Patrick’s Picks: LOUISVILLE, KY

What has been the best part of tour? Without a doubt, my answer would be going home. There is truly nothing like home. I have been in love with so many of the cities we have been to, however it has been special getting to share this experience with so many people I love back home.

While I was in Louisville, I was able to drop in to some of my favorite local shops, restaurants, and coffee spots for some good meals and afternoon caffeine fixes. Check out a few of my go-to’s!

 
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1. NAIVE

Fresh. Local. Vibrant. Good coffee. This brunch spot has it all. I tried their sausage, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich on a sweet potato biscuit with sweet potato fries on the side. To drink I had a lavender oat milk latte. I thought I died and went to heaven. The food was astonishing. I was hesitant to try the lavender, but the barista at the coffee bar in the restaurant insisted that I try it. She wasn’t wrong. It did not disappoint. The restaurant is filled with natural light, modern, comfortable chairs and is surrounded by succulents. I couldn’t think of a better place to sit for a lovely morning cup of joe in Louisville.

 
 

2. PORCH

Talk about good southern cooking… Porch hit the nail on the head. Located in the heart of downtown, this restaurant is surrounded by garage doors that open to seamlessly transition the outdoor streets of Louisville into the interior of the restaurant. We started with the cornbread muffins for the table and then I went with the bacon mac & cheese. Great is an understatement. Not to mention the phenomenal service. Be sure to stop in for an early morning breakfast and enjoy the nice weather while dining with some good ole southern food.

 
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3. BLOFISH

BloFish… the first gender fluid clothing store. This store was my favorite in NuLu. Not only is this the first gender fluid and gender neutral clothing store, but the clothing is the most comfortable out of any outfit that I own. The fabric is soft, stretchy and the designs are stunning. Furthermore, sizing does not range by small, medium or large… but rather by the number of blowfish on the bottom left side of the clothing article. I was obsessed with this idea. If you are in the area, stop by and check them out. The staff are so welcoming and kind!

 
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4. HEINE BROTHERS COFFEE

An old time favorite of mine! Heine Brothers Coffee is one of the gems of downtown Louisville and is a staple to the community. The coffee is perfect for an afternoon caffeine boost, for a quick coffee on the go, or a great place to park and get some work done. My favorite part of the afternoon is stopping in for coffee, grabbing a table, spending some time to journal or brainstorm, and sipping my coffee while people watching.

 
 

5. ATLANTIC NO. 5

Local. Delicious. Convenient. Adorable. I can’t sing enough praises to this cute restaurant. To start, the breakfast quiche, sandwiches, pastries, etc. were fresh every morning and were all made locally. I was hooked. However, the Atlantic No. 5 coffee was also to die for. Great coffee and lattes made carefully for each customer. It was the perfect spot right near the theater in downtown Louisville for a morning pick-me-up!

 
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6. PLEASE & THANK YOU

Please bring me more of this coffee… thank you! Please & Thank You is my favorite coffee shop in Louisville. It is in the heart of NuLu and I had the best honey iced latte. AND not only is the coffee good, but the chocolate chip cookies are out of this world. They are so rich and soft that I couldn’t even finish a whole cookie. Do yourself a favor and swing by this delightful shop for an afternoon cup of coffee and enjoy the ambiance.

 
 

7. BISCUIT BELLY

Talk about “damn good biscuits”… This was one of my favorite places to visit when I was home. They didn’t lie… the biscuits are out of this world. They are LOADED with whatever you choose to add to your biscuit. To the point that they are overflowing. I had to split it up and eat each half at a time. It’s near impossible to pick up the biscuit and eat it as a sandwich. It’s no wonder why the line is always out the door.

Patrick's Picks: EAST LANSING, MI

This past month I headed to East Lansing, MI with the Hamilton Angelica tour and we fell in LOVE with this city. Tucked  
away on the Michigan State University campus, Lansing gave us some perfect summer weather, restaurants, and local stores. 
Below are a few of my favorites that I made sure that I frequented while I was in town. Check out some of my favorite local
spots right here in Lansing that are must-do's if you are in the area.
 
