Natalie Wisdom is originally from St. Louis, Missouri where her love of performing began at the St. Louis MUNY in 1995 when she performed in the Children’s Chorus of Cinderella. She had trained all throughout her life in the performing business and went to Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts and moved to New York shortly after Graduation with a BFA in Musical Theatre. After college, she moved straight to New York and worked professionally in regional theatres. She then made her way to her Broadway debut in Billy Elliot, as the Female Swing for the Womens’ Ensemble. Currently, she is on the national tour of Matilda!
Throughout this episode, Natalie tells great stories about the processes of being an actor. She discusses her time in school and how it has made her into the professional she is today to her experience in auditioning for shows and the development of her own work.
Natalie believes that most students straight out of high school would have the best time going to school. Even though directors don’t really look at whether or not you have a degree, doing classes can definitely broaden more horizons. On the other hand, schools can help you network and give more connections and things to talk about. So it really all depends on the needs of the actor and how he or she goes about in the industry.
Be familiar with the genre your auditioning for and always keep up with what’s going on in the world is Natalie’s advice. Along with that, never stop training!
Be supportive of your fellow actors and don’t take rejection to heart… you can’t change the way you look or the way you are, so embrace it!
“Be the best you you can be, but don’t try to be someone else.”
In This Episode:
2:00- You decided early to become an actor…from your acting experiences as a child at the MUNY? How much of your childhood training has helped you to be the professional you are today?
3:30- Why did you choose Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts?
5:47- What was your vision in moving to New York?
6:39- Natalie then talks about the process of landing in her Broadway debut in Billy Elliot.
10:49- Did you get your equity card before getting to New York? How?
12:16- When casting national tours, do they usually pull from the Broadway production?
14:04- How are you able to keep up with all of the ensemble tracks as well as some of the lead roles as a swing?
16:29- You recently wrote your own Musical. Now that is impressive! Did you do everything? The script, all of the songs, do you have the blocking and choreographing in mind also? How does that work?
18:15- Tell us about wanting to start your own theatre company!
19:51- Now this is off the topic of Musical Theatre, but I see where you do different accents: British, Cockney and Geordie…
21:30- How important do you think it is to go to University or train in programs for the performing arts and investing that additional 4 years versus just start auditioning for jobs and going for it?
25:42- What advice do you have for young actors in pursuing a career in performing?
28:16- How’s Matilda going so far?