2013. Summer. Lights come up to Constance, 18, packing a suitcase, preparing to leave for college orientation the next morning.)
Constance: (Going through an old memory trunk and pulls out a doll) Hey! I remember this, it’s the doll from the first show I was ever in: “The Music Man.” (Suddenly begins to sing and dance) “Seventy-six trombones, dada dadada…” Hahah, great memories.
(soon she is going through all sorts of old theatre memorabilia)
(knock on the door, and then in walks Grandma)
Grandma: Hey are you almost packed? (sees all of the stuff) What are you doing with this old stuff?
Constance: (stalls) Grandma, I’m going to change my major when we get to orientation.
Grandma: Oh really? No more Journalism? Oh I get it, you’re going to do Forensic Psychology like we always planned.
Constance: No. I’m going to major in Theatre.
Grandma: Oh. Well,… as long as I get my Prius. Whatever.
(later that day)
Dad: So, I hear you’re going to go into Theatre. In that case, I would like one shot of espresso and a venti mocha, skim, hold the milk.
Mom: You know I support you, it’s just. Just. We don’t understand why you’re going to waste your education…. You are already so talented, but theatre is something you do for fun. It’s not a job. You were so smart in school, we also thought you would be a doctor, or a profiler, or you know something.
(everyone freezes except Constance)
Constance: (turns to face the audience) See my family loves me, and they want what’s best for me. My dad is just kidding, but it does hurt. I know they try to be supportive, but sometimes I just feel like they don’t understand. Theatre is my love. It always has been, and it always will be. Sure, money matters, but so does passion. They just worry because they want a better life for me. They’ll see though, one day. They’ll see how happy I am and that I do have a career, not a job.
(The end)
Alright, now that everyone knows that I’m not the best writer we can get to the meaning. 
 
When I first decided to major in theatre, my family was terrified. And they still are today. They don’t understand that there is some areas that are stable, and that of course, there are some that aren’t. 
 
If you decide to go into theatre, and your parents freak, my advice is just to comfort them. Keep emphasizing that this is what you want to do for the rest of your life, and you understand the sacrifices you are making. 
 
Now, some parents just cannot accept that, and to those, you just have to give them time. No, they will never completely support your decision, however seeing you happy means more to them than anything. 
 
So, you’ve conquered your parents, now what? 
Well for now you can breathe, because that is probably the scariest part!!
 

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Future Generations

Because of the Tony Awards being last night, I have began to rewatch opening numbers from previous shows, and one thing that sticks out to me is during Neil Patrick Harris’ Opening Monologue for the 2012 Tony Awards he mentions the children sitting at home loving the Tonys and how they all were that kid.

In an effort to make my impact on the future generations of theatre lovers I have begun a page titled Collegiate Programs. On this page I will be posting stories from current theatre majors that will give perspective students an inside look at different collegiate theatre programs. Sure, we all get information from the school but that can be so cookie cutter sometimes.

In order to get this page kicking off, I need people to share their stories! Simply click the Collegiate Programs tab above and then fill out the form on the page. Please include your name, your college, and just tell us about your experience in your theatre program. What you would have liked to know, a fun tradition, etc. ANYTHING HELPS!

Thank you for your contributions!

Neil Patrick Harris and Jason Segel “Confrontation”

In honor of Neil Patrick Harris’ win at the Tony Awards last night, I wanted to share one of my favorite NPH moments. During Inside the Actors Studio interviews with the cast of “How I Met Your Mother,” one student asks Jason Segel and Neil to honor Les Miserables coming back to Broadway.

Tony Award Encore!

Wow. That is the only word I can think of when it comes about writing about this year’s Tony Awards performance.

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I want to thank all of you who followed me during my live tweet session, if you didn’t have a chance to do that either, don’t worry they’re always going to on there! I’m not quite sure how I am going to put the show into words, but I guess I will just start with the beginning and go from there. DISCLAIMER: I am not giving a play by play, but merely highlighting some of the nights best moments!

Alright, so the opening number… Starting off Hugh is seen on the red carpet. He then begins to hop his way through Radio City Music Hall where you can see the casts of the different nominated shows of the night warming up. You can watch it here:

Next on the highlight train is the performance of “One Day More” by the cast of Les Miserables. Led by the phenomenal Tony nominated Ramin Karimloo, this song was filled with a cast of amazing performers. While this song is my favorite from the show, there were two moments I found myself disappointed.. First off Samantha Hill, Cosette, found herself in the wrong key some times and therefore caused Andy Mientus to become a little pitchy himself. Along with that, I personally do not enjoy Nikki James as the heartbroken Eponine, but that can just be a personal remark. Other than that though, The entire cast was absolutely incredible. I mean Will Swenson and Ramin Karimloo together!?! Catch the performance here:

Wow, following the performance by the cast, it was time for the announcing of “Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical” which went to the incredible Lena Hall. I mean when you can perform as a dude, and sound like a dude, but then still wear a dress and look AMAZING, OF COURSE SHE WON!

