Eryn talks with Adam Jacobs on this episode today. Eryn recently saw Adam in Aladdin on Broadway, and was thrilled to discuss with him what paths brought him all of his success today. He got the acting bug in high school and had many mentors that encouraged him to go on with his career and interest in the arts. He knew for sure when he felt the encouragement and the applause from the audience that this was what he wanted to do.
Adam goes through his training at university, his learning experiences in summer programs, and how this work as brought him his success today. He goes into the lifestyle of touring nationally with Les Mis, as well as his work on Broadway. He explains the differences of rehearsing and learning a show that has been running and is very established already, such as Lion King, versus being in the original cast of a production.
To wrap up the show, Adam talks about how the actor must tap into the magical part of himself to stay positive and keep on working. He tells parents not to be too worried and how the skills they can develop in college can be a great base and be transferred into any other career.
In This Episode:
2:49- When did you decide that you wanted to be an actor?
3:28- Did you see yourself at that time doing all that you have accomplished today?
3:55- Why did you choose to attend NYU and CAP21 for your education?
5:15- How has all of your training helped you with performing on Broadway currently?
6:22- How important and beneficial do you think it is to attend a training program or a university to study your craft?
7:47- Adam talks about some preparatories and summer programs he has attended. He explains how the training has helped him and how he has gotten involved with these.
10:29- His big break in Les Mis! How did you get into this tour and making it on Broadway?
12:24- What is touring with a show like?
13:27- What was the experience like of working with some very big time actors? What did you learn from them?
14:29- How are you able to keep working and getting from one show to another? Adam also talks about your reputation and how you treat others into helping you grow.
16:19- Coming in as a replacement for a show vs. originating as a role in a brand new show.
19:07- The rehearsal process for Aladdin and all of the changes and preview quirks that came along with it.
20:50- How do you keep yourself strong and healthy while doing 8 shows a week? Tips and hacks for staying healthy?
22:38- How do you balance out having a family along with performing all the time?
24:13- In closing, what advice would you give to aspiring young actors and their parents in helping them become successful?