July 20, 2012
HOMETOWN: Albuquerque, NM
FIRST BROADWAY SHOW I SAW: “Phantom of the Opera”
BROADWAY DEBUT: “RENT” '98
WHEN DID YOUR BROADWAY DREAM COME TRUE: Joining the cast of RENT truly was a dream come true. I come from a mainstream pop/rock background— even though I utilized theatre options along the way of my youth (I used every opportunity to perform that I could... school, church, local and regional theatre). However, being cast in a show that was laying a new foundation of what the terrain and landscape of the next page of Broadway would be like was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I am grateful that that was my first Broadway experience.
PRE-PERFORMANCE ROUTINE: I do minimal "vocalizations" to be completely honest. Mostly I sing along to records that I know backwards & forwards and that I know will get me warmed up enough without fatiguing me prior to curtain. Ben Fold's "Rockin' The Suburbs" is one of those records.
FUNNIEST ON-STAGE MISHAP: I can't say that there's one isolated incident that has happened on stage for me regarding a "funny mishap". I will admit, however, that I frequently space lyrics of songs— no matter how many times I've sung them. It's the thorn in my side. Fortunately, I'm really good at covering up the real lyric with jibberish that SOUNDS like the true lyric. When it's in your body to such an extent, you can at least fake the sonic characteristic of words and phrasing.
BEST ADVICE TO STUDENTS PURSUING A CAREER IN THEATRE: I believe that utilizing any performance opportunity AND surrounding yourself with talents that are better at you— talent who you can glean experience from— is priceless regardless of what the project or show is. It may not be your style of show, but you can always learn something from an experienced actor and singer.