EP 141: Hannah Brady (autogenerated)
Dane Reis: [00:00:00] you booked it episode 141. Okay. Let’s get started. I am excited to introduce my guest today. Hannah Brady, are you ready for this Hannah?
[00:00:16] Hannah Brady: [00:00:16] Yeah. Yeah.
[00:00:17]Dane Reis: [00:00:17] Oh ride. Hannah is a versatile stage performer. Having started as a self proclaimed calm kid in the East coast dancing. She took every genre of dance class in New York while starting her professional career in commercials and short films.
[00:00:34]Soon. She turned her focus towards singing professionally through a surprising turn of events. She was offered a contract in China where she created the lead singer role in a Cirque production. Similar to where’s, a Bruta from there. She became the principal vocalist on Royal Caribbean’s first.
[00:00:51] Two ships in China alone. And with those roles, she crafted the lead
lead lead singer and MC miss Monet in the first burlesque show at C produced by E plus productions in between ship contracts, Hannah tours, Mexico as a bilingual hotel singer and producer. She now lives permanently in Las Vegas, where she teaches dance class and online voice lessons to students of all.
[00:01:16] The levels she plans to use this time as an opportunity to cement herself as a principal singer on the Las Vegas strip. Hannah, that is a quick intro of who you are and what you’ve done, but why don’t you tell us a little bit more about yourself, filling the gaps and a little bit more about what you do as a professional in the entertainment industry.
[00:01:38]Hannah Brady: [00:01:38]
Well, thank you so much for that intro. So, um, I am originally from a little town in New Jersey, um, and I was actually on a working vacation. As luck would have it, uh, back in March, uh, when I came to Vegas. So basically my plan was to test the waters. I brought my dog. I wanted to see what it was like to live here.
Um, and work as a professional vocalist, uh, in more productions, as opposed to short term gigs, which is what I was doing at the time. And I was making the transition from cruise ships and then I kind of just got stuck here. Um, but it really worked out, uh, Ivy. That’s a, a wonderful place to get stuck, even with a pandemic, but.
Uh, this is a move that I’ve wanted to make for a long time because I’m, I like to consider myself a well rounded performer. You know, I grew up watching black and white movies. Um, you know, Sid Shariece is one of my heroes and I really, really admire. Um, singers who can truly dance because dance was my first joy.
[00:02:39] My first passion,
you know, I did all the, all the, all the musical theater shows and in school and they were terrible. Um, that’s what I, what I grew up in. And it’s always been my passion. So as I got older and you know, it was trying to find my, my niche, like, well, like, well, but I’m a dancer and like they’ll never see me as a singer.
[00:02:58] And I had to really
like, Focus on my singing. So, um, I think it’s, I think it’s paid off because I’ve, you know, I finally started getting lead roles as a singer and that was, that was a really big deal for me. So yeah.
[00:03:08]Dane Reis: [00:03:08] , very cool. And you’re right. When you can do both things, it’s very easy for people to pigeonhole you into what they think you can or cannot do. And sometimes it’s difficult to break that mold.
[00:03:21] Hannah Brady: [00:03:21] The a hundred percent
and, and other people’s limitations of you will kind of cement themselves in your head sometimes. And then you start projecting maybe like a past version of someone else’s opinion of you professionally. Like, Like, Oh, well she’s a tall blonde dancer. She’s a Rockette, she’s an ensemble dancer who doesn’t have any lines.
[00:03:42] And then you start to,
you know, just believe that because that’s what, you know, that’s maybe the box that you booked it in and you were like, okay, well that works because I booked.
[00:03:52] Dane Reis: [00:03:52] Cause they’re like, this is what I am, I guess.
[00:03:53]Hannah Brady: [00:03:53] Yeah. And then, but
that, that can be limiting, you know, I think, I think, uh, something that I am always pushing towards is to just be like, you know, you know, what, if I became a better singer and got lead roles, you know, that’s probably something that opened up more doors for me is because I allowed myself to leave them open.
[00:04:08]Dane Reis: [00:04:08] Yes, that is
such, such a great mindset and great advice for anyone out there listening. You’re in charge of this. So you do you, if you want to expand your arsenal, don’t stay in that box. If you don’t want to.
[00:04:22] Hannah Brady: [00:04:22] Totally. Yeah.
Especially, especially now with the pandemic. I think that has, it’s really been driven home for me. Like it’s just such a. You know, You know, it has given me so much time to restructure my brain. I think that, I think that our.
