BWW Feature: BROADWAY MASTERS is the Perfect Online Training Program for Aspiring Performers
Growing up far away from New York can be challenging for many young performers: missing out on great opportunities and classes to grow, train, and become the best that they can be. Thankfully, a new online masterclass program by Marcus Lovingood and Paul McGill is giving hopefuls an inside look into show business through the eyes of some of today's most successful performers.
The program, Broadway Masters, includes 45 minute long interviews with Taye Diggs, Anthony Rapp, Laura Osnes, Jon Rua, Courtney Reed, Charlotte D'Amboise, Nick Adams, Lindsay Mendez, and Kurt Froman. Each go into depth about their journey in the business, lessons and hardships they faced, and advice they would give to aspiring performers.
"Most Broadway hopefuls are in rural cities and far from the opportunities of going to a conservatory or even having a solid theater department at their local college. Now through the power of the internet, we are able to bring the secrets, tips and tricks from the masters themselves to students across the world with the click of a button and a Wi-Fi connection," said producer Marcus Lovingood. "Students are looking for the street smarts, trade secrets and the vital information that will give them an edge on the competition...in Broadway Masters, we teach the stuff they don't teach in schools."
Diggs, for instance, talks about his struggle with racism as a performer, while Laura Osnes discusses dealing with rejection. Nick Adams talks about the struggles of performing eight times a week and Lindsay Mendez discusses stepping into the powerhouse role of Elphaba.
My favorite part of Broadway Masters is the honesty of it all. Nowadays, it seems as though many are afraid or timid to discuss hardships or missed opportunities. Broadway Masters shows exactly what it's like to be a performer: both the positive and negative. All in all, Lovingood and McGill's program is a phenomenal tool for people all around the world aspiring to pursue a career in performing, something I wish I had growing up.
For more information, visit www.BroadwayMasters.org. Considering purchasing the program? Tune into a livestream of Lindsay Mendez's interview this Thursday, December 1, at 5p/8e on the Broadway Master's Facebook page.