Then we have James Monroe Iglehart performing “Friend Like Me” from the infamous Aladdin. Man, I almost went to see Aladdin during my trip to NYC but I hesitated.MAN I SHOULD’VE SEEN IT!! The twist of the well known song is amazingly written, even including a medley of disney songs within it. Put that with magic tricks, a tap dancing number, and James Monroe Iglehart and you have a fantastic performance. Don’t believe me?!! See it here:

Along with this, I want to take this time to point out how much tap dancing occurred in this year’s Tony Awards. In my exact words:

“So much tap at the  this year, and I am loving every step ball change”

One performance, however, that did not include a tap number but was still fantastic was the “wickedly talented” Idina Menzel. Idina Menzel has returned to Broadway this past year in the new musical “If/Then.” While in NYC a ton of my friends went to see IF/Then and went on and on about Idina’s vocal perfection in the show. I could go on and on about her belts and vocal control, but it’d just be better to show you:

Then we get to my second favorite acceptance speech quotes:

“I’m looking forward to the day when all children can have a piece of theatre in their daily educational lives” – Kenny Leon

The absolute best acceptance speech of the night was by the one and only James Monroe Iglehart, who won for his role as the Genie in Aladdin. While many struggle to get all of their “thank yous” and “shoutouts” out before their 90 seconds is up, James simply went to the stage and controlled is excitement long enough to get everything out. He then saved his excitement for the end and gave us a new sort of acceptance speech. You can see what I mean below:

Next up we have “History Being Made at Night” (nice SMASH reference I know) with the absolutely stunning Audra McDonald winning her SIXTH TONY!! She is the first female to win that many awards, along with winning in 4 different categories. Even her incredibly handsome husband could not contain his joyful tears:

Oh,, now we have arrived at my absolute favorite performance of the night: Neil Patrick Harris’ performance from “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” There were SOOOOO many things right with this performance!!! First off, it’s NPH. Then we have Lena Hall’s incredible deep grunge sound. And then there is NPH grinding on Orlando Bloom’s face.. Yup I had to take a deep breath during that. One of my favorite parts though was Neil motioning for his Husband and then kissing him on live tv. Most tv shows wouldn’t allow for that, but hell THEY DID IT! You go glenn coco!!

Oh, and along with that, please enjoy this article about it:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariellecalderon/amazing-moments-from-neil-patrick-harris-tonys

This year’s Tonys marked a special milestone for Wicked. In order to celebrate its 10 year anniversary, we Tony viewers were offered a performance by the current Glinda and Elphaba of the popular “For Good.” Let me just say, while I would have loved for a combination of the current stars with Idina and Kristin, the  performance was extremely moving!

And after that performance of a classic Broadway song, Hugh decided to spice Broadway up with a creation of The Music Man into a rap song. Joining him was TI and LL Cool J. There have been mixed feelings about this, but I do have to admit it was pretty creative. Plus, I learned that not only was “The Music Man” my first musical, but it was Hugh Jackman’s too, which means we have something in common. Score 1 for Constance.

Then we have the inevitable win by Neil Patrick Harris for his role as Hedwig. Come on, did we really not see this coming!?! Sure, Andy was fantastic as Rocky and I honestly didn’t think I would enjoy that musical at all, and don’t even get me started about Ramin.. He’s just.. Perfect.

Following NPH is a moment that brought me to tears. Carole King introduced Beautiful. Then they began to perform and then it happened:

Jessie Mueller who portrays Carole King in the Broadway show, went on later to win her first Tony for Best Lead Actress in a Musical.

Tap dancing, magic, drags, break dancing, hopping, rapping, all the broadway greats, this year’s Tony Awards sure did have everything! Want to have even more info on what went down at the awards?! Follow me on Twitter @candice1695 and see all the tweets from my live tweet sess. Along with that, look for a post holding the best quotes from the night, and trust me Hugh Jackman was very PUNNY!

Want a full layout of all the night’s winners?? Visit http://t.co/TVcJsubpm4 for a full list of all the winners!

