I believe that to be successful in the entertainment industry, you have to be narcissistic to some degree. If you weren’t, the amount of criticism, let downs and “no’s” would send you into a depression. It’s a necessary and useful trait.
I had the opportunity to perform for all sorts of charitable organizations growing up: The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Make a Wish Foundation, Hospice, Angels of Charity, AIM and Veterans Fundraisers. It was something that formed my adolescence in a great and powerful way. As I moved through life and career, that pull towards giving back has never left me. As a professional singer and owner of a performing arts studio, I find myself surrounded by many entertainers, some aspiring and some professional. Although the life of a performer is one of constant hustle and self-promotion, I always encourage those around me to make the time to use their talents to give back. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.
1. The organization gets top-notch entertainment if it’s fundraiser event, which draws in more donations and patrons to the worthy cause.
2. You get great exposure as an entertainer with the potential to book additional performance engagements as a result (I always got a least 1 singing engagement from these events every time).
3. You step away from the narcissistic daily “me” routine of a performer and become part of something bigger than yourself
What causes are you passionate about? What issues are near and dear to your heart? Reach out to those groups and organizations. I challenge you to take the initiative today and call 3 organizations and offer up your talents to them for their next event or gathering. The good that you give, you will certainly receive.
We’re so excited for Angella Barnes, a TSS vocal student who has been training with Deb Bowman, and her upcoming appearance in Les Miserables, presented by the Performers Warehouse at the Alliance Theatre (1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309) and directed … Continue reading →
Performing Under Emotional Pressure This is my first blog post with TSS and I am thrilled to share my voice with such a talented panel of instructors and our artistic clientele. During my time training and working with students in … Continue reading →
Chin Up! Any and every career is going to have it’s own set of challenges. One of actings unique challenges is the constant rejection. Lucky you! Not. A career in acting is very similar to job hunting: you submit applications … Continue reading →
Importance of Experience Signing with an agent can be difficult and usually takes awhile, signing with the right agent can be even more so. Some actors jump into the process of finding an agent before he/she is ready, and doing that can … Continue reading →
TSS vocalist Sarah Geary recently starred as Tina in Ruthless The Musical at the Campbell High School. It was a hilarious top notch production and we are so proud of her accomplishments. Sarah thanked Tara Simon Studios and her coach, Deb Bowman, in her bio.
Jump In and Take a Risk One of my acting student’s recently submitted an application to audition for the annual Unified Auditions which take place in Atlanta every spring and if accepted to audition, you have the option of performing … Continue reading →
It’s just a job I meet with my acting and spiritual mentor on a monthly basis. One thing we have been talking about is how the career is ultimately just a job. It’s not who we are, it’s what we do. And … Continue reading →
Closet Creative I find it amazing that I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like some sort of music. I’m sure those people exist somewhere but I’m yet to meet any of them! Music definitely divides opinion but as I talked … Continue reading →
…you should see the outtakes from his recent interview with us! Alex is such a ham and constantly steals our hearts.