Everyone, regardless of age, dreams of being a world famous recording artist or a musical theatre superstar. For some people, just belting out songs in the shower is enough for them, but for others, they’re determined to do everything they can to turn this dream into a real thing.
I managed to catch up with TheOfficialBradRyan to talk about his motives for starting his YouTube channel, as well as a few members from the London cast of The Book of Mormon to get some insight into their musical theatre experiences.
EverythingStagey meets TheOfficialBradRyan
What made you start your YouTube channel?
“I’d wanted to start YouTube channel since I was like 14. After watching different people doing their own versions of great songs, I finally made the decision that this was what I wanted to do. It pushed me to pursue a career in music.”
What aspects of the music industry appealed to you the most?
“Regardless of what people would probably assume, it wasn’t really the fame and fortune that appealed to me the most, but simply the fact that singing was something I have been told I’m pretty good at and most of all enjoy doing. Just the idea of people listening to and enjoying my covers is what gives me the motivation to keep working hard to get myself out there.”
What do you ultimately want to do with your music?
“In the long run I’d love to just have people enjoying what I do. The thought of thousands of people all paying to come and watch me sing for a few hours is pretty daunting, but I’d love to have that ‘is this even happening?!’ feeling one day, that’s what I’m striving for.”
What advice would you give to people wanting to start out in the music industry?
“Just go for it, what’s the worst that could happen?! It may not work out first time around, but what really goes to plan straight away? If you persist and work hard towards what you want to do than, then no one should be able to stop you from living your dream!”
EverythingStagey meets The Book Of Mormon
Performers often know that being on a stage 24/7 is exactly what they want to do and many work tirelessly to make that happen. Musical theatre appeals to many people in different ways, and I managed to get some feedback from a few cast members from BoM about why musical theatre appealed to them.
What appealed to you about music theatre?
David O’Reilly- Stand-by Elder Cunningham: ‘It’s my safe place and was a hobby I really enjoyed!’
Ashley Samuels- Ensemble: ‘Truth be told, it was the only thing I was good at! I started from a very young age and if I’m honest, I think people inspire you. If you have really good drama teachers, they help you to express yourself as a child and open your eyes to the amazing experiences out there. It’s also amazing to have your family supporting you, whether you’re singing Spice Girls songs in the living room or performing on this stage they’re still rooting for you. They never stopping believing in you.’
Dan Looney- Ensemble: ‘The buzz and the atmosphere is great! And also, my ego gets fed!!’
What advice would you give to young performers wanting to get into the industry?
David O’Reilly: ‘Technique, technique, technique, technique, risks, technique, technique, courage, technique!!’
Everyone has their inspirations and motivators to make it in the industry, but you need to believe in yourself if you want others to believe in you! Be your biggest advocate and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it.
And there’s no limit to what we can do. Me and you, but mostly….. me!!!
Check out TheOfficialBradRyan on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Theofficialbradryan/1540415129548785?fref=ts
Check out TheOfficialBradRyan on Youtube: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCXQ5pbjcjXGPnPl9aGP2EWQ
Head over to The Book Of Mormon website: http://www.bookofmormonlondon.com/tickets