Eryn is joined by Suzanne McCalla on this episode of Going for Broadway. Eryn has worked under Suzanne’s direction at the Greenville Little Theatre since 2009, and is a dear friend to her. Suzanne joined GLT in 1993. She is head of design; designing costumes and sets for the past twenty-one seasons. Suzanne’s early career was spent primarily at The Dallas Theatre Center with legendary director Adrian Hall and Tony Award winning designer, Eugene Lee. Their vision of theatre has always been her primary source of inspiration.
Suzanne talks about being in the right place at the right time to help you get success, as well as having connections. The two discuss auditioning for everything versus things that you are only good for. She believes that you must know what you are good that, and only audition for those certain opportunities and not go out for something that you aren’t the best at. Of course, you can work your way up to getting that skill, but that shouldn’t be the start of it. Know yourself!
Suzanne’s word of advice comes from being able to have lots of life experience, keep your eyes open, and know that there are many ways of working your way up. She says to meet lots of people as well. Parents, keep those checkbooks open; be an investor and supporter in the arts!
In This Episode:
2:38- Was all that you have done today part of a grand master plan you created at a young age?
3:54- What about the theatre has gotten you hooked onto it?
4:38- Suzanne talks about her experience with working at the Dallas Theatre Center with Adrian Hall and all that she had envisioned at the time.
9:49- How was your training at the USC in the performance arts like? Why did you choose this program and go about going into the “correct” major?
12:00- How did you prepare yourself in being successful in all the different fields of the theatre?
14:14- Do you think that an actor must be able to dance very well to make it big in New York or on Broadway?
15:51- How does an actor prepare for all of the genres of acting? How should one choose their focus and spend their time into these fields?
18:08- When you see an actor perform is there something special or some kind of spark you look for?
19:34- Is there a magic formula that an actor must have to become successful? How does having lots of life experience play into your success as well?
23:57- Should an aspiring actor put all of his eggs in one basket? How can life skills help you?
26:36- What advice do you have for young actors and their parents for working in the business?