Until next time!

Tweeting Tonys

Well folks, it’s the most wonderful time of the year again: THE TONY AWARDS!

I know for some of you, you are unfortunate and cannot watch the magic happen on your tv.

BUT DO NOT FRET! I will be live tweeting for the 2014 Tony Awards!!!! Follow me @candice1695 and receive all the latest news about who wins and who does not!

 

Also, look out for my final post that will give the highlights of tonight’s awards!!

What Freshman Year Taught Me…

I know, all through our 12 years in the education system we are told that college is the best years of our life. In my opinion that is depressing. Unless the misfortune occurs where I do not live a long and prosperous life, I would like to think that my life is going to be filled with many great years. Don’t get me wrong, college is amazing! One thing I have noticed though, is it’s not just a great time it is also a time where I have learned the most.

In just one year of college I have learned more than I ever had in school and out. Here are just a few of the most important things I have learned my Freshman year:

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1. It’s OKAY to relax and have fun. Sure, plenty of kids go to school and can’t wait to get their party on. Me, however, I was the exact opposite. I am currently attending Ohio State merely on scholarships and financial aid. This means that my studies have to be on their A game. Honestly I was always the kid who dedicated everything to her studies, but college was the next level. My first semester I NEVER went out. I had a movie night every once in awhile, but other than that I was purely working on my studies. Getting ahead. Then spring semester came and I began ASMing a show for the department. One night I was invited out with a couple of people in the cast and costume crew. I was hesitant at first, but I finally said yes. After that night I was a different person. Soon every weekend was dedicated to having fun. I felt freer, and definitely more relaxed during the week. Now, fair warning: I AM NOT ENCOURAGING TO GO OUT AND GET PLASTERED THE ENTIRE WEEKEND. My fun nights did not always include that type of activity. Go bowling, skating, shopping, etc.

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2. TIME MANAGEMENT!!!!!!! Seriously I cannot stress this one enough, time management is EVERYTHING if you want to actually be involved, have fun and still make good grades. In order to enjoy my new found freedom, I had to become a champ at managing my time. Luckily, I kind of had already begun working on my time management, but once I started becoming involved I had my weekly schedule down to a T. It’s actually pretty simple, you just have to make it a habit. For all my fellow pinterest lovers, I simply looked to the good website to help me see how others control their life and then developed a system for myself. Another thing that really helped was taking a Stage Management course. Not only did I ASM for a production, but I also took a Stage Management course spring semester, and as we all know: AIN’T NOBODY BETTER AT TIME MANAGEMENT THAN YOUR STAGE MANAGER! So, if you are looking for an elective to take, or if your schedule allows I HIGHLY recommend you take an SM course from your department. Not only will it help with time management, but it will give you a new perspective into the production process (and make you appreciate what they do a little more ;) ).

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3. The best person to go to for advice is YOURSELF. This is something I gradually earned throughout my first year at OSU. Yes, you should meet with your adviser AT LEAST once a semester. I have definitely become close to my adviser (it’s the best way.) However, living in a house with guardians for so many years has left us without the ability to make large decisions for ourselves. For me, I always saw myself as the independent type, but once I was in school I soon found myself longing for others’ opinions on what I should do. Ultimately, I learned that although you can get everyone’s opinion, no one knows what is better for you than yourself. Listen to your instinct, destiny has plans for us, and if you happen to make the wrong decision DON’T WORRY!! Things tend to be able to work themselves out in the end.

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4. LIVE a little. Yes I know that I wrote about relaxing, but while the same I tend to see this as a different lesson. In my experience you can relax while you are still in your comfort zone. College is the time to learn and experience life. PLEASE REALIZE THAT I’M NOT ENCOURAGING DANGEROUS ACTIVITIES. What I’ve learned is that it’s okay to do things out of your comfort zone. Go on a spontaneous trip (with friends), get a tattoo, if you think of something that you’d like to do but are scared to: DO IT! As my grandmother is always telling me: “In order to be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid.”

I learned a lot more than these 4 things, but these are the ones I felt are most universal and were the most important. Everyone will have their own experience in college, and everyone will learn their own lessons!

10 Pieces of Advice for Majors

Hello folks! I just want to start out by saying THANK YOU  to all of my new followers! One, in particular, has given me the idea to create a new blog that offers advice for those who dream of the big time!

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So, in honor of my creation of my new blog, I have decided to create a post for incoming theatre majors!

