We can't jump, but we can sing the high notes.
By Iris McQuillan-Grace (Writer)
We all have them. The songs and monologues that get us noticed, get us a callback, or get us the job. The pieces that show us off and make us stand out. If we don't have them yet, we envy those who do. But don't worry. If you don't have one yet, I have a simple equation to find one.
Listen to Michael Jackson. Its that simple. Here's mine:
What's that? Sound crazy? Listen, I'm not an über fan or anything, but the man is still considered the King of Pop and has twenty-one #1 hit singles. So he must have been on to something, right?
On the surface, MJ and I have only a few things in common. We both grew up singing with our siblings. We both have to stay out of the sun. We both love children (just not in the same way).
But once you listen to some of the songs he wrote you find the songs are lyric driven and still musically awesome. And here's the real kicker: they're fun! This is the real reason I think using "I Want You Back" has such a great rate of return for me. Because its fun! (Geoffrey Kidwell talked about this last week in his blog post about the french children he babysits for.)
We start performing because it is fun, because we connect to the undiluted joy that music creates just like she does:
OK. So the equation goes like this (I went to Emerson College so this might not be technically accurate):
You + Joy (MJ) = Callback
Try it and let me know how it goes! In the meantime, I have a thank you note to MJ's estate I need to write.
Iris McQuillan-Grace is an actor/ nanny/ teaching artist and recent MFA graduate from the New School for Drama.