Guest Blogger: Micah Young

Guest Blogger: Micah Young



BWW Blog: Micah Young - Say It LoudBWW Blog: Micah Young - Say It Loud
June 29, 2016

Many of us have a hard time accepting our own accomplishments. You might hear, "Congratulations!" And the knee jerk reaction might be, "oh well, I wasn't so great." The ability to achieve greets things is matched by the ability to knock ourselves down.

BWW Blog: Micah Young - Defying LongevityBWW Blog: Micah Young - Defying Longevity
June 28, 2016

Somehow we equate the amount of time we've been doing something to the quality with which we do it. Longevity does not equal competence. I am confident we could all think of someone who has been doing their job for a very long time, and might not be the best at it.

BWW Blog: Micah Young - Back To BasicsBWW Blog: Micah Young - Back To Basics
June 22, 2016

As we advance in our given profession, we become able to tackle more complicated and difficult tasks. When I started taking piano lessons, as many of us did, there was the beginner book, with increasing levels of difficulty. I'd work through one book, then to the next, graduating to the next level and so on. But are the more complex works better than the simpler ones?

BWW Blog: Micah Young - Does This Song Make Me Look Flat?BWW Blog: Micah Young - Does This Song Make Me Look Flat?
June 21, 2016

How do we know if the song or scene we use for an audition is the right material? Actors who come to an audition, make the judgement call about what to prepare; unless that decision is made for them by the casting team, who might dictate what songs/scenes to prepare. So how do you know if the song you are bringing to the audition is working for you?

BWW Blog: Micah Young - Climb Every MountainBWW Blog: Micah Young - Climb Every Mountain
June 14, 2016

Mountains are daunting and awe-inspiring. They leave us breathless and at the same time, feeling a little helpless. How do you climb the mountain? Every journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.

BWW Blog: Micah Young - The Beauty Is…
June 13, 2016

When we find a work of art beautiful, is it because we value the mechanics and technique, or the surface aesthetic? Is it purely one or the other? For examples: 'I love this piece of art because of the use of brush strokes and structure,' verses: 'I love this painting because it evokes emotion and is simply beautiful.'

BWW Blog: Micah Young - The Work Stands AloneBWW Blog: Micah Young - The Work Stands Alone
June 8, 2016

We hope to convey a clear message of our intentions. At least, I think we do. In a meeting, an audition, a conversation, it's important to communicate what you planned on communicating. In the performing arts, any number of messages can be conveyed. Sometimes we do not have the luxury of explaining ourselves; and sometimes we shouldn't have to.

BWW Blog: Micah Young - Counting ChickensBWW Blog: Micah Young - Counting Chickens
June 7, 2016

What is the goal in an audition? You want to book the gig, right? Who doesn't walk in the room hoping to book the audition? That said, there are a multitude of reasons for why people audition, within that hope of getting a job.

BWW Blog: Micah Young - Thems The Money PitsBWW Blog: Micah Young - Thems The Money Pits
June 1, 2016

As a child I was given the advice to do what I loved. I suppose making music for a living is just that: doing what I love. But there are times when I'm counting the hours, and calculating the fee, before the gig even begins; I'm thinking about the paycheck rather than the music. In any profession, we do need to be paid for our time and talents. But we should also enjoy the work.

BWW Blog: Micah Young - Music To HearBWW Blog: Micah Young - Music To Hear
May 31, 2016

Music has a story to tell. In a musical, the music informs us of the characters, the setting and the emotional journey. The same is true for TV and film; if you're ever watching a scary movie, and it becomes too intense, turn off the sound. The music is what drives the emotional intensity in many suspenseful scenes.

BWW Blog: Micah Young - Right OnBWW Blog: Micah Young - Right On
May 24, 2016

What would you do if failure was an option? What would you think if you didn't need to be right? I wouldn't suggest leaping off a cliff without a parachute, but I think there is pressure in all fields, to be right and to be successful. And who doesn't want to be successful? More money, more power, more opportunities. But when we are creating, or even having a discussion, being able to simply say, "I don't know" has a stigma attached to it.

BWW Blog: Micah Young - Perform At Your Own RiskBWW Blog: Micah Young - Perform At Your Own Risk
May 23, 2016

It is difficult to examine a situation with clarity. Often our passion for a project, our love for a job or our opinions about the people involved make it hard to make a clear-cut decision. There are some situations where our own well-being is at stake; it is in these situations we have to make the hard choice of staying in the situation or finding a way to remove ourselves.

BWW Blog: Micah Young - Happy TalkBWW Blog: Micah Young - Happy Talk
May 17, 2016

Ideas are only as good as the attention we give them. If you come up with the next brilliant idea, then do nothing with it, it's useless. And while not every idea is the next lightbulb invention, we need to write them down, cultivate them and brainstorm. There is a fine balance when we start sharing the ideas and everyone in the room starts sharing their idea.

BWW Blog: Micah Young - The Sound Of CreationBWW Blog: Micah Young - The Sound Of Creation
May 16, 2016

As performers we don't have the objectivity to assess our own performance. We ask each other, 'how did that go?' Or 'how did that feel?' But beyond the sensation we can instantly recall from our performance, we don't really know how we sounded.

BWW Blog: Micah Young - Ease On Down Your RoadBWW Blog: Micah Young - Ease On Down Your Road
May 10, 2016

There are a million reasons not to do something. Going to the audition seems overwhelming: you're tired, there's subway traffic. It's raining out. Practicing that song, or writing that scene just seems like too much work. But beyond the reasons you can find for yourself to not take action, there are a multitude of 'nay-sayers' in life, who casually if not directly, say "don't."

BWW Blog: Micah Young - I See MeBWW Blog: Micah Young - I See Me
May 9, 2016

The question we might ask ourselves is: "how do you see yourself?" Actors ask this and get asked this a lot; what role do you see for yourself? As a vocal coach and music director I will ask a performer what roles they'd like to perform, as a way to understand their aspirations but also how they see themselves.

BWW Blog: Micah Young - Timely Displays Of AffectionBWW Blog: Micah Young - Timely Displays Of Affection
May 2, 2016

Often we think of city-life and business as impersonal and without feeling. However, in the time-is-money culture, there is a difference between being time efficient and being cold-hearted. After seeing hundreds if not thousands of actors auditioning for a production, it's easy for the casting room to feel like a revolving door: one actor out, the next one in. There's little time to be overly cordial.

BWW Blog: Micah Young - By The Book 
May 3, 2016

Whether we like it or not, appearances matter, especially in auditions. How you look, dress, walk all tell the casting team who you are and how you think of yourself. Likewise your audition book is a representation of how you view your audition.

BWW Blog: Micah Young - I Got The Horse Right HereBWW Blog: Micah Young - I Got The Horse Right Here
April 26, 2016

If you rush the process, any process, your liable to miss a step or two along the way, and end up with a less than stellar product. If it takes 30 minutes to bake a cake, but you want it done in 10, it's not going to be a very good cake. Likewise trying to get results too quickly, without respecting the time of the process is putting the cart before the horse.

BWW Blog: Micah Young - Great ExpectationsBWW Blog: Micah Young - Great Expectations
April 25, 2016

Everyone who aspires, aspires greatly. That is a matter of perspective, but for the individual, their goals are great to them. Who doesn't think of their goals, and not make them the greatest goals possible? For each person there are the expectations they create for themselves, but sometimes the expectations are in fact detrimental to obtaining the goal.