Explore Us: Episode 04 feat. Grace Anne @ Totally Graced - Theatre/Performing Arts


Time has been absolutely FLYING, y’all. Today we’re screaming over episode four of the Explore U.S./Explore Us series!! My brilliant and fabulous friend Grace Anne is here to guest post today! EVERYONE GIVE HER WAFFLES AND A HUGE WELCOME. She is stellarific and you neeeeeed to follow her okay? Thank you again, Grace Anne, for being a part of this!



01. WHAT IS ONE THING THAT YOU ARE CURRENTLY EXPLORING?

Hey, Abbie! First off, thank you so much for having me on your blog! I’m so excited to be here:) 

I’m constantly exploring musical theatre and other performing arts. They’re a huge part of my life, as anyone who’s talked to me can definitely tell you. I tend to go off on rambling theatre tangents quite often. Sorry about that, guys!


02. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT PERFORMING ARTS?

Oh my gosh, SO MANY THINGS! The whole world of performing arts just fascinates me. I love how you can become a completely different person through a character. I love the gigantic process of putting on a show, that takes months, and then all comes together to bring the audience into another world. I love how much FUN it is -- singing and dancing and creating just bring me so much joy. I love all the technicalities of backstage, and how everything has to be timed down to the minute for it all to go smoothly. I love the adrenaline rush of stepping onstage -- there’s no other feeling like it. It’s my favorite thing to experience. I love the stories, and how they can be told through songs and dances. I love the bonds that are formed -- when you’re practicing with people for months, it’s impossible not to grow close. You become a family, and it’s really amazing. I just love almost everything about it -- it’s shaped me into the person that I am.


03. WHO OR WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO START EXPLORING THIS?

To be completely honest, I don’t entirely remember. I’ve just always loved performing. When I was two, I was always singing and dancing around and wanting to perform. It was kind of a natural thing for me, I guess. My sisters and I would put on shows in our living room for our parents and our grandparents, where we would dress up and sing Disney songs. I remember one show was super intricate- we had tons of costume changes going back and forth from princess to princess. It was so much fun. I took lots of classes when I was younger, too- theatre and dance classes. The first show that I auditioned for was Annie when I was seven, and I didn’t get in, but I kind of consider that to be the start of it. After that I just took more and more classes, and ended up being involved in the theatre world more and more.


04. HOW DO YOU REACT TO PEOPLE WHO "DON'T APPROVE" OF WHAT YOU'RE DOING?

I’ve been lucky enough to not encounter too many people who have disapproved, or at least haven’t been blunt enough to vocalize it. To be completely honest, I would probably just ignore them, or they would inspire me to work harder and prove them wrong!


05. WHAT IS THE 'EXPECTATION VS REALITY' OF THEATER?

Haha, I love this question! Let’s see. I feel like there are lots of stereotypes that could go into the “expectation vs reality” category. A lot of times, people assume that if you do theatre, you’re super extroverted and confident, and trust me- that’s not always the case. I also think that people typically think that theatre isn’t that big of a deal, it’s easy, that singing and dancing aren’t hard work, and you just go around in pretty costumes all of the time. Dear lord. I could tell those people some stories. The reality is that it’s a lot of work, the entire process is draining both physically and mentally. It’s a huge time commitment, and I hate to break it to you, but a lot of the glamour that you see isn’t acually there. You don’t always get the flawless makeup and costume. For one of my first shows, I had to smear fake dirt all over my face. Height of glamour, ladies and gentlemen.

A few other expectation/realities to keep in mind:

     Expectation: “We’re going to run this one more time, and then you can go home!”
     Reality: *runs it 27 more times*

     Expectation: Costumes will fit perfectly!
   Reality: Alterations are being made literally during the show. (Praise the lord for amazing costumers!!! The ladies who costumed out last show were phenomenal.)

     Expectation: Rehearsal is scheduled to end at seven. You can then go home, relax, spend time with your family, and sleep.
     Reality: You finish at eleven and don’t get home until midnight.

     Expectation: Tech stuff is going to go perfectly! No big deal!
     Reality: Music cues are messed up every other song.

     Expectation: A fog machine will be a great visual effect!
     Reality: It poisons half the cast and gives them all laryngitis.