Blue Owl Coffee
 

1. BLUE OWL COFFEE

This is a must visit if you are ever in East Lansing. Cold brew is almost always my go to coffee choice. This  
shop offers several varieties of cold brew and I was instantly obsessed - not to mention the urban vibe. 
It was the perfect place to sit to do some afternoon work and enjoy watching local East Lansing residents. 
 
Strange Matter Coffee
 

2. STRANGE MATTER COFFEE

Another favorite here in East Lansing. The baristas were the sweetest and I had the best latte 
in the world here. While offering a wide selection of locally made donuts, including vegan and gluten 
free options, this coffee shop had the perfect small town vibe for a great coffee break.
Not to mention that the donuts flavors were UNBELIEVABLE. These include: Cookie Bomb, Lemon Lavender, Cream cheese filled
everything donut. If you every find yourself in Lansing, do yourself a favor and grab yourself a coffee
from this shop. 
 
Horrocks Farm Market
 

3. HORROCKS FARM MARKET

This place was HEAVEN. This market has locally grown produce, a plant and flower shop, a wine bar, 
free coffee, full candy section, and an outdoor garden shop. I spent over an hour in this market. I was in absolute 
awe at the amount of food and different selections of produce. After getting a free coffee at the in-store coffee 
bar, I explored the plant store and picked out a few local chip dips and food options. I don't want to say too much
because the market is an experience that you will have to see for yourself. 
 
Beggar's Banquet
 

4. BEGGAR’S BANQUET

This restaurant and saloon was kind enough to host our opening night gathering here in East Lansing, and let me
tell you... The food was incredible. I went back a few days later for brunch and it was just as good. So many
people recommended this restaurant and it did not disappoint. I had a bacon and egg croissant breakfast sandwich
with home fries, juice and coffee... Everyone was right. The food was amazing and the waiters were so kind. It
was perfect for a weekday morning brunch and I would definitely recommend stopping by if you are in the area. 
 
Beyond A Dream
 

5. Beyond A Dream

I have found a new love for crystals and stones, especially while on the road with a constantly changing environment.
I walked into this shop and knew that I found a gem here in Lansing. There was an unbelievable assortment of rocks, 
crystals, stones, sage, palo santo. Truly anything that you could imagine for wellness, chakras, etc. In addition, the 
incredibly kind staff gave us a full tour of the facility. They offer a full salt cave, epsom salt float tanks, an oxygen 
bar, and reiki therapy. I spent over an hour exploring the stones and their uses and the staff had an incredible wealth
of knowledge to help us find exactly what we were looking for. I would go back in a heart beat. 

Self-Care

Self-Care

As artists, we are constantly managing several schedules between auditions, rehearsals, side jobs, lessons, and a personal life. It can be difficult to actually plan out time to think about yourself and taking care of your mind and body to make sure that you are functioning at the top of your game. This is especially true when most of us don’t work 9-5 jobs. Recently  I have thought a lot about how I can achieve this balance between work and self-care.

SLEEP

This is the most important factor in taking time for yourself. I know how much sleep I need to be able to function and vibrate at my highest frequency. This is different for different people. Sometimes I have to say no to other projects or friends to ensure  that I get a full night of sleep and be ready to take on a full day. Sometimes this may include a nap in the middle of the day if you have a high intensity schedule. Doctors and experts from WebMD say that 7-9 hours is necessary to properly fuel your body, however some people many only require 6 hours, while others need up to 10 (Click here to read more) - http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/sleep-requirements. Everybody is different, yet it is important to know in order to make sure you are always prepared.

ROUTINE

Routine is one of the most important facets of my life. I have to make sure that I plan out times for myself to take even 20 minutes to write a blog post, take a walk, get a cup of coffee, sit and think about life, admire what is going on around me and stay present.

Another aspect of routine is allotting time to plan your week so that you make sure that you have given yourself time to do things that make you happy. This keeps us going and makes sure that we are self-aware in all of our work. This is important throughout the busiest times and during the slow periods when you have more time for yourself. It gives you a structure that you can follow.

BALANCE

Finding the balance between all of this and your training is the last step. Training is a part of the hustle of auditions, however it is also a facet that makes us feel satisfied in putting in the work. You are taking time to set goals and work towards them. This sense of self-fulfillment in loving what you are doing is another aspect that helps you to take care of yourself.

