Acting in Plays, Singing/Just Curious

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Hi. My name is Kennedy. I'm 14 and wanted to make sure i was getting the right training. The theatre business is super unpredictable, but I feel like this is what I want to do with my life. I have been taking voice lessons for 7 years, piano lessons for 10, and dance classes for 6. I really want to pursue Broadway theatre. What would bee the easiest way for a girl in California to get an agent and get known in other areas?

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Thanks for your question. You obviously have a very clear idea of the realities of theatre and the acting profession, and you are just as obviously taking the right steps toward success in this field.

First of all, your preparation is great but (from what I gathered) not entirely complete. Voice, piano and dance lessons are all excellent steps, but don't forget acting classes and workshops too. Along with those, if feasible, consider auditioning for parts in community theatre productions - you can learn a lot even from "amateur" actors (many of whom I have found have much more professional attitudes and approaches than some storied professionals). And plan on continuing your education on into college; even if you get professional work right out of the gate, a college education will give you additional skills that will give you an edge and greatly enhance your understanding of the cultures and source material you work from.

Secondly, you ask a question most actors looking to make a living at their craft ask, and without an easy answer. In fact, attracting the attention of an agent can literally be a lifelong pursuit - it took a fellow actor in my current show nearly 30 years to get an effective agent. In this case, the only effective process is a single word: persistence. Find an agent you want to represent you and basically "pester" them until they contact you. That includes inviting them to every production and performance you have. It's the only way it's going to happen.

Lastly, if you are interested in Broadway, you'd better be ready to (a) move to New York, and (b) do whatever your ethics allow you to to live and succeed until you make it. And don't be in too much of a hurry - it sounds like you've got plenty of time to make sure your skills are sterling before attempting to break into the Great White Way.

And never forget to have fun. If you're not having fun, you're in the wrong profession.

Break a leg, and let me know how you do!

-- Spyder

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J. Spyder Isaacson

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Especially the Seattle theatre scene. Seattle is the number two theatre city of the nation, having more theatres than any other city (including Chicago!) except New York. I know the reputations of most of the local theatres, have worked with quite a number of them, and am currently earning the majority of my livelihood through live theatre. Beyond that, I have been a working professional for the past 10 years (after a long career in an unrelated field), have done just about everything in the field, and have done every possible type of theatre. Currently, I am also pursuing a new (and unexpected!) career as an animated film producer. (PLEASE NOTE that I am NOT an expert in music!) ***DO NOT*** ASK ME QUESTIONS REGARDING AUDITION SONGS OR MONOLOGUES - the answers require way too much information to be passed along by the All Experts system.

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I have been an award-winning actor, singer, playwright, director and administrator (on various levels, all categories) for the past 30 years. A large part of my expertise has been with live theatre, although I do have a minor connection to filmed theater. I have done musicals, straight dramas, straight comedies, and experimental theatre.

Organizations
Theatre Puget Sound Magical Mystery Troupe Centerstage Theatre Conservatory Board of Trustees (former) Express-Theatre Northwest (former) Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater

Publications
Unrelated trade publications

Education/Credentials
B.A. in Theatre Arts, Gonzaga University M.Ed. in Education and Technology, Western Governor's University (in progress)

Awards and Honors
Mutiple awards (ask for specifics), Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Valley Community Players, Best Supporting Actor

Past/Present Clients
C's Animation Studio Productions, LLC

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