06. NAME THREE PEOPLE/THINGS THAT INSPIRE YOU TO KEEP EXPLORING THIS:

Ooh, I love this question! Let’s see. Definitely my dance teacher and choreographer, Ms. K. She’s incredible, one of the most talented people that I’ve ever met, and she’s constantly pushing me to be better. She’s helped me to grow so much.

This is slightly pathetic, but I’d also have to say that another thing that inspires me to keep exploring theatre is the fact that I am a very competitive person. Guys, it’s bad. If you tell me that I can’t do something, I’m automatically going to work my tail off to try to prove me wrong. So I kind of end up competing with my own mind. I’ve never gotten a very large role before, I’m always in the ensemble. Which, don’t get me wrong, is AMAZING. I actually really love being in the ensemble. It’s super fun, and you get to be in incredible dance numbers. But I’ve always wondered what it would be like to get a larger role, so I’m in a bit of a constant competition with myself, trying to get to the point where I’m good enough for a bigger role.

Lastly, I’m always just really inspired by people who are able to make it in the theatre world. Whenever I see a professional production, I’m insanely inspired by the talent that everyone involved has, and it makes me dream of being up to that caliber. If you ever want to see some real talent, look up videos of Jeremy Jordan, Laura Osnes, or the goddess herself, Kristin Chenoweth. You’ll see why I’m inspired.


07. WHAT WORDS OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN EXPLORING PERFORMING ARTS?

Don’t give up. Whatever you do, don’t give up. It’s going to be hard, but it’s also going to be SO worth it. Be willing to put in time and effort, and just be persistent. Also, trust me when I say this – enjoy it. Even if you don’t get the role that you might have wanted, or you’re stressing out, or you’re tired, or there’s way too much drama and you’re about to pull your hair out. Enjoy the moment. Theatre is special because it’s just that- a moment. It’s there, and then it’s gone forever. You won’t have that exact same experience again. Enjoy it while it lasts.




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xoxo,
abbiee

47 comments

  1. EEK YAYAY IT'S UP!!! I've been SO excited about this for weeks. Thank you so much for letting me be a part of this, Abbie!!!!! :D <3 <3 <3 xxx

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    1. EEEEP THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING A PART OF THIS! *hugs forever*

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  2. This is fabulous, Grace Anne! The only time I was ever in a play I ended up crying at the end for reasons, so I came home looking like I had a black eye from my dripping mascara. XD The boldness that it takes to be in theater is not something I have. I did love Ballet though. (It's just the talking that gets me)

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    1. Thank you so much, Hannah Joy!! Oh my goodness, it's always so emotional at the end of a show. XD I've learned that waterproof mascara is the only way to make it through haha! I totally understand- I'm usually in the ensemble, which is nice because THERE'S NO TALKING!! XD Just lots of dancing:)

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    2. Y'ALL ARE BRAVE. I could never be in a play omg. xD

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  3. I've never been in theatre, but I love to sing, and I've sung on stage twice, and love it. There's nothing quite like being up there for the whole audience to see and singing your heart out. :)

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    1. There really isn't any other feeling in the world that can match it:) I love it so much. Thank you so much for reading, Maggie!

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    2. EEEEEEP see I think I could kind of handle singing on stage?? I DON'T KNOW. There's something really stable about knowing exactly what you're going to sing and knowing that people came to see you sing it. idk xD SOMEDAY MUAHAHA

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    3. I WOULD COME AND SEE YOU SING!! Singing still terrifies me TBH XD

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  4. Such a cool post! I did a little dancing when I was nine, but otherwise have never been on stage. You make it sound nerve-wracking but wonderful. :) Good luck on landing a bigger role!

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    1. Nerve-wracking but wonderful is honestly the best way to describe it! XD Thank you so much, Alex!! :)

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    2. GRACE ANNE IS BASICALLY THE AWESOMEST. <3

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    3. YOU'RE THE AWESOMEST <3

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  5. yay grace!!! love this post!

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    1. Aw, thank you so much, Rachel!!

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    2. YAAAS ME TOOOOO <3

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  6. THIS WAS SO GOOD, GRACE ANNE!!!!!

