Eryn welcomes on a friend that she has worked with many times before, Griffin Binnicker. Just starting his freshman year at the University of Michigan in Musical Theatre getting his BFA in Musical Theatre, Griffin is from right here in South Carolina. Doing shows growing up all the time at community theatres like the South Carolina Children’s Theatre where he was in a number of productions including The Sound of Music, A Christmas Story, he has always had the love for performing. In high school, Griffin attended the residential program at the South Carolina Governor’s School of Arts and Humanities in the Drama Department. His senior year, he competed in the YoungArts Competition where he was a finalist and gave a killer performance of “Moving Too Fast” from the Last Five Years.
Still continuing as a student, the Going for Broadway episode gives a good perspective from an actor who is still learning himself. In this episode, Griffin talks about his path to reaching his career goal of a working actor. He talks about his experience through the Governor’s School on to college. He explains the processes of auditioning, the National Unifieds, the YoungArts competition, and college.
When choosing a college, Griffin recommends to always visit the campus. Once he was accepted to other colleges like Carnegie Mellon, he took a trip to schools he had to choose between. Being on the Michigan campus just clicked for him. He knew that this was where he needed to be. He also tells young actors to always stay curious and observant of people unlike you because that is what you are going to approach as an actor.
Parents, even though you may not understand the craft that your child has fallen in love with, please try and stay supportive. Just because your child loves art doesn’t mean their gonna end up waiting tables
“If you have the drive, and you have the dream, go for it!”
In This Episode:
1:52- What is your main career goal?
2:24- When did you decide that you wanted to be an actor?
3:53- Did you come up with a certain path of going through different training programs and community theatres while deciding your career?
6:07- Let’s talk about the Governor’s School! Did you do both the summer programs there?
7:07- Does the environment or “feel” of living where you study the craft give a different aspect to the experience of it?
8:46- And you, like me and the majority of my audience, want to pursue musical theatre. Was it hard to get that type of training from Gov School?
11:08- Can you tell us about the YoungArts competition that you did your senior year?
14:03- Griffin explains the crazy experience of the National Unified Auditions in Chicago…
16:08- What were the requirements for applying to the University of Michigan?
18:10- What other schools did you apply for? Were there certain ones that you were tied in between?
20:06- What should you take in to consideration when choosing your right program?
21:31- Did you visit all of the schools you applied for?
22:04- What kind of program and training will you get from University of Michigan?
23:05- Is there any other advice you would like to give me and my audience in continuing to learn through being an actor?
24:59- Do you have any thoughts to share with the parents of these aspiring actors?