TWITTER WATCH: Lesli Margherita Offers Aspiring Performers Encouragement With Essay 'Here Is What I Know'

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While entertainers are certainly under no obligation to use their public platforms to address their fans, offer advice and share their personal experiences, it's very much appreciated and quite admirable when they do.

Olivier Award-winner, Lesli Margherita who won over Broadway with her comical performances in MATILDA and DAMES AT SEA, keeps a steady presence on Twitter as @QueenLesli. The name is a way of encouraging aspiring young performers who look up to her to think of themselves as the rulers of their own lives.

Her website, leslimargherita.com, now contains a personal essay, "Here Is What I Know."

"Many of you ask me for advice," she writes. "You ask me what it's like to have this career. You ask me how to pursue it when it seems like you can't or are scared to."

With self-effacing humor she questions her qualifications to offer career advice, but generously gives her views on what she knows about the business of being an actor.

"You picked a profession where you will be given the gift of feedback," she bluntly explains. "You probably didn't ask to receive this glorious gift, but you shall receive it."

She warns not to let the negative feedback, whether granted in person, through third parties or discovered on the Internet, defeat you; to keep doing what is in your heart and not what you think you should be doing.

Click her Twitter post below to read the full essay.

Lesli Margherita will be appearing in the new musical, A SCYTHE OF TIME, presented as part of the New York Musical Festival at the June Havoc Theatre (312 W 36th Street). A SCYTHE OF TIME is written by Alan Harris with music and lyrics by Mark Alan Swanson. It will be directed by David Alpert (IF/THEN), with musical direction by Ryan Cantwell (National Tour: Pippin, Finding Neverland). It will begin performances on July 21 and will run through July 26, 2016. Tickets are $27.50 and can be purchased by visiting NYMF.org.

Inspired by two stories from Edgar Allan Poe, A SCYTHE OF TIME takes us to London, 1881, where the public can't get enough of the infamously sensational Blackwood Articles, in which writers take their own lives and, in the process of dying, record their experience with death. On the other side of town, our heroine Signore Zenobia embarks on a quest to unravel the mystery of the articles in an effort to save her own magazine, and finds time pressing down on her as she composes a Blackwood Article of her very own.

On July 18th and 25th at 7:00PM Lesli Margherita returns to Birdland in BROAD, an evening celebrating the controversial women of yesteryear. Women who knew how to serve it up and dish it out. Women who took no prisoners and gave no apologies. All tickets $30-40, $10 food/drink minimum. Visit birdlandjazz.com.



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