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    1. EEP THANK YOU SO MUCH AALIYAH! :')

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    2. IT REALLY WAS <3 GRACE ANNE ROCKS

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    3. AHHH YOU'RE SO SWEET *hugs*

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  7. this actually made me want to cry good gracious. (GRACEious... i see what i did there)
    I feel your passion and love for this and wow just wanna say I support you 100%, and I have several friends who are really involved in and passionate about theater and so I appreciate your passion (and in some measure mimic it bc I am a fangirl over some theatre things)

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    1. ohmygoodness Olivia thank you so so so much for this comment brb crying. :') Like honestly you have no idea how much this means to me I love you so much <3<3<3

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    2. RT OLIVIA ALL THE FREAKING WAY <3

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  8. LOVED IT GRACE ANNE!!! <333

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    1. ASDFGHJKL THANK YOU SO MUCH, ABBY!! :') <3

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    2. SAME SAME OMG <3

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  9. I love this post!! In the past few years, I have really gotten into theater. It looks like you are in musical theater, which is super cool! I do non-musical plays, so far comedy has been my favorite thing. :)

    I totally get you on all of those points! The hair-ripping drama, the adrenaline when I step on stage, (whether it's nerves or excitement...I never really know..haha) and the incredible cast bonding. GAH. It's amazing.

    I have been SO blessed with the directors that I have..they are actually semi-professional or professional (not sure which lol). Needless to say, they have done a TON of acting (touring and everything!), and they are amazing. OHMYGOODNESSYES. I have learned SO much from them!

    Anyway, fabulous post!! I love it! I'm going to check out your blog now! :)

    ~Megan
    (megans-journals.blogspot.com)

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    1. Oh, comedy is so much fun! I haven't done quite as much in the non-musical side of theatre, but I've gone to see several comedies that my friends have been in, and they look like so much fun!!

      Isn't it?! It's honestly the craziest and most wonderful thing in the world. XD

      Aren't directors like that the BEST?? They're just so inspiring!!! Good directors make a show 100000000x better.

      Thank you so much, Megan!! I adore your blog:) <3

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    2. Y'ALL ARE SUCH INSPIRING GIRLS. <3 omg I just want to go and see all the plays you're in caN WE SOMEHOW MAKE THIS HAPPEN?? ok cool :')

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    3. UM PLEASE THAT WOULD BE THE BEST THING EVER BLOGGER THEATRE GROUP LET'S DO IT

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    4. GRACE ANNE THAT IS GENIUS THANK YOU <3

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  10. GRACE

    ANNE


    I have so much love for this post and I am over here busy being thrilled to bits to get a sneak peek into your theater life!! You're totally awesome! ♡

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH, OLIVIA!!!! That means so much to me, you're the sweetest! <3 xx

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    2. Wasn't this post just perfect!?! OMG <3

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  11. I loved the expectation vs. reality! Gives you a good idea of how much work theater is! KEEP IT UP GRACE!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Vanessa! Thank you so much!! <3

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    2. FAVORITE PART OMG

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  12. I FEEL YA GRACE!!
    love love love love love this!
    Xoxoxo

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    1. Ahhh thank you so much, Elissa!!! *hugs* xoxoxoxo <3

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    2. SAME ♥♥♥

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  13. Dude, this post was rad! :) Your passion for theater is so evident. I always admired the drama troupe in my high school; they were literally the most passionate and dedicated human beings. I always kind of regret not signing up to be a part of one of the productions...I think I was too afraid. But it sounds like a blast! Keep pursuing it. You rock :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Erin Marie! <3 That means so much! You're the one who rocks, my dear:)

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    2. SHE DOES ROCK DOESN'T SHE <3 and omg yes I would be too scared to do any form of theater I think x)

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  14. Grace, your enthusiasm for theater makes me want (no NEED) to go watch you rock those dance numbers! Even though I've never done a theater production, I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO!!!! I almost did, actually, but it would have forced me to miss ballet. I choose to do one thing well instead of five things mostly well. (Except for this summer. This summer I'm stretched a bit thin.)

    Anyways, you described theater so vividly that I felt, for a moment, like I was a part of the family! Thanks for the fun and enlightening post!

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    1. I totally get that, it's hard to try to fit tons of things in. I've always struggled with that, too- that's why I don't spend as much time in ballet! We seem to have the same problem with opposite things;) I hope that you don't get stretched too thin!

      Thank you so much, Hannah!! <3 I'm so, so glad that you enjoyed it, and that I could give you a peek into my world;)

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    2. RIGHT?? LIKE I WANT TO SEE HER IN A PLAY NOW SOOOO FREAKING BAD <3 and ugh i'm also familiar with the feeling of being stretched to thin and IT'S NO FUN :/ *sends chocolate chip cookies and hugs*

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