Without further ado, I present:

10 PIECES OF ADVICE FOR INCOMING THEATRE MAJORS
 
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1. DROP THE DIVA ACT. This is the single most important piece of advice I can give. I understand that at your small school you were the best actor/singer/dancer they had ever seen. Everyone that saw you perform said you were going to be famous one day, and you were hot stuff. Well guess what.. You’re entering a whole different territory now. Collegiate theatre is a different ballpark. The summer between graduation and college is the time when the first batch of wannabe theatre majors are weeded out. I know this sounds harsh, but as much as I want this industry to be for everyone, IT’S NOT. Sure, maybe you are hot stuff and one day you will be able to perform on a Broadway stage, but as of right now, everyone you are about to study with is just as equally talented as you. Everyone is just as passionate, if they weren’t, they wouldn’t be spending thousands of dollars to study a career that’s only guarantee is that you will be told NO many times. Believe it or not, but professionals in this industry do not want to work with divas. People that think they are just the greatest thing that ever graced a stage are not fun to work with. And no one, I repeat, NO ONE will want to work with that. Also, word gets around and this instant you become known as “the diva” well you have just royally screwed yourself. I have personally talked to casting directors from some of the top acting apprenticeships in the country, and they have all said that it doesn’t matter how awesome someone was in the audition room, if they find out that you got rude with the lady working the sign-in table, it becomes an immediate N.O. So, cool your jets, your time to shine will come, for now, enjoy yourself. We are all doing this because we love it.
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2. NO ONE OWES YOU ANYTHING. Okay, sorry for all the super harsh negativity, but it’s true. Plus this is the last jerkish one. So for this piece of advice, I actually received it when i attended COLLEGE DAYS at the HUMANA Festival in Louisville, KY. I attended many workshops that allowed professionals to give us advice for what they expect as we enter the professional industry.  For many of us, we learned in high school that the older you got, the better the role you received or the more responsibility you received. Guess what? It doesn’t work like that after high school. It doesn’t matter how old you are (unless they’re casting Rosie for Mamma Mia), how much you have done for the company you are working with, no one owes you anything. Our generation has somehow developed this weird sense of obligation from others and it is something that you quickly need to get out of your head. Some people are not going to like you. End of story. You have to understand that no one is looking at you like “oh damn, I forgot to cast them as a lead because I owe them.” Once you understand that you are not owed anything, you will be just fine.
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3. PEOPLE WANT TO HELP YOU. Going off of #2, people in our industry really do want to help you succeed. No one is looking to be a bitter asshole that ruins everyone. If you prove that you deserve someone’s time and help, THEY WILL GIVE IT TO YOU. Casting directors WANT TO CAST YOU. They actually need you to be the solution to their problem. It makes their day much shorter when you solve a problem for them. Obviously, there is a fine like between this and number 2, and you have to find the line of receiving people’s help and feeling an obligation for them to help you. Don’t worry, it takes time but the sooner you are aware that line is there, the sooner you are able to start learning how to walk it.
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4. BE INVOLVED. Alright guys, if you take anything away from this post, PLEASE let it be this. Being involved your first year is such a BLESSING. Going in to my first semester here, I was unsure what the future held, but I dove head first into being involved in the department. Sure there are so many other things happening on campus that you wanna do, and you have to do well in classes, and all but being involved opens so many doors for you. Don’t know how to get involved? Well for OSU, we have an annual Theatre Orientation that gives new students insight into everything the department offers. See if you department offers something similar, if not, talk to your adviser. I GUARANTEE they can help you out. Audition for a show. Get work-study? See if the department offers any jobs for work-study kids. Getting involved will be the first step to help with the next few pieces of advice I have.
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5. GET YOUR NAME OUT. One small piece of advice I received from my acting coach was this: always use your first and last name when introducing yourself. Whether working in the box office and answering phones, or meeting with people. Always say “hello, my name is _____ _____.” This is something that we have lost track of doing. It’s a rare occasion for someone to use their first and last name, and surprisingly, it is something that is noticed. People will remember you, and you never know who you will meet. Which, leads me to:
