On this episode of Going for Broadway, Eryn is joined by Sean Seymour. Sean had just graduated from the University of Michigan in the class of 2014, and is currently on the road in Cinderella in the ensemble and as Prince Topher’s understudy. He has also participated in many regional theatre and school productions starring in the majority of them. At the University of Michigan he was the Pete/Dance Captain in Crazy for you and Marius in Les Mis. His regional theatre credits include Eugene in Grease, Mark in A Chorus Line, Dennis in All Shook UP, Gallypepper in Sea Legs: A Nautical New Musical, and Billy Boy Bill/ Dance Captain in Urinetown.
Sean and Eryn discuss his wonderful training in college. He discuss why he chose the University of Michigan, and the various musical theatre classes that came in his training. Sean is a very strong believer in going to school to study. He grew up with the notion that education comes second in life to health, and that getting training is truly the biggest preparation that one can receive in building a career. Also, with going to school, there comes showcases and connections that help you get opportunities in the industry. Sean shares with us his story about how he got on tour from a possible connection with Michigan, and his journey with Cinderella.
Sean’s word of advice is no “never look to the side, look forward.” Don’t rely on what other people do or tell you for it will hold you back. Don’t compare yourself to anything or anyone, just focus on improving and trying different things with what you want to do. Have faith in yourself!
Parents, even if it is so easy to say no, you must be willing to accept your child’s passions and desires. If they are truly committed to the wanting to pursue this career, then allow them to have that. If they honestly believe that they can make it and has decided that this is what they want to do with their life, then don’t take that away from them… It will be all worth it!
In This Episode:
2:04- So Sean, when did you decide that you wanted to be an actor?
2:49- Why the University of Michigan? What kind of training did you get there?
7:00- Have you trained anywhere else besides at Michigan?
8:11- How has all of your training prepared you for touring nationally today?
10:05- How important do you think it is to go to University for the performing arts and investing that additional 4 years versus just start auditioning for jobs and going for it?
12:28- What came after graduating from college?
16:01- When did you get all of your reginal theatre credits?
17:09- How have these productions helped you to be the professional you are today?
20:49- What is like touring nationally?
22:43- When you are a swing, how do you keep up with so many different parts?
24:34- What’s the next step for you?
25:50- What advice do you have for aspiring young actors in reaching their goals in acting and potentially being on Broadway or going on tour?
28:37- Any thoughts for the parents?