 

What are some ways that you practice self-care? What helps keep your organized? What tips have you found the most successful? Comment below!

Patrick

 

Special thanks to MiMi Scardulla and Boe W. Ank.

3 Tips To Auditioning Smarter

3 TIPS TO AUDITIONING SMARTER

There are hundreds of auditions that pop up each week. Musicals, plays, dance, commercials, voice over, print. It is amazing how many opportunities we have, however in the mix of everything we have to maintain our momentum and make sure that we aren’t burning out. So how do we do that? I have found that the best way to maintain this energy is by… AUDITIONING SMARTER.

1. QUALITY OVER QUANTITY

Attending more auditions doesn’t always mean more chances to be seen and book the job. If you wouldn’t fit the project, it might not be necessary to go to the audition. While more auditions bring great practice, there is still a line of balance between making sure one is prepared for the audition and then going to the audition. The exception to this is if the creative team is a team you are interested in being seen by. But most likely, you could use that time to schedule a lesson, work, go to dance class, practice self-care, brush up your rep, create your own work, or spend time with yourself to better learn how to market yourself in the industry. This includes researching which shows and jobs will fit you best and determining your personalized plan of action.

2. DOING THE HOMEWORK

Homework. A word that everyone usually dreads. However, I have found this to be one of the most helpful practices that leads to my most successful auditions. Making sure your rep book is always ready to go, prepping sides for callbacks, listening to new musical theatre songs, and staying ahead on all of your work and scheduling outside of the room. All of these help me feel prepared and in control of the things that I CAN control when auditioning and managing a crazy schedule. While everyone is different, the one thing that never changes is the work that we do when nobody's watching. One of my favorite quotes is: “As artists, we don’t always have something to show. Just because you can’t see what we are doing doesn’t mean that we aren’t working.”

3. TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF

Taking care of yourself is almost as important, if not just as important, as the rest of the tips to auditioning smarter. If you aren’t on your A game, then it can be hard to face long days of auditions, rehearsals and coachings. Getting good sleep, eating substantial meals, working out, stretching, and taking time to yourself are all essential in making sure that you are ready to go each day. I have found that it is very important to have time for  yourself, and allow yourself to relax and do things outside of performance. Finding a balance between work and play can sometimes be one of the hardest parts, because as performers we love to work on improving our art, but sometimes it’s good to take a step away from it all and just breathe.

Now go and crush your week!

Comment below with any tips that you find helpful in your experience and any successes you have had this week!

 

Patrick

L. O. V. E.

L. O. V. E.

As I referenced in my last blog, I write these to inspire others. As a performer currently auditioning in New York, I get to see what challenges performers, including myself, face every day. There are many different opinions, however I just hope to inspire you to continue experiencing life to the fullest; not tell you what is right, what is wrong, or what will guarantee booking a job.  

 

With that said, the past few months have been a total whirlwind of emotions in many ways. They’ve been fun, extremely difficult, humorous, growth-inspiring, fulfilling and have helped me question and understand the direction of my life.

 

As artists, we are constantly  training. We train growing up, through college, and continue long after graduating. I most definitely believe that training has helped me prepare for the hardest moments in my professional career, however, after a while, you have to ask yourself and remember WHY you are training, and what it is all for.

 

To throw it back a little… I have been dancing since I was three years old. I could never stand still at home. I would put blankets on the floor just to help me turn and when I would fall I would get up and put the blanket right back, just to repeat the same steps. Dance was a creative outlet for me as a child. Even as an adult, I find myself always wanting to be doing  something. However, now that I have started my journey as a professional performer and choreographer, I have realized that, at some point you have to let go of all of the technique and training.

 

What has influenced my art the most in the past four months? Love…

 

My time in New York has taught me to remember that I perform because I LOVE to dance and sing. LOVE. That is a strong word. Love is not perfection, love is not blind of mistakes, love is not having everything planned out. LOVE is an energy that no one can take away from you. Love is your internal inspiration that is behind anything you do, whether that be performance, design, nursing, law, office work, web design. We instinctively want to do that which makes us feel good.

