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Going BIG in 2015

I want to start this year off being incredibly open and honest with you:  Show-Business is hard!  

Once about every six-months, I want to quit and go push people down Space Mountain at Disneyland.

 

It takes daily work to look at the glass half-full, stay empowered and prevent the disease of "Playing Small."  That's why I do daily gratitude lists with my friends, Morning Pages, Meditation and Yoga.  Right now I'm doing the Artist's Way with an awesome group of friends, and the support makes a hell of a difference!

I started the BRETwork as a way to feel empowered in my Acting life and to keep in touch with the people I wanted to keep in touch with, people like YOU!

So, to start the year off I'm setting new goals for myself and I want to share them with you:

1) I want to book a principle role in a Broadway Musical or Play by 2016.

2) I want to book at least 3 co-star or guest star roles on a network television show like...

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How to Be Successful

 

We must start to treat our careers the way we treat our craft! When we are feeling unsettled or afraid, it’s usually because we are living in the past or the future, not the present.

I know for me, if I’m disturbed it’s because I’m afraid something from my past that I didn’t like very much might repeat itself, or that something in the future could happen to screw up what I want. It’s like playing the end of the scene! You’re way too far ahead and missing the journey.

This business and all its built-in ambition and focus on “success” can drive us to forget that everything is happening in this moment, exactly as it’s supposed to be. The reality is that time is an illusion, albeit a persistent one, but an illusion nonetheless. The only thing that exists is this moment, right now, as you’re reading this blog. And no matter what it looks like, everything is just as it should be.

Philosophy lesson...

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Eponine Knows My Secrets

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I was at a store today and saw an old typewriter, It reminded me of my childhood. At 11 years old, I was obsessed with office supplies.  I used to go to my Dad's office when he was on-call and take pens, highlighters, and anything he would let me. When I say obsessed, I mean, I was obsessed with everything I liked.

The National tour of Les Miserables was coming through Houston.  I didn't know anything about the show, except, that Debbie Gibson was playing Eponine on Broadway.  Well, then it must be good!  I had all of her albums and her poster on my wall.  (it's true)

My Mother decided to get us tickets, nosebleed seats, so we got binoculars too.  I found out who was playing Eponine, Candese Marchese, and I was determined to meet her.  This was the closest I was going to get to Debbie.

I got one of my wallet-sized school pictures, and wrote a note to Candese, leaving it at the stage door for her. After the...

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How to Decide if a Broadway Career is Right for You

this blog originally apeared in backstage SEPTEMBER 10, 2019 10:00 AM

One of the most common questions I get asked by my coaching clients is, “How will I know when I’m ready to make it on Broadway?” First, let me say that this is a difficult question to answer because ultimately “making it” is a subjective concept. It’s a different standard for everyone in show business and I recommend you taking some time to determine what it means for you personally. 

Still, there are some important questions you can ask yourself to measure if you really are ready for a career on Broadway. 

1. Are you trained? 
You don’t need to have a degree from Julliard to prove your worth, but you definitely need to be able to stand behind your skills without a doubt. It’s important that you’re not only honest but if you want people to start paying you, you better be able to back it up with the talent. So much of this business is about...

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The Best Vocal Steamer for Singers

Raise your hand if you endlessly see images or stories with Broadway people strapping on a weird contraption to their face like the photo above.

No, they're not on oxygen after a run-in with Broadway's frightfully good Beetlejuice. ;)

It's a vocal steamer. 

Taking care of your voice is vital for a long career on Broadway. As a singer, no one else can do that for you. When you dance, you can go to a Physical Therapist after an injury and still keep dancing, but for a singer, the prescription is usually medication or vocal rest. So prevention is key. 

The good news is that you can reduce inflammation with steam.

Steam helps settle the vocal chords and keep them hydrated, but not all steamers are created equal. To help you find the right fit for you, I've put together a little video breakdown of what to look for when shopping, plus which I think is the best Vocal Steamer for Singers.

My personal favorite is MyPurMist.

According to their website:
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#BroadwayLife Ep. 19 with Sheri Sanders

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I have a confession to make... I’m in love with my latest #BroadwayLife guest, Sheri Sanders.

Sheri came into my life about 10 years ago now. At the time, she was (like me) an auditioning actor with entrepreneurial inspirations, and now she is considered THE leading teacher in Pop/Rock vocal auditions, in addition to performing regularly in musicals.

Not only does she talk the talk but she walks the walk as well.

But her professional work ethic is only one reason I love being her friend. She's also incredibly open about her path to a healthy life.

This business can be T-O-U-G-H, and sometimes it can be hard to know where you stand with people. With Sheri, you always know where she stands. She looks for the good in everyone and strives to be the best she can be!

See, I told you I love her. :)

In this episode of #BroadwayLife, Sheri shares her experience with PTSD and taking care of your mental health. We also dive into hot topics in the musical theatre and global community,...

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