december 22, 2015
In the performing arts — well, in any profession — as in life, be it money, relationships, hobbies, the pursuit of perfection or happiness, possibilities are endless.
Whether you create your own projects, collaborate with others, are hired for a gig, work a day job, marry a loved one, start a family, win the lottery or scrape by with pennies, possibilities of what life may bring you always exist. That is, of course, as long as you stay open to those that present themselves and seize them.
Negative possibilities may present themselves. Those that tell your instinct to run for the hills. Even those may bring about possibilities because if you run for the hills, who knows who you may meet at that new climb.
Lisa Bertrand Brathwaite
A Podcast Dedicated to the Men and Women of the Ensemble!
This week Aaron Kaburick!
BB: What is one thing that you learned while actively pursuing a NY stage career that you wish you would have known/learned before moving to the city?
KB: There are no rules and nothing is fair. That seems bleak, but I don’t mean it as such. It just means, I had to constantly adjust and remember that life is a journey. I had to quit measuring myself against others. It is so much more of a business than I thought it was going to be. The power of the people between you and the creative staffs overwhelmed me. I couldn’t believe how hard it was just to be seen for a project. My first job I booked out of NYC was a great lesson. I went to an EPA and was cut by the casting director basically when I walked in the room. However, the director (who wasn’t at the EPA) had worked with me once in Texas. I saw him on the street and he said I should come audition for his show (the one I had just been cut from). Of course, I go to his invited call and booked it! Don’t forget it’s a business. I put a lot of effort into denying that.
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BB: How/when did you get your first Broadway job?
GR: My first Broadway show came because of networking, timing, talent and luck. My first show was the 2008 Broadway revival of South Pacific. I had met the music director Ted Sperling a year before when he came to see a show I was in. Then, a year later, a friend suggested me to choreographer Christopher Gatelli for a workshop he was doing. After the workshop, Chris thanked his workshop cast by offering to try and get them seen for his upcoming projects, one of which was South Pacific. When I went in for the audition, I already had connections with both the music director and the choreographer. And the fact that I was really right for the show worked out for me.