Viewing those at the top of their game in any profession, it’s easy to be inspired. And when you want to become a Broadway star, it’s even easier to be influenced by those on the big stage – singing the songs you want to sing, acting out the scenes you want to be in and, well – living the dream. However, it isn’t easy to get there. By starting at the bottom and with a lot of hard work, determination and luck, you might get a shot if you take every opportunity that comes your way. There are basic steps that every single person who has made it big has taken.
Set yourself up for success by fixating on the following areas:
Training– Musical theatre training can truly benefit dancers and singers of other styles and genres in various ways. Not to mention, you never know when your studio or future company will take on a musical. It serves well to be prepared. After all, there is nothing easy about standing in front of large groups, speaking someone else’s words or singing someone else’s songs.You can never train “too much” for these things.
Networking–Connections are everything. Join online groups and forums. Take time to speak to the instructors and production teams after events and practices are over. Get to know others in the industry surrounding you. By doing this, you open up a window of opportunity for recommendations and referrals. If you’re fun to work with, these people will want to work with you again. Don’t overthink it. Put yourself out there. After all, it’s what you chose to do as a career anyway!
Opportunities–Shout a big, fat “YES!” to any opportunity that comes your way. Whether it’s a lead role, a background role or even on the production side, you showcase your flexibility and dedication when you say “yes.” Managers and producers remember that when selecting roles for future shows and productions, and your name will likely be at the forefront of their mind as a hard and passionate worker.
Learning by Observation– According to Brittany Conigatti, a Broadway Connection faculty member, musical theatre focuses on storytelling through so many factors: language, dialogue, lyrics and, of course, movement and choreography to communicate a message or story to an audience. Studying musical theatre rounds out a performer by giving them a very specific outlet to communicate and challenges those performers to communicate not only through the dance techniques they study but their entire self.
Becoming a musical theatre actor/actress is easier said than done, but if performing is what you love to do, there’s no reason you can’t make it happen for yourself. Follow these steps, and “break a leg!”