Tell us about a moment you felt creatively fulfilled in the last year. Last year I revisited something that scares me: singing in public as myself instead of as character in a musical. I sang at two different venues in October: Broadway Sessions, produced and hosted by the wonderful Ben Cameron at The Laurie Beechman Theatre and Broadway Does Country, produced and hosted by my friend Bret Shuford at Feinstein's/54 Below. As performances, those were both "it's good for you because it's scary" activities, but the creative fulfillment part came from writing the arrangement for my Broadway Does Country song. I used to compose a fair amount in my 20s and 30s, and I miss it. It felt good to work on a chart for a song I loved and then to hear the band lift it off the page and into the air. Entirely fulfilling.
Talk about a moment (any moment, not just this past year) where you felt successful. I felt successful on my eighth performance as George in Kinky Boots this past February. It was my second Broadway show, my first Broadway musical. (I debuted in All The Way, but I never felt entirely successful during that run; happy-ish, but not entirely successful.) Of course my ninth show as George was another story. The feeling of success came and went during my two tenures at Kinky Boots, like it does. But when it was there, it was great. It was what I had imagined it would be, all those years ago in my bedroom in Americus, GA.
What is a career goal of yours in 2016? Book a television commercial voiceover.
What fuels your creativity? Externally? Art that is strong and singular in vision, very clearly of a specific artist; so much so that it seems inevitable and surprising at the same time. Internally? A volatile mix of confidence, curiosity, and a deep, deep fear of not belonging.