In 2013 most of my work was coming from two income streams: Coaching and Singing.
The hilarious thing about this business is that most people who knew me in my early days as a performer know me as a dancer. However, people who have known me in the last two years know me as an Actor/Singer.
8 years ago I couldn't get some people to audition me for singing/acting roles, and now people who call me in won't see me for roles that dance. "Pigeon-holed" frustrates many actors, but for people in this business it is necessary and sometimes completely unconscious. When you've built relationships with people as a type of person, it takes time for them to see you as a different person.
Last year I was getting impatient. With all of this singing work coming in, I thought about creating my own show. Then one day I saw on Facebook that the Eugene O'Neill Center Cabaret Conference was accepting applications. Just send some videos of you singing and an application it said. I really didn't know what I was getting myself into. I thought I was just putting possibilities out into the universe. Lo and behold the universe answered back and I was accepted.
I spent 11 days in August with some of the most inspiring, vulnerable, talented, and gutsy people I've ever met. I became a friend/mentee of Donna McKechnie (an idol of mine), and John McDaniel, Wesla Whitfield, the most amazing collaborators/music directors and everyone at the Eugene O'Neill Center.
All we did for 11 days was wake up, eat, sing, eat, sing, eat, watch people sing, drink, and sing! For 11 days!! It was like Musical Theatre Mecca!! While there I was sparked with an idea for my own show. CHARMING: A Tale of an American Prince. My music director, Tracy Stark, and I collaborated with Lennie Watts on creating an original "Once Upon a Time" tale and performed it at the Duplex last November.
To my surprise, the show was really good! So good that CHARMING is getting a return engagement this Spring in New York City, and is being invited to venues around the city. Check out the Sizzle Reel:
The reason I am telling you all of this is to empower you to create your own work! You may discover that your own creation can help you through whatever blocks, or joy, or frustration you need to work through, and it could help someone else too.
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