[00:04:41]Our brains are our biggest asset and our biggest enemy. Like it is really something we have to train, especially performers, especially singers because,
um, uh, the, . The voice is an instrument that needs to be. You, you have to accept the fact that it’s part of your body, right?
[00:04:58] So you have allergies, you get sick, you are stressed, you are dehydrated.
Like there’s some things involved in that instrument that have to do with your brain and your mental process. And say, for example, like if you got really stressed out before you had to go on stage and sing a song, you may not sing it as well.
[00:05:17] If you’re letting your brain.
Um, you know, play tricks on you or distract you, you, you may not fully relax into your song, you know? And I think that carries into other facets of the industry. Like if, if you’re. If your mind is not in a good place, if you don’t have, you know, self love or self acceptance, or if you beat yourself up too much, when you make a mistake, it’s going to trickle out into all these different facets of your, your business, you know, in terms of your, your profession.
um, it’s just, it’s a huge topic, but does that kind of make sense? You know what I
[00:05:48] Dane Reis: [00:05:48] yes.
[00:05:49] Hannah Brady: [00:05:49] it’ll trickle out.
[00:05:50]Dane Reis: [00:05:50] Yes. And I’m so glad that you brought up that whole let’s call it the mental health umbrella of. Being an entertainer and it’s so good. I think in the last handful of years yeah. That the subject yeah. Of mental health is actually something that we can really properly talk about seriously, instead of it just being this thing that people brushed under the rug for so long.
[00:06:13] And it is such an integral part to not just our mental wellbeing, but how that. Affects our careers and our lives and our ability to perform or show up emotionally on stage and do what we need to do.
[00:06:27] Hannah Brady: [00:06:27] Oh yeah. A hundred percent. I, God,
I wish I wish people had. I wish I had accepted and embraced that way sooner because I would be. farther along in my career if I had taken more of a self love approach to my work sooner in life. Um, but I think that, you know, I don’t.
Uh, hold that against myself. I think that is like you just said something that has changed recently in the industry. You know, it’s not like you could take a class, you know, like you take like, um, you know, those pay to play workshops where, you know, you work with a musical director for four weeks and at the end you do an agency showcase based on what you worked on.
[00:07:08] And in those kinds of classes, like very rarely did we talk about.
So, how are you feeling today? You know, that was never, that was never part of it. I mean, not, not often. I had some great trainers though. I’ll tell you in New York, I, I took a lot of, a lot of workshops like that and they, they were more helpful than any I’ll tell you that, but, uh, uh, yeah, especially now, like I got to give props to actor therapy.
[00:07:30] Are you familiar?
[00:07:31]Dane Reis: [00:07:31] no, I’m not.
[00:07:32] Hannah Brady: [00:07:32] Oh, my gosh. So they are my family in New York city.
Uh, it’s run by Ryan, Scott Oliver, uh, a new musical theater composer, and, uh, Lindsay Mendez, who everybody knows as Elphaba. And, um, they created this, this, I mean, I want to call it a workshop, but it’s this whole, it’s this whole package of, of, uh, courses that they offer having to do with musical theater performers.
[00:07:54] But it’s just. It’s so much more than just learning how to sing and doing it well and performing it well,
they offer, they offer mentorship and they offer community and they. You know, encourage us as students in a group like the Tuesday at 5:00 PM class, you get really bonded with your class. It’s not just, you show up, you sing and you leave.
[00:08:18] Like they create this community of support. They have a Facebook group for just for students and they have all these other off shoots, like events,
like, um, like they organize a hike every year and every, and anybody who wants to go. Goes on this hike in upstate New York. And it has nothing to do with singing.
It’s, it’s literally about building community and, and knowing people beyond their audition cuts. And that to me is invaluable. Like being, being able to feel like you’re part of. A community of support who is, you know, critical in terms of like pushing each other. Sure. Like motivational, but they’re also nonjudgmental and they’re they embrace you and Ryan, Scott Oliver has been.
[00:09:02]extremely open and,
um, inviting and in, uh, his correspondence with us, you know, I just, I value that so much. And I said to him, I was like, I wish I had had this when I, I was 13 when I was 15, because I, instead of approaching my work. As this , you know, self critical like, oh, Hannah, your turns are, are awful today. Like, Like, get it together. You have to practice more instead with, with classes like actor therapy, for example, like totally plugging this by the way. Cause I’m such a fan. They come at it from an approach of like, Self love and self knowledge, self awareness, like taking a step back and being like, okay, my songs, my songs weren’t quite on today.
