Learn All the Jobs

Broadway veteran and child guardian, Lauren Hirsh shares her experience in a career that she didn’t set out to pursue. She shares insights on little-known Broadway careers and how to break into the industry.

What’s inside: 

  • 1:01 Artists and Stage Employees Unions
  • 3:58 What is a day-in-the-life of a Child Guardian on Broadway’s Frozen like?
  • 5:03 What are her responsibilities?
  • 12:48 How did she realize that this is what she wants to do?
  • 15:30 How did her dream transform?
  • 17:55 Was it easy to change her career focus?
  • 19:06 What does one have to study to become a child guardian?
  • 20:20 What’s the biggest difference between how she grew up and her lifestyle now?
  • 21:43 Is working on Broadway worth the busy schedule? Why do it? How is it rewarding?
  • 23:13 How do the children she works with keep up with school?
  • 24:46 Did she ever have a backup plan? 
  • 25:23 Growing up, was she exposed to artists around her?
  • 26:03 PROMO for Disney’s FROZEN
  • 26:32 What’s been the biggest risk? How did she prepare for it?
  • 27:08 What’s the story behind her “bad internship?”
  • 29:25 What rewards has she gained that would blow young Lauren’s mind?
  • 30:12 Is there job security?
  • 31:08 Has she “made it”?
  • 32:40 What theatre careers would surprise the public the most? 
  • 34:02 What has she had to deal with that she never expected? 
  • 34:53 What is the most misunderstood aspect about her job? 
  • 36:21 Is there anyone who inspired her? See it to be it. 
  • 38:16 How can a newcomer break into such a small community?
  • 43:28 What role does the ‘fear of unemployment’ play? 
  • 46:27 What artistic endeavors does she recommend? 
  • 49:51 What is her advice to current students?

Mentioned in this Episode:

Key Quotes:

  • “Looking back on all the experiences I’ve had… it makes sense for me to be where I am”
  • “It’s such a phenomenal thing that I get to do every day, so in the end it’s so worth it.”
  • “I wouldn’t trade my job for anything. I love it so much.”
  • “There’s going to be people who are going to pull this ‘authority, control’ thing because they can, and that’s not something that I’m going to put up with.”
  • “There’s so many people backstage all the time… people don’t know these jobs exist.”
  • You can make a career doing projections, styling wigs and being a hair supervisor, or being a star dresser or working in the sound booth.”
  • “You have to be so aware because you never know who is going to be able to help you in your next job.” 
  • “It’s really important that you like the people you work with.”
  • “You should learn as much as you can about all of the departments in theatre–all of the jobs.”
  • “Take that class that you don’t think you’ll ever need because you might need it and you might decide you really love it.” 

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