I hope the start of this month has been productive and creative!
I have been extremely excited to get to work. For me, September means heading back to school, studying film acting technique at Stonestreet Studios. We are already two weeks in and I have found myself quite busy with my own growth as an artist, making plans for The Scout Archives, auditioning for musicals, and writing scripts to eventually put up onto the screen at school.
Of course, there are moments when something in the universe reminds you that although the art is constantly flowing and never stops, sometimes we are human and we need to slow down. Unfortunately, I sprained my foot days before a final callback and now find myself out of the audition game for now and hobbling around New York City in a boot. The more unfortunate aspect of all this is that this has happened to me for the past three years on the same week. Spooky. But it does remind me that I can get too excited about too much and it forces me to focus on what art is important, what I should be focusing on.
As I am slightly hindered by my injury, I look to my former teacher and now (dare I call her) friend, Laya Barak. It is quite surreal to me that the woman who shaped so much of me is on The Scout Archives. Laya has always been an incredibly important influence in my life and I have looked up to her quite possibly since the day I met her. Even as she taught our class from a chair when her ankle injury left her unable to dance full-out, I was mesmerized by the stoic badass-ness with which she held herself. I also found it quite hilarious that during our interview she voiced that she never knew how much her class meant to me. Although I was relieved to hear I had successfully played it cool all those years, I was glad Laya finally knew the truth about how I felt, because being a student in Laya’s class taught me a huge amount about commitment, hard work, and strength. Now Laya is the woman of the hour, choreographing and directing Broadway Bares, the BCEFA benefit concert that occurs every year and is a well-known celebration for the theater community. She is certainly a woman to watch and I am learning from her even years after leaving her Hip-Hop class years ago. Thank you to Laya and thank you to all of you for reading and for listening. I hope you enjoy learning about this badass boss lady!
Have a lovely September and we will be back next month!