Where are you from? Spokane, WA
What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? I love Broadway Backwards and the message it sends, I also find myself replaying the the sketches from Gypsy of the Year and Easter Bonnet over and over. “Mary Poppins Junior Edition” is one of my all time favorites.
What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? Orchestrations. As anyone in Mormon will tell you (while rolling their eyes) I am a definite music nerd. I love that a listener would never know our pit was only 9 pieces, it sounds so much larger than that.
What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? I’ve really liked watching HollywoodReporter.com Roundtable Discussions. They’ll take a group of featured actresses or movie score composers and sit them down, letting them all talk about their craft or experiences in the business. It’s really wonderful to hear how much love and hard work everyone pours into their job.
If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… Stephen Sondheim or Marc Shaiman. But I would hesitate to have coffee with either, mostly because the former would intimidate me and I would judge myself for not providing brilliant conversation and the latter I would just fan-out over loving his movie scores. (Addams Family anybody? Simon Birch?)
If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… J.K.Rowling. I’d like to just sit for a day knowing I could buy a castle. I wouldn’t even need to act on it. Just the knowledge of, “I could literally buy a castle,” would be enough.
To be successful in this business, it takes… 4 things:
-Work hard. Work your butt off. Take lessons, voice, dance, improv, whatever. Work, work, work like a mofo.
-Be nice. I cannot stress this enough. Know when to stand up for yourself obviously, don’t let yourself be walked on, but for God’s sake but cool about it. This business is hard enough without us all being jerks to each other.
-Have a life. When you have downtime from all that mofo hard-work and being a cool person, play sports, be a foodie, take road trips. Do anything that doesn’t involve theatre. You’ll be able to keep a lot in perspective and your D&D friends won’t hate you for desertion.
-Get a therapist. Yep. Have someone to vent to that isn’t your friends, coworkers, or significant other. This also helps keep perspective and you can look like a total jerk in front of them and thanks to the HIPAA code they can’t say anything about it!
Tell us a secret. I am completely off-book on the movie Clue. I am also transcribing the soundtrack to Final Fantasy 6. Some people build boats in bottles, I transcribe video game scores to Super Nintendo RPGs from the 90s…