"So you wanna be a superstar? Work hard and never give up. You'll probably hear 'no' more than you will 'yes', but that will make the yes's that much more exciting. Perform as much as you can, because experience will make you a better actor, singer, and dancer. Seriously consider higher education and spending four years focusing on becoming better at your craft. Make the investment now so it can pay off big-time in the future."
—Josh Pultz, Senior Talent Agent, DGRW Talent
"For me, the idea of being a superstar is about remembering that there are many definitions of the word. Take the gift that you have and share it with the world...there's regional theatre, local choir, community theatre, church, and Teaching (which gets a capital T), to name a few. You just might discover that being a superstar to a neighbor or a kid is just as fulfilling as what you dream of at night."
—Julia Murney, Acclaim Award for Elphaba in Wicked (National Tour/Broadway) and Drama Desk Nominee for Queenie in The Wild Party
"Me, I've always followed the Renaissance poet, Sir Philip Sidney's advice: "'Fool,' said my Muse to me, 'Look in thy heart and write.'" It was only through listening to my own heart, trusting my instinct, that I conceived such a harebrained scheme as turning a nineteenth-century German Expressionist play into the rock musical Spring Awakening."
—Steven Sater, Tony Award winner for Best Book and Score of Spring Awakening
"Fake it till ya make it! No one is utterly confident—those who succeed and work consistently are those who have learned how to convincingly 'act' confident. Seriously! Be yourself, not who you think "they" want you to be—because ultimately, neither you nor they know what they want until they see it in someone authentically."
—Emily Skinner, Tony Nominee and Drama League Award recipient for Side Show
"If there is one thing that I have learned from my experience on American Idol, it is to always follow your heart and your intuition. It is usually always right. Take risks and just go for it because you never know where it may take you."
—EJay Day, Top Ten finalist, Season One of American Idol
"Preparation is paramount. Soak up your craft and show business in general— see and read plays and movies; study acting and audition techniques; take voice lessons; read Backstage and Variety. Take advantage of the wealth of information available to help make you a well-informed and well-rounded actor."
—Craig Burns, CSA / Casting Director / Telsey + Company (Wicked, Legally Blonde, Hairspray)
"At the start of my career, I used to say: "I'd rather be lucky than good." I was half right. I should have said: "I'd rather be lucky and good." Everyone gets his or her shot, sometimes even more than once. It happens at the crossroad of opportunity (luck) and preparation (being good). The key is to stay in the game long enough for opportunity to strike, and to be the best in your field when it finally does."
—Paolo Montalban, (ABC/Disney's Cinderella, Broadway's The King and I, Pacific Overtures)
"Do at least one thing every day to improve your skills and/or opportunities. For instance, take a dance class, vocalize, see a show, work on a song/monologue. Read! Get close to folks who share the same interests. And don't say you're right. SHOW you're right. After all, it's Acting."
—Daphne Rubin-Vega, two-time Tony Award nominee and original Mimi in Rent
"The most common misconception in this business is that you have to become something or fit a mold. The business is changing constantly and there is no longer a formula for success. People are creating their own success and platforms every day. Know yourself, celebrate yourself, and bring yourself to the table and you cannot go wrong."
—Jen Namoff, Owner, Intrepid Talent Management and Producer of the 2011 Tony Award Winning revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
"As thrilling as it is to sing and act in amazing songs and stories, meet incredibly talented people, or hear an audience give a standing ovation, you have to able to deal with a fair amount of rejection and lows. [You] have to be patient, and be able to run with the 'highs' as well as the 'lows.' To all the future superstars out there, learning this would be my biggest piece of advice."
—Joshua Henry, Tony Nominee for The Scottsboro Boys
"For me, acting has always been about striving to create something that is truthful, interesting, and new. In every aspect of my acting, whether that's at an audition, on stage in a show, or in front of a camera, I try to be honest in my intent, mine the material for clues about my character and make interesting choices for him, and find some new and unique way of delivering that information."
—Will Chase, (NBC's Smash; Broadway's Rent, Aida, The Full Monty)
"What really makes a "SuperStar" is a performer's willingness to share honestly and truthfully with the people directly in front of him or her. A "SuperStar" knows his or her own worth and doesn't flaunt it in the face of others. A "SuperStar" must first become acquainted with his or her beautiful and unique gifts, then selflessly share those gifts with the rest of us. That is when the "SuperStar" is catapulted into SuperStardom."
—Chad Kimball, Tony and Drama Desk Nominee for Memphis