DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 3

November 21, 2013

Ready for another Student Spotlight? Meet Cody. In the short time I’ve known Cody I’ve already uncovered that he has a vigor for learning and a willingness to embrace the process. It’s super exciting from a teaching perspective… but enough from me! Learn more about him here:

Davin: Hey, Cody! Tell us a little bit about yourself - where you’re from, what you do - that kind of stuff?

Cody: Hey! I’m Cody, as is obvious. I’m from Phoenix, Arizona, born and bred in the desert. I moved to Chicago two years ago to pursue improv comedy and performance. Nowadays, I’m a graduate student in Game Programming at DePaul University. I love long walks on the beach, and I listen to musicals waaaaay too much (my neighbors get my amazing rendition of Bring Him Home at least once a day.).

Davin: So, why voice lessons?

Cody: Oh no, you’re in for it now. I’m a mushy kind of guy, so this answer has to get deep. I love singing. In fact, before I “discovered” musicals and took voice lessons, I can honestly say I could never have foreseen how much joy it brings me. As a performer, the metric by which I measure my success is how honest and vulnerable I am on stage. It’s exhilarating and liberating to get that emotional resonance, and singing is the pinnacle of that to me. I mean, people in musicals sing because they feel TOO HARD to not sing, unbelievable! Once I realized how much I liked doing it, I decided I had to do it well or not at all, so voice lessons it is.

Davin: Are there any take aways from lesson thus far that you find surprising?

Cody: Well, I found out I’m a tenor! So that’s one thing. I had thought I was a baritone because I never really pushed or tried to get into upper registers. The second you told me I was a tenor and we hit that high B (even though it sounded like a screech), a switch in my brain was flipped. Now I don’t second guess whether I can sing certain things, I just attempt it. If I fail, I know it’s mechanics and not physical limitations, so I can look at the toolbox we’re building to see the problem, address it, and try again. It’s awesome. I love it, and I can hear improvements already (mostly associated with the confidence you give me).

Davin: Cool! Where can we see you coming up? Any improv stuff we should know about?

Cody: I perform every week with Buddy, my two-person show with my good friend Fred. Check us out on facebook! I also have a few show runs coming up around the city. Hopefully you’ll see me singing on stage sooner than later. Thanks Davin!

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