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.
- 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:
- The Geffen Playhouse, Revenge Song
- SAG Awards
- SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists)
- AEA (Actors Equity Association)
- IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees)
- Year of the Stage Manager
- Frozen – the Broadway Musical
- Billy Elliot
- Nice Work if You Can Get It
- Patti Murin
- Ann Sanders
- The King & I
- Charlie Underhill
- School of Rock the Musical
- Les Miserables
- Phantom of the Opera
- The Lion King on Broadway
- Frozen 2
- Caroline, or Change
- A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Kelbold
- “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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