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Too Much

Hey guys I know this isn’t theatre related but I need to vent about some stuff that has recently gone on. I posted a picture about a week ago asking for you guys to keep Talia in your thoughts.

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Unfortunately she lost her battle with cancer and died this morning at about 11:22 and I seriously don’t know how to feel about it. I am happy that she is free from suffering and in a better place but I am so angry that such a wonderful innocent person has been removed from this earth so soon. I just don’t understand why the universe is so cruel. I just keep imagining all the amazing things she could have continued to do if she were alive, but she has taught us all an important lesson “Just Keep Swimming.”

 

Another death has also recently happened Cory Monteith star of Glee died in a hotel room in Vancouver due to a heroin and alcohol overdose.

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It’s so sad to see a life ended too soon due to drugs he was an inspiration and idol to many and he will be missed. I can’t imagine the pain Lea and his family are going through. He had so much potential so much he could have done and drugs ruined that. 

 

Emotions are really running high this week and even though we don’t personally know Talia or Cory They have both taught us important lessons and hopefully continue to inspire others. Rest In Paradise.

Pray for Talia

Everybody please keep Talia Joy and her family in your prayers.

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Improving your skills without a coach

Hey guys I haven’t posted in a while because I’m starting a new show Avenue Q: school edition and I’m a Bad Idea Bear! Its been a fun experience so far and this is the biggest role I’ve had so far so I want to make sure I do well. That was just a quick update on my life so far so I wanted to talk to you about improving your skills (Acting and singing) without a vocal or acting coach.

If you have the ability to get a voice or acting coach I advise you to get one (even if you can   only meet with them once a month). Some other people don’t really have that luxury (cough cough me cough) but I still try to improve. So here are some tips on improving vocals

1) During the school year join chorus and ask your chorus teacher to help you practice. (If you don’t have choir in your school never mind)

2) Use YouTube to learn about breathing technique (all of them are pretty good)

3) After getting your breathing technique down you have to make sure you sing everyday for at least an hour (20 minutes of warm ups [there are tons on YouTube] and 40 of actual singing)

4) For your actual singing choose two songs one that is easy for you and one that’s a little difficult (but don’t go too far out your range)

5) Film or record yourself sing the song that is easy and the song that is hard and critique yourself (if you have a chorus teacher ask them to listen to it and give you some of their input)

6) Don’t try to sound like the singer on the song because they are being auto tuned or tweaked in some way [don't try to sing along with a live performance either speakers also tweak the voice in certain ways] (I suggest trying to find the instrumental of a song and sing along with that for your singing time)

7) Try to audition for as many musicals/ showcases as possible even if you know you won’t get cast/chosen its a performance opportunity!

Tips for acting:

1) Find 5 monologues [a modern day comedic, a modern day dramatic, a classical comedic, a classical dramatic, and a Shakespearean monologue]

2) Spend at least an hour a day and during that hour choose 2 different monologues to do

3) Read both monologues film you reading them.

4)Come up with a back story to your character [don't look it up] and take some time to really   develop your character ask questions like: where did they come from? what are they feeling at this moment? how old are they? what is making them feel this way? What does this character look like?(no, he/she doesn’t have to look like you) 

5) After developing the back story for this person film yourself again doing those to monologues.

6) Watch your before and after videos and you’ll notice a big improvement but I suggest you still critique your after monologues. 

7) Try to audition for as many plays as possible even if you know you won’t get cast its a performance opportunity!

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Why do we keep doing this to ourselves

It seems to me that all humans want to is tear themselves down and make themselves feel awful. Why can’t we all just love ourselves and make our definition of beauty internal and love what we see in the mirror. We always create the image of the “perfect” version of us based off of what we see on t.v. and extremely edited photos in magazines, but it’s not their fault. We are the ones  that choose to see only certain features as beautiful and then make ourselves and others feel bad when they don’t contain those features. Why can’t we celebrate all types of people and love ourselves and each other. These are just the thoughts running through my mind on a Saturday night. Goodnight you guys (I just had to get that off my chest)

…Love yourself… Be your own version of beauty… and all that jazz ♡♫✌☺

Dance Moms is giving me fever

So I just finished watching the new episode of Dance Moms and I’m about to rant like crazy. Before I go off yes I do know this sow is ridiculously edited to create drama that really isn’t there.

Let me start off with this Mackenzie and Asia debate that has been going on forever. Asia and Mackenzie are different types of dancers. Asia does sassy jazz and Mac does cutesy acro solos and there is nothing wrong with that. On that day Asia won does that mean that she’s the best dancer in the entire world… NO! Competitive dance shows how well you are dancing on that day and plus they both have 11+ years to improve.  One thing that everybody needs to realize is these are children NOT professional dancers they’re allowed to make mistakes and learn from them!

