We are joined today with one of Eryn’s favorite directors, Kim Granner. Kim Granner studied Art and thus, her original career choice was to become an artist but to make a living, veered off (in her words) and worked as a graphic artist for 30 years. She first became involved in theatre in 1992 starting out with props and painting scenery and then began doing some acting at the South Carolina’s Children’s Theatre here in the Upstate of South Carolina. The director of SCCT at that time took notice and asked her to teach drama classes at their “new” conservatory. Then in 1996 Ms. Kim was asked to direct a show there and she has been directing at least one show a year ever since.
In this episode we talk about Kim Granner’s journeys into directing and working today. Kim grew up knowing a lot about art and had dreams of being an illustrator. She also tells her story about how she never really studied theatre, but how it was put upon her.
They talk a lot about how those who get lead roles on Broadway typically grow out of the ensembles. Given that, actors/actresses must be able to dance very well…because if you can’t dance well, you will never make it in the ensemble, let along get a lead role. They also discuss how an actor should go about in choosing what is right for them as an actor.
Kim’s advice to give is to go for it with all of the training you get. Work hard to get to your goals.
Parents: Be supportive or else your child will get stuck. Be there with your child’s dreams!
In This Episode:
3:21- How do you get all of these different skills of yours done?
4:20- Where did you get all of your training done? How much of it was natural?
6:31- How important is your education in playing a part in being the professional you are today?
8:02- You wear so many different hats… How do you prepare yourself in being an expert in all of these fields?
9:10- When you were younger, did you have a specific vision or plan?
10:12- Did you ever take any classes to learn how to act and direct?
12:57- Take my audience and me through a quick process… How do you creatively approach a new project or a new show?
15:04- You were told that those who get lead roles on Broadway typically grow out of the ensembles. Given that, actors/actresses must be able to dance very well…because if you can’t dance well, you will never make it in the ensemble, let along get a lead role. Did that get that right? Do you think this is true? Are there any exceptions?
17:57- Do you think an actor should become a specialist and only audition for things that fall under your categories or should one take a shot at everything?
19:29- When you see a student actor perform, is there a certain spark that you look for?
20:32- Is there a magic formula for someone to be successful?
21:06- Should an aspiring actor put all of his eggs in one basket?
24:26- What advice, in closing, would you give someone like me or my audience whose goal is to work and perform on Broadway? Any words for the parents?
You can find more of Ms. Kim’s puppets, painting, costume design at www.kimgranner.com In fact, she is consulting with my Dad on the design of our new restaurant…