Finding the Perfect 16

This is the thought that I have been obsessed with for weeks now.  Coldly calculating a way to give myself the best chance to show off my talents to casting directors.  Picking 16 bars worth of music to sing is like picking a sentence.  Something that's exciting, a complete thought, but also shows off your personality, and oh yeah, hast to fit into what their looking for their shows.  It's stupidly hard in my opinion and constantly over thought.  So what did I do when I needed to pick my 16?  immediately started to over think it.  Of course.

This brings me to my voice lessons.  Part of what I love about them is I get to hand off my music to someone else who gets to think for me while I play around and explore all the different ways to express the song.  This is when the personal connection to the song happens.  Also I sing in front of the mirror, because I figure if I can connect with myself I can better connect with someone else; which falls along the same vein of loving yourself, so other people can love you- self-help, but actually helpful bullshit.  Back to my voice lessons though; and finding the perfect 16.  The best and only advice I can give to you is hand your music off to someone else you trust whether that be your voice teacher, your roommate, an honest stranger on the street, and work it till it clicks, and if it doesn't click so what?  Pick a different song, a song that you enjoy and repeat the process.  Stop making it a burden, and make it a game.  I hope this helps, and good luck to everyone picking their music for this audition season.  See you all there. ;)

New Line Theatre Show Tune Challenge

So, you may be asking yourself "What the eff is she doing?"  Recently I did Bonnie & Clyde with New Line Theatre, and the director Scott Miller had an idea for fundraising.  Instead of dumping a bucket full of ice on our heads; why don't we film ourselves singing show tunes.  Now, for some letting the world hear you belt out your favorite tune might be the equivalent of dumping ice on your head, but for others it sounds like a great idea.  In a nutshell this is how this video came into existence.

With that being said I would like to CHALLENGE EVERYONE! to complete the New Line Theatre Show Tune Challenge.  Post a video of yourself doing your favorite show tune to Facebook, and challenge your friends.  Have fun!  I know I did.

I've had a few people voice concerns to me that it is kind of skeevy to be doing this, because it devalues the ALS ice bucket from which this challenge is derived.  While I'd love to sum this up with "Imitation is the best form of flattery," I know that isn't going to cut it, so here is my explanation.  Bandwagon philanthropy has the primary purpose of raising awareness, and as a small local theatre company New Line Theatre needs that.  I would like to remind everyone that New Line Theatre is a non-profit organization, so no one is profiting off of any donations made.  Lastly some people may think that since this is not a disease, such as ALS, that it isn't something we should be donating to, but millions of philanthropic dollars go to arts in the community each year.  Just because this may be an organization you're unfamiliar with doesn't mean it deserves any less attention.


All the Best,

Larissa White