I was almost in tears when you told of the journey you put yourself on to stay sober. So again, you have my admiration and I wish you all the strength in the world. RJ, you are also an amazing person for the level of support you are giving the person you love. What can I say, love to you both.
The secret is to get your foot in the door and become one of that 1%. Hopefully, your instructors are also teaching you the tricks of the trade of how to get into that small percentage. Oddly enough, most of the "schooled" actors I've worked with aren't taught the majority of them.
Statistically, about 80% of your audience will see 1 show in their lifetime (at least on Broadway). I wish I could have been in that discussion. I've worked with far too many actors, some very, very well known who get to a point after a couple months where they just "call in" a performance (and are truly clueless when the show they are in is reviewed a second time months after it's opened and they are panned). Another old saying in theater to always remember, no matter how cliche or corny it may sound is that to "remember that when the curtain goes up (okay, or sideways), that you aren't doing the show for yourself, but for them. It's your responsibility to be the instrument of an audiences' enjoyment." I have so much more respect for an actor that either leaves a part or can find a way to keep it fresh for every single audience. Of course, most never want to leave a part because they are afraid of being kicked out of that 1% of "working actors" group but the ones who do leave for the right reasons usually find much more respect from the next casting team they stand in front of and are more likely to get the part they are auditioning for because the casting crew knows that actor will put the work (and audience; which tend to blend together in many ways once a show opens) before their own needs.
And on the opposite side of the coin of an actor making a decision to leave a role when they get to the "calling it in" phase: if they don't leave willingly it is much more common than is taught in academia for an actor to be dropped from a role by a director, producer, the play-write him/herself because they can see the performances have gotten stale than most will admit. And THAT will follow you when you go for your next audition.
I was one of the many, many actors who played Marius in LeMis both on Broadway and then in the West End. In both productions I saw 3 people (2 on Broadway and 1 in London) dropped because, while they hit every note perfectly, they were relatively emotionless...but wouldn't leave their respective roles due to that fear of unemployment. Like I said, casting crews are much more likely to respect anyone who puts the play and the audience first.
Just realized how long this is an was going to cut it down but instead I'll leave it as is and just end it. With your schedule I doubt you'll have time to see it anyway. So...loved the video (as if you couldn't tell) and love to watch the beginning of what I really am sure will be a great career.
I'll end with a question: with all the music videos you've done (I'm just starting to go through your channel), have you ever done any Broadway songs or are they all Top 40?
You may not have done many videos on this channel RJ, but every one I've seen is a definite "Like" and a "Favorite".
This doesn't really have to do with today's video specifically. I just want to thank you both (and of course Dobby) for continuing to share your lives with us. You have both mentioned more than once that you don't know why people continue to follow you even on days when you don't do anything. From my point of view it's 2 reasons: 1) even on the days when you don't think you've done anything, you each do more in one day than most GROUPS of people do in a week! and 2) while I'm single now I was in a relationship when I discovered you (thru 's channel-if there are any Will and RJ viewers who remember, lived with Will and RJ for a while...and if you haven't checked out Chris' channels you're missing a LOT) but I am single now; the least of my problems.
Whatever you do it's nice to see a relationship that works. Please take this in the positive spirit that it is meant; I even like the times when you admit that it isn't going well. It's not always "sunshine and rainbows". Any real relationship takes work. Clearly, you love each other enough to do whatever has to be done to keep the relationship fresh and young. While you are a couple, you have still remained individuals each with distinctive personalities. And as much as you both like making videos, I don't doubt for a second that if it got in the way of your relationship you would dump it in a heartbeat. Just as it should be. You both know what and who your priorities are.
There are SO many YouTube daily bloggers who just "blow smoke up your as*" seeming to think if we, the viewers, always see a seemingly perfect life it will increase their viewership and others that - quite frankly - over share...TMI. None of your viewers expect to be privy to every singe aspect of your life. The ones that try to share everything and keep nothing "for" themselves usually die out pretty quickly (as does their relationship if they have one).
While there are so many things that could be said and I don't think you will ever have the time to read this, I think that some of a couple of the reasons why you do have so many dedicated "friends/followers". Again, thank you for this channel. The real joy you share and even the occasional tears provide a kind of comfort to your viewers (at least me) because they show that real love does exist and the quest for it should never be stopped. And if you are fortunate enough to find the right person you should do whatever it takes to preserve it.
To anyone who has watched or regularly watches their videos, if you took the time to watch a video take just the few seconds to move the mouse over to the "thumbs up" (a.k.a., Like) image and be sure to click on it. It is my understanding that it isn't jus the number of views that determines how much a YouTuber is paid but the number of Likes/Thumbs Up. The more they receive the more we are assured that they can afford to keep making new videos. Okay, and in case you are wondering, I just read that back and know it sounds like a commercial but I swear I don't know Will, RJ, Dobby or Chris personally, like you I only know them from their videos. So I have nothing to gain by asking you to help them out by simply pressing one button. As many daily vloggers as I've watched, other than 's channels, I've NEVER seen a more dedicated and loyal group of followers as here on . A simple press of that little thumbs up will help keep them coming into our lives...hopefully for a long time to come.
The fact that this exploded towards you is the bigger shock for me. I'm sorry you had to go through that for just stating your own view. You probably got more tweets that day than our homophobic friend!
I doubt you'll see this but just want to say I discovered your channel just recently and all I can say for now is: new subscriber and a thumbs up (Like) for every video I've seen so far.
- Acting Coach, presentTeach both new and seasoned actors ways to refine their craft. Have worked with actors who are starting out and actors who have actually been in the business longer than I've been alive (that's always a blast). Work with both actors who are in both straight plays and musicals (it's become necessary to define what a "straight play" is these days. On stage, a "straight" play has NOTHING to do with gender identity, a "straight" play is simply a non-musical play. I still can't figure out, in a tiny corner of my mind, why I have to explain that the word straight is not just the opposite of gay. Who knows why people think the way they do...not me???? I also don't discuss age (which makes some people think I'm really young and some that I'm very old). A.) I think people should be judged on their ability and B.) It's fun because it seems to either confuse or piss people off for some reason.
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