This week's #BroadwayLife episode features Jonathan Freeman, who brings to life that sinister Sultan wannabe Jafar in Disney's ALADDIN on Broadway. It's a role he help create 27 years ago for the animated film, adding another iconic Disney villain voice to the history books.
Being authentic is one of those words that gets thrown around in this industry. It’s confusing for many of us because authenticity can seem so subjective. To help you navigate all these big buzz words, here are some steps that I use to be more authenticity in my relationships.
We must start to treat our careers the way we treat our craft! When we are feeling unsettled or afraid, it’s usually because we are living in the past or the future, not the present. Here’s how to practically apply this to your life as an actor.
In this week’s #BroadwayLife episode, Jay Armstrong Johnson and I discuss his early childhood as a professional performer, booking his first Broadway show without an agent and the glorious Halloween side project that fills his creative well.
How many times have you been in a note session, and you hear the other actors defensively explaining their choices on stage? It’s because they feel exposed. It’s a natural reaction to be sensitive in that situation. We’ve all done it at some point, but here’s something to remember before your next notes session with a director.
We are told over and over that if you’re gonna complain about being on Broadway, then don’t do it. But it’s a tough pill to swallow when your dream becomes a “job”. Here are my suggestions to use in stifling situations to help you change your perception from complaint to creativity.
I have a friend who refuses to watch the Tony Awards because of the insecurity it brings up in her. So, if you normally hide from award show press, I hope this little counterpoint I’m offering will help you to look at this night of celebration differently.
When you go to a lot of auditions, it can be easy to put more (or all, in some cases) emphasis on booking the job, but the most important thing we need to do in this business is focus on relationships. Here is an exercise to help you access the relationships you currently have and find new ways to build on them.
This #BroadwayLife episode is with an actual Disney king. Alton Fitzgerald White originated the role of Mufasa in the first National Tour of Disney’s The Lion King and then took over the role in the Broadway company. He drew on his vast Broadway experience, as well as his deep-rooted dedication to service, for inspiration while writing his new book MY PRIDE - Mastering Life’s Daily Performance.