Live Q&A From University of Mississippi

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Originally posted for patrons at Patreon on January 28, 2020 at 2:24pm. I’ll add this today, December 3rd, 2021, I was so very sick during this interview and key note speech. It was only later my doctor confirmed it was Covid.

Live Q&A from UofM

One thing I know I won’t get to share with you guys live is my interaction with the musical theatre students at universities I get invited to. I thought you would find this fun and different. Here are some questions the students fired at me. Hope you enjoy!

  1. If you were able to give advice to your younger self when you were just beginning your career, what would that be?
  2. I saw Million Dollar Quartet. In the show, Jerry Lee was playing with his toes. Did you do that?
  3. How do you start out making connections and things? How do you get into the business?
  4. I was fascinated by watching you do what you do onstage night after night, and making it real. How do you do that every night?
  5. What are the main differences between professional film acting and professional stage acting and which do you personally find more rewarding?
  6. Are you a classically trained pianist?
  7. As you have gotten more involved in the entertainment industry, how has that changed your perspective not only of the parts you are performing, but you personally? Has it changed the way you see the art of performing?
  8. So, how do you personally balance having so many different careers and passions without feeling burnt out all the time?
  9. What is the most challenging role you’ve ever had to take on?
  10. What got you into theatre, film, and music? When did you realize that is what you wanted to pursue as a career?
  11. You mentioned you were doing a development of a musical. Can you elaborate a bit on what makes that difficult?
  12. Do you ever have doubts about pursuing your art?
  13. When you first started out, how did you support yourself while trying to get the job?
  14. When you are starting out, I worry about getting something that may not be true to who I am from a moral standpoint. How do you balance doing roles that can make a difference and not pushing the boundaries of what is acceptible?
  15. How would you like to be remembered?