DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 7

January 29, 2014

Hey All! I’m looking forward to you learning a bit more about Chad! Chad is a lot of fun to work with, and committed to the seemingly slow progress that is going to yield big results! I’m excited for his growth as a singer and for you to get to know him more… so, on to the interview.

Davin: Hey, Chad! Tell us a bit about yourself… where you’re from? What you do with your days? etc.?

Chad: Well hello, Davin! A bit about myself: Wisconsin born and raised, I moved to Chicago two and a half years ago, after I finished a post-grad stint with an outdoor Shakespeare festival in Iowa City, IA. Since arriving, I feel like I’ve done a million things – I work as a business development and marketing assistant for a regional consulting firm by day, and by night I’m (almost) anything in between! I’ve acted in a handful of shows, I produce my own work with one of my best friends from college, I develop marketing materials for various theatre groups, I drink a lot of coffee, I run, I photograph, I attempt to rehab my parents’ hand-me-down furniture and, when I have the time, I play on an intramural dodgeball team. 

Davin: Daaaang… that’s a lot. So, why add voice lessons to the mix?

Chad: A couple things. First, I had decided last spring that it might be time to take a break from acting because, one – I was exhausted, and two – I was feeling a little dissatisfied with myself. I felt like I needed time to do some developing, and I wanted to do it in a place that felt less “perform-y” and a little more just for me. 

Second, singing terrifies me! I used to sing a lot as a kid, just for fun, but somewhere in the midst of adolescence I dropped it because it wasn’t “cool” or I wanted to fit in or something ridiculous like that. When I started acting at the end of high school and into college, and then chose to pursue acting as my major, singing became that piece of the performing puzzle that I just couldn’t tackle. So, I figured what better time than now to start conquering a fear AND still have a creative outlet, even though I’m not currently acting? 

Davin: Do your goals now feel different than what they were when you first started?

Chad: I don’t think so… Maybe? I came in hoping to develop a more disciplined voice and gain confidence as a singer. Those are definitely still my goals, but I think my perception of HOW I’m going to get there has changed. The biggest shift has been realizing that in order to progress and gain confidence, I have to embrace the potential for risk taking and making mistakes. That whole one step forward, two steps back, definitely applies to me and sometimes I forget to treat those moments of learning through mistakes as gifts. So I suppose my new goal (dare I say, a resolution for 2014?) is to let go of my control and see where my voice can take me when it’s uninhibited by fear.

Davin: Oooo! You’re speaking my language. Letting go of fear. Imagine if we all did that? Any parting words for someone else wanting to get back into singing regularly?

Chad: It really does feel good, plain and simple. Sometimes I kick myself in lessons when I’m not getting where I want to be, and I think “Oh no, Davin probably thinks I’m miserable here, or just a basket case!” But regardless of my failures or triumphs in the studio, I always leave with a sense of accomplishment and a little bit more resolve to chip away at my technique. Also, it doesn’t hurt to wander the streets of Chicago with so many great melodies stuck in my head. 

Davin: Thanks, Chad!

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