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6. NETWORK. NETWORK. NETWORK. You never know who you are going to meet, and in our business it is ALL about who you know. While I don’t expect you to go to NYC and address strangers with all your information, if you get the opportunity to attend a networking event, GO! It is amazing who you can meet simply through friends. I went to NYC recently, and while there my group held a networking event. While I did go, when I got there I was a little skeptical because no one seemed to be someone who could be a good contact. As I was leaving, however, I ran into a woman who was not even with our group. She couldn’t get a drink at the bar downstairs, so she headed upstairs to get a drink at the bar in our spot and we bumped into each other. I, however, did not know that and proceeded to introduce myself. I then found out she was a producer. She had helped produce on Broadway before and she was impressed at my networking skills at such an early age. While I would love all of us to be able to bump into Broadway producers, it’s not always going to happen. However, if I had simply said excuse me and left, I would not have talked to a producer about who I was and that I plan to take Hercules to Broadway one day (which she loved). So, aren’t that great when it comes to social events? Practice on your colleagues. Meeting the new people in the department is very important, and is great practice for what your life is going to be like. Also, our professors have lived this life. They KNOW people already. They are there to help you into the professional theatre world. Get to know them, and soon doors will be opening like never before.
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7. AUDITION FOR A SHOW. Yes, I understand that not everyone who comes to college wants to act. Neither do I, or did I. But, it helps people from all areas in theatre. AND OUT. Whether you have even a slight interest in being in a production one semester, or you are looking to volunteer as a board op, ASM, or AD auditioning gets your name out there. Believe it or not, many casting directors in college remember everyone they see. There isn’t a lot of competition compared to outside world, so if you give them something to remember along with your name, they will. Also, after you audition for them, once you turn in your resume and show interest in ASMing, they will see how dedicated you are to their show and being involved. That will stick. Yes, auditions can be scary, but they are so helpful! Plus, once you get your first one out of the way, you’ll have a much higher self-confidence. For those who aren’t sure about acting, or who don’t want to be involved in a particular production, AUDITION ANYWAYS! First, you get your name out. Second, and most importantly, college auditions are the only time in your whole life that you have people wanting to educate you and make you better. The people who run auditions for college are willing to give helpful feedback. SO ASK. When you enter an audition room, give your slate and monologue (just like you would in an audition you truly wanted to get cast from), then after that say thank you. Wait a second, and then explain that while you are busy this semester, you auditioned because you would like to make yourself better. Ask them for what worked and what didn’t work. What should you work on? What wasn’t clear? Trust me, it is the best feeling in the world to hear what was going on inside their head.
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8. GO SEE SHOWS. Go see all kinds of shows, whether realism – non-realism, mime, or whatever. If you have time GO SEE SHOWS. First and foremost, seeing shows is a great learning opportunity. I never believed I could learn so much by seeing one show, but for the past three weeks I have seen 20 shows and am absolutely amazed at all the new things I have discovered. About acting, directing, crew, anything. You learn from people’s mistakes and their triumphs. Also, you should love theatre, so why not watch it? If you don’t like going to shows, then you should probably rethink your career path before it’s too late. Don’t think you can afford to see a ton of shows? See what the department policy is on comp tickets. For OSU you get a free comp to every department show. Other places, like regional theatres, sometimes offer discounts to students. USE THAT DISCOUNT. Also, look into volunteering to usher. Ushering is the simplest thing EVER. You interact with other people who love theatre and then get to see a show FOR FREE. (And generally, they’re good seats). Lastly, our industry relies HEAVILY on audience participation. We need people to come see our show, OR WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CONTINUE. Support is such an important aspect in our business. Support your fellow family members.
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9. LOVE THY STAGE MANAGER. I don’t care if you are the lead in a production, a costume designer, or the director of a show, your stage manager is a blessing. He/She is the most important person in a production. They call the show, the help your bruises, and they keep the entire show from failing apart. We like to refer to them our stage mom. One of every professional persons nightmares is getting on the bad side of their stage manager. The SM is there to help you. To help make you shine, but you need to respect them. If you have a problem with them, address them about it. This one is definitely connected with number 1: DROP THE DIVA ACT. SM’s have a lot more say in things then you sometimes realize, and if you don’t be careful the rude and demanding attitude you had in The Little Mermaid will be remembered the next time you walk into an audition room and they are sitting at the table.
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10. HAVE FUN. Some people take our jobs wayyyyyy too seriously. And while yes, this is a professional work environment, have fun with it. That is one of the reasons we all fell in love with theatre. Because it is fun and freeing. If you don’t get cast in a show, RELAX this is not your only show you will ever have the chance to audition for. Go out with the cast and crew on dinner nights, (just make sure you get to rehearsal on time the next day). While it can be hard to balance business and pleasure, it is doable. I was one of those really serious people my first semester, and guess what! I HATED IT. I never had free time. I now know how to balance and guess what! IT’S FANTASTIC.
Well, I hope that my 10 pieces of advice for incoming theatre majors was helpful!
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