Now on to the real reason why this show is giving me fever! Chloe and Maddie are given the same solo which sounds like a simple experiment. Yes Christie was right when she sad it was catered to Maddie (It’s lyrical and lets face it that’s Maddie’s style of dance), but there was no need for the theatrics with Jill spying on Maddie at her privates. Maddie is a student she is allowed to have privates to work on her solo if her mom lies about it and you know she’s lying just leave it alone. Another thing I was wondering was is this the only entertainment they have at 1 o clock on a weekday? 

When I say the two solos I thought they were great I’m not a diehard Maddie or Chloe fan I support all the girls, but personally I thought Chloe did better technicality wise (she has a natural dancers body so in comparison she looks better), but Maddie had the emotion. In the end Chloe won, the judges thought she was better THAT DAY AT THAT COMPETITION! Then of course Abby is upset and has the nerve to say she’s surprised Chloe won!?!? Chloe is one of your students didn’t you train her so she could win and be successful? So she has the scores checked and OMG it just so happens that Chloe didn’t really win Maddie did then all is well in Abby and Melissa’s world.

What really hurt me was to see Chloe cry when any of the girls cry my heart breaks for them. She danced very well and was given a complete confidence boost only to get that taken away from her! There was really no need for Abby to confront the Judges, but I’m not even going to go there tonight. To me all the adults are 100x pettier than their children.

… This is why I wish Dance Moms Miami was back (They were crazy stage moms but they were never this petty)… 

My Opinion of the Tony’s so far…

This is a commercial break so I have to be quick. Cinderella’s win for best costume design was well deserved. Bring It On’s performance had great energy but the vocals were rough in some places but Matilda’s performance is the one to beat. Introducing characters to present the winners is a great new touch. Still torn between Kinky Boots, Matilda, and Pippin. It’s on again I got to go.

Feelings

Okay, So I know I have not dedicated as much time to this blog as much as I would like to, but I just need to get some feelings out. This year has taught me so much about people and how they treat others. I have realized that so many people have hidden motives and don’t really want to help you just for the sake of helping you. Take for example volunteering for the past couple of years I have volunteered at a camp because I love kids. Every kid I talk to who volunteers only cares about hours and validation awards and appreciation. My school like most schools has to face the facts and lay off tons of teachers 70% of those teachers laid off are from the music department, So the board of education decides to award all these music kids publicly even though some of our favorite teachers are getting laid off. Why does everything have to be political and mechanical? Why can’t we just be loving? I just want to have hope for human kind again.

tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow

I’ll start my diet TOMORROW.

I’ll become a better person TOMMORROW.

I’ll study for that test TOMMORROW.

But I’ll live for TODAY TOMORROW.

… If you can’t start today what’s the point of doing it all…

 

Summer Theatre

Even though I was a little depressed that my parents wouldn’t let do a theatre intensive or camp because it’s too expensive. I am however doing a production of Avenue Q this summer!!!! I am so excited I really hope that I get a part in this one (my goal this year is to get a part with a name)!!!

I'm so excited I get to be in this musical

I’m so excited I get to be in this musical

A message for everyone

Happy Spring Break! Due to the fact that most of my friends are on vacation I’ve been alone for a couple of days which has given me some time to think. I’ve been thinking about life and my future and how unsure it is. Two years ago I was a freshman and I was so sure of my life I had my future tied up into a nice little package. Graduate high school then get into AMDA or NYU then become an actress or lyricist on Broadway. Obviously I was very young and naive, but now I understand how difficult it is to really be an actress. Here’s an example My high school recently put on a fabulous production of West Side Story and I remember every part of my audition. My vocal audition was without a doubt horrible and my dance was no better my acting was the only part I felt confident about, but as I watched others go through their acting I realized how much better I could’ve been. If there were cuts in this show I am sure that I would’ve been one of the first to be cut. I feel as though I would be so easily overlooked in the professional world because I lack almost everything a Broadway actress has: beautiful lines when they dance, powerful vocals, and amazing stage presence. So I am left with two choices either sit here and sulk or try to better myself in order to gain these qualities. So I am enrolling in dance classes next year and getting a voice and acting coach this summer. Even if this specific situation isn’t the same as yours the message I want to send is applicable to almost everything in life. If you want something (I mean you really want it with all your heart) you have to go for it and be willing to go through some serious sh*t to do it!

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