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The Ensemblist is an inside look at the experience of being a Broadway performer- from the first rehearsal through performing eight shows a week and beyond. Whether you’re an experienced theatre professional or a passionate fan, The Ensemblist will give you the opportunity to get to know new performers and the great work they do onstage, while also shedding light on some of the hidden innerworkings of the Broadway experience. Created and hosted by Mo Brady (The Addams Family, SMASH) and Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Chicago, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), The Ensemblist is the only podcast that shows you Broadway from the inside out. 

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"Feelings Are Often Inconvenient but They're Never Wrong."

Mo Brady

by Stephen Brower

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Recently I had a really tough show. I was feeling a lot of pressure (self inflicted), making a lot of little mistakes, and no matter what I did, I couldn’t get out of my head. I cried during intermission. And as I was wiping my eyes and changing my clothes, I caught myself in the mirror thinking up mantras... “You’re amazing, stay calm, be better than this.” And you know what stuck?

Not a fucking thing.

I’m allowed to be sad, frustrated and too hard on myself. I’m allowed to fail at brushing it off. Tricking myself with a pep talk was not going to make things better. Accepting my feelings for what they were and doing my job anyway; that’s a game changer.

We often think of success and happiness as synonymous. But you can’t always be happy. That doesn’t mean you’re failing, it means you’re growing. If you can respect your feelings *shame free* and proceed with integrity... well that’s very, very cool and I hope to be more like you.

Feelings are often inconvenient but they’re never “wrong.” They are your compass. Walk towards something more fulfilling than “perfection,” it’s unattainable and uninteresting.