 

As artists of any kind, we get to spend hours upon hours loving. We have the power to spread some of the most influential energy to the entire world. That is a gift that I feel like I have sometimes been blinded from and taken advantage of when running from lessons, to auditions, to meetings, to work, to dance classes.

 

In this industry, many things affect our work. I haven’t booked jobs because of my body type and size, voice type, ethnicity, skills, etc. We receive so many opinions and feedback from others based on our short performances in the room. Yet, these small valleys along the way do not control your creative abilities. The one thing that this career has taught me is that LOVE will always be the most important, despite all else. My many mentors and friends always remind me, “just keep pushing forward,” “great things take time,” “never forget where you came from and why you do what you do.” And I think that now more than ever, this is essential. I finally feel like I understand what they mean…

 

As artists, we have the power to spread love to the world with our art form, whether we are in a show or not. Art is everywhere. You can find inspiration walking down the street, sitting at the park, watching people on the street. When there is no work, do the work to prepare for the jobs, and then create your own work. I have to remind myself to do what I love and to inspire others with a gift that I have been given.

 

My only intention with this piece is to spread my own love through the platforms I have and to tell you that you have a gift. An enormously special gift. LOVE. You spread love in a way that many other humans cannot and that is totally unique and different from every other artist. So don’t let the no’s get you down. There will always be many many no’s that come at you from all directions. Rather, I want to share a quote that others always remind me of. “When someone tells you that you can’t do something, turn the other way and say ‘watch me.’”

Trust yourself and spread love.

“Nothing worthwhile comes without hard work and lots of love.”



Patrick

4 Tips to Nail Your Dance Call

4 TIPS TO NAIL YOUR DANCE CALL

As dancers, we learn a plethora of combinations each week to book the job at dance calls. However, there are so many factors go into booking the job. The goal of the dance call is to make a positive impression in the room. Yet, a rule that I like to follow is A FYI: Authenticity, Flexibility, You are enough, Intention. These four tips have proved successful in my audition experience and also in auditions for other dancers. I consulted with several dancers that I know who have booked shows, and this acronym reflects the most common opinions. 

AUTHENTICITY

In the context of this blog post, authenticity refers to bringing your true, genuine self into the audition room. Relax and breathe. As overrated as it may sound, the most important aspect of the audition is showing the artistic team your true self. Show them individuality, that you are easy to work with and that you can work with others. Being a team player in an essential in any job. Be yourself… Because at the end of the day or beautiful, unique and sparkling self will book a gig! All you have to do is be YOU. 

FLEXIBILITY

When you think about flexibility what comes to mind? Probably someone holding their leg to their head. Now think about the exact opposite… There we go! In this sense, flexibility in a dance audition refers to being quick on your feet (pun intended). I am referring to what you do when you are learning the combo or what you do if you happen to miss a step and get off. Being flexible means allowing yourself to mess up and be confident in your mistake. Then jump back in when you have the opportunity. Remaining calm and confident speaks much louder to the creative team, even if you do mess up. And the advice that I will always live by: if you’re going to mess up, make it a BOLD mess up!

YOU ARE ENOUGH

I believe that this is one of the most important aspects in an audition, of any kind. This is an internal tip, and although it isn’t necessarily seen by others, it is essential. You will always be enough. The audition does not define your self worth as a human, nor does it define your worth as a performer. Re-read that sentence. As I mentioned before, many factors go into booking the job. Not only your dance skills or vocal range, but also height, weight, voice type, ethnicity, hair color, number of contracts and openings. The list goes on and on. So always remember… You will always be enough.

INTENTION

Performance can outshine technique. What do I mean by that? We are not just dancers. We are actors. We convey emption with our body. Intention focuses on allowing yourself to implement all of your acting training that you have worked so hard at. Don’t get me wrong, technique is IMPERATIVE. However, if you show off your technique without any intention behind the movement, it means nothing. Musical Theatre is, by definition, the combination of song, movement, spoken dialogue and acting. So mix it all together! 

Now go have fun trying new tips and tricks in the audition room!

Comment below to share any tips you have found to be successful in the audition room - can’t wait to hear from you all!

 

*Special thanks to: MiMi Scardulla, Joey Dippel, Rachel Knuth, and Boe W. Ank