Eryn is has Rachel Izen on this episode of Going for Broadway. Rachel started at a young age performing, but mainly as a dancer. She studied at a conservatory that was purely dance training. Her transition into being an “actor” was really just auditioning for different opportunities. Rachel discusses how she ended up working in the West End and how she got her green card to be able to travel to the US where she toured and performed on Broadway in Mary Poppins and currently in Les Mis, in which Eryn got the chance to see her in.
Not only does she talk about her journeys towards performing, she also explains the rather exhausting work life of an actor balancing eight shows a week along any other gig you’ve signed up for. She goes into explaining her film work that comes through her agent and the difference between acting on stage and on television.
The show wraps up with Rachel talking about how to learn from experiences from going out and auditioning and learning from everything. She thinks that feedback from another person isn’t the most reliable to work with and to always continue to work on your craft.
In this Episode:
2:33- How long have you been performing and when did you decide that this was what you wanted to do?
3:20- Where did you get all of your training?
4:08- How has your training prepared you for all of your success today?
4:37- How did you end up here in New York on Broadway?
6:26- What is the difference between touring in the UK and the US? What is the lifestyle of touring?
8:33- What are the differences between performing at the West End and on Broadway?
9:55- How do you get all of these opportunities from going from one gig to another?
10:50- Are you having to learn some roles quicker than others in some circumstances?
12:00- Rachel talks about her experiences in regional theatre work.
12:51- How is working regionally different from working on the West End or on Broadway?
13:27- How are you able to keep yourself healthy with doing eight shows a week?
14:42- Did you get involved in the film and television work through your agent?
15:06- How is working in front of a camera different from working in front of an audience?
16:10- Have you have had training in film?
16:52- What did you see yourself doing when you were younger?
17:20- How do you recommend that one should get prepared in all the different fields of performing?
18:28- How are you able to balance out everything you do? Have there ever been times where you have had to take off of a current gig for another?
20:36- Do you have any advice for actors in reaching their goals in Broadway or going on tour?
22:29- Do you have any thoughts for the parents of these young actors?
24:18- So, what’s next?