[00:09:45] Why is that? Okay. I need to take a day to myself and watch Disney movies until I feel better. Like
[00:09:52] it’s what,
whatever, whatever that thing is to you to help you be mentally centered. that’s the mental health aspect in the arts. Like we need to just. Except that we’re human and that. Um, I think it was accurate Levi who recently compared mental health to like go to the dentist.
Like, it shouldn’t be so taboo. It shouldn’t be like, Oh yeah, you’re in therapy. Something’s wrong with you? No, there’s something wrong with everybody. You know, You know, something wrong is in quotation marks, you know, it’s, it’s relative and you, you know, if you’re feeling the way he described it was. If you’re feeling like, uh, Hmm.
[00:10:31]A pain in my tooth, I think I might have a cavity. I should go to the dentist and get it checked out. Like it should be that simple for mental health,
like, Hmm. I’m not feeling that great. I think I need to go meditate for awhile. I think I need to put down my, my demo reel that I’m editing and I need to go meditate.
[00:10:45] Cause I feel like garbage that shouldn’t be a bad thing. I think that’s a good thing.
[00:10:50]Dane Reis: [00:10:50] Oh, well
well said very well said.
[00:10:53] Hannah Brady: [00:10:53] Went on a whole tangent there.
[00:10:54] Dane Reis: [00:10:54] No, it’s great. Love it. And let’s get into our first section here and had a look. I am a sucker for a good quote. What is your favorite quote you’d like to share with everyone
[00:11:07]Hannah Brady: [00:11:07] Oh, honey
quotes, quotes all day. Um, I’d say the one that I hold in my heart the most is from memoirs of a geisha. Um, the book actually, uh, it’s said water can carve its way even through stone. And when trapped water makes a new paths,
[00:11:23]Dane Reis: [00:11:23] Oh, that’s such a good quote. And I love that book as well.
[00:11:26] Hannah Brady: [00:11:26] Oh, did you read it off?
[00:11:28] Dane Reis: [00:11:28] I have,
[00:11:29] Hannah Brady: [00:11:29] So beautiful.
[00:11:31] Dane Reis: [00:11:31] much better than the movie.
[00:11:32] Hannah Brady: [00:11:32] Yeah. I just very eyeopening
and, and really honestly, like if, if y’all, haven’t read that book, you should, if you’re a performer, because it has so many overarching themes that relate to the industry as a whole, like how geishas are, you know, they, they strive to be high quality performers, but at the end of the day, they’re just.
[00:11:53]Selling themselves. It’s very Moulin Rouge.
[00:11:56] Dane Reis: [00:11:56] Yeah. Yeah.
[00:11:58]Hannah Brady: [00:11:58]
Good, good stuff.
[00:11:59]Dane Reis: [00:11:59] . And let’s see, get into this next section here. And Hannah, of course you are an entertainer, I’m an entertainer. And I think that you’d agree that this industry can be one of the most subjective, brutally, honest, personally emotional industries in existence. And you know,
you know, as well as I. That in order to create and have a successful career in this industry, like your having now takes a lot.
[00:12:27] Of dedication and hard work. And while, yeah, there’s an outrageous amount of fun and excitement doing what we do. There are also our fair share of obstacles, challenges, and failures. We are going to experience and we’re going to have to move forward through. So tell us, what is one key challenge, obstacle or failure you’ve experienced in your career and how did you come out the other side better because of it.
[00:12:51]Hannah Brady: [00:12:51] Ooh. Yeah, that’s a good one.
Well, the first thing that comes to mind is that, uh, I mean, I, again, I’m very self critical. I can think of a laundry list of mistakes. I’ve made that. I mean, don’t, don’t we all. Um, but the, the one that is most important, I think was a hard lesson to learn was, um, one time I had to leave a contract early, um, because I was offered.
Uh, I was given an offer. I couldn’t refuse, you know what I mean? you know what I mean? And, uh, uh, no, but it truly was. And, and I knew it and they knew it, it was a life changing opportunity and I couldn’t pass it up. And to this day I don’t regret taking it, but what the, the what’s the word I want to use. It was the literal business side of.
[00:13:36]Kindly stepping away from something earlier than I was supposed to. That was very, Oh, just, I had to figure it out. As I went, it was very trial and error and there was a lot of error, but I had never done it before. And I had to figure it all out in the moment. Yeah. Of negotiating the exit clause. And
you know, when you sign a contract, Like, I can’t believe some performers just skim contracts.
[00:14:02] I read every single word. I never signed something in a rush. I always request at least a 24 hours to read a contract and mull it over and run it by someone else because it’s,
I mean, it’s kind of, unfortunately, it’s kind of like a prenup, if there’s an exit clause in a contract and you’re like, Oh, well, well, that’s not going to happen.
[00:14:22]Never, ever leave that. As an opportunity because
you know, things happen and you need to be able to cover your own butt and as well, you need to know that you need to remember that. Even though it’s just business. There are people on the other side of every business transaction, , you know, there are feelings whether people want to admit it or not.
[00:14:44] Business is a lot about relationships. It’s about crafting relationships. And I don’t mean that in
like, let’s be friends and go have coffee kind of thing, but it’s just like, people will remember how you handled a situation. You know, , um, they will remember whether you were graceful about it or whether you were kind of kind of a Butthead about it, you know, and, and those are the, those are the interactions that will last the longest, you know, there’s, there’s more to business than pen and paper and those things go a lot farther in the long run.
[00:15:16] And I,
you know, I. In leaving the contract. I learned a lot about contract negotiation because at the time I wasn’t represented anymore. And I had to just figure this all out with the help of my mentor at the time, who I’m so grateful for. but I had to, I remember I was sad that I was given the verbal.
[00:15:38] Okay. I was given kind of,
kind of, I’m like, we’re so proud of you kind of, um, blessing from the people I had to leave because they were excited for me. They told me they were excited for me. And then when it came down to like the contractual, like, okay, now talk to our lawyer. It was just like downhill from there.
[00:15:54] I was more immature about it at the time I was younger and I saw it as, but I thought you said it was okay and it’s just not. It’s not like that.
You know, you learn as you get older that it’s not personal and it is just business, but how you handle that business will, you know, it’ll say a lot about you and it’ll potentially really affect your longevity in the business.
[00:16:15] In my humble opinion,
[00:16:16]Dane Reis: [00:16:16] Yes. I think that is a very good opinion to have. Thank you for saying that
that that’s loads of gold right there. Everyone should probably rewind that. And this is why I. This is why I love this podcast. It is really, truly become something more than I ever really anticipated. I knew it was going to have a good time, but I didn’t realize that it would be so important to.
[00:16:39]Entertainers that are currently professionals, people that are aspiring to come up and be in this industry, because everything you said about contracts is so important. It’s easy to get caught up in. Hey, I just sing. I just dance. I just act, let me just do my thing on stage, but it is business as well. And you have to, and you have to take care of that part of your career.
[00:17:03] You have to read your contracts, please read your contracts. And the thing is. If you’re working in, say, Las Vegas, we are now, and you’re going to be working with the same handful of production companies and doing different events, right? Chances are you are going to get the same contract, basically just copy pasted with new updated times and wages and rates and things like this.
Right. But. Even though, you know what it says, read every single one of them. Not because you’re expecting something to be new in that contract, but it gets you in the habit of reading your contracts.
[00:17:37] And because when you do get that job, that is from a new company, , then you have the habit of reading your contract.
[00:17:44] You know what you’re looking for? And then you can catch things. You can sort out exit clauses and make sure that you’re best protected. And it’s so important. And again, moving even beyond from what you from that, what you said was talking about how you handle the business. I love that you said. Yeah, it’s just business, but it’s about how you handle that business is what can really affect your career.
[00:18:08] And at the end of the day, someone might really be happy for you that you did that, but at the same time you did sign a contract and that is legal and
they can, they can hold you accountable for that.
[00:18:20] Hannah Brady: [00:18:20] amen.
[00:18:20] Dane Reis: [00:18:20] that they’re being mean. It’s just saying you agree to this. We all agreed together. We’ve got to uphold our end of the bargain.
[00:18:28] So just. Please read your contracts.
[00:18:32] Hannah Brady: [00:18:32] Totally a hundred percent. I think it’s just a level of responsibility on the performer side. And that’s something that, again,
like, I don’t want to go on a, on a soap box about it, but I remember being, I’m still a little disillusioned with the, um, theater college program scene. I just feel like they don’t.
[00:18:51]Stress fat enough. They don’t talk about the business side nearly enough. And I see a lot of performers, especially the younger ones who go to like conservatory, or they even just go to like
like a performing arts high school and then just get like barfed out into the world, like with no, no consciousness of, you know, action and consequence.
Um, some of them just don’t. You know, think about the other people around them. They don’t think about all the moving parts in a production. For example, like when I was working on cruise ships, you know, there’s lots of moving parts, literally like scenery and all this new high tech, like I used to drop in for this one production.
[00:19:29] I used to drop in from the ceilings