Why the Tony Awards Matter

This past Sunday was the 72nd Tony Awards. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been glued to my TV set on Tony Awards night. My love of theatre and solving the mystery of what makes a great performance has always been there, even as a child.

I have a friend who refuses to watch the Tony Awards because of the insecurity it brings up in her. She feels that she compares herself negatively whenever she watches, and that keeping up with all of that “stuff” is just too competitive. I get it. It’s completely understandable to have some FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) appear when seeing people do exactly what you want to be doing. In all of my years of working on Broadway, I’ve still never performed at the Tony Awards (yet), and it’s definitely a bucket list item.

That being said, there are a lot of reasons why it’s necessary to watch the Tony Awards, or any award show for that matter. So, if you normally hide from award show press, I hope this little counterpoint I’m offering will help you to look at this night of celebration differently.

If you worked on the stock market, would you avoid looking at the Dow Jones? Doubtful. If you worked in the real estate, would you not look at MLS? Probably not. That is because having your finger on the pulse of what is happening in your industry is only going to serve you in your career.

As an actor, knowing what’s happening in the NYC theatre community (the leader in the theatre world) is vital to be able to compete at a higher level. Plus, it gives to a key advantage in all of your auditions and relationships. It’s not about being able to spout off facts, numbers and names; it’s about being a professional and acting like it.

You take your craft seriously, so why wouldn’t you take the business side seriously too? To run your acting career like a business (and it is a business), you need to learn to embrace things like achievement events and professional announcements. You want to stay knowledgeable on what’s happening around you, and the Tony Awards are the ultimate in what’s happening in theatre.

And don’t forget… the people winning awards today could be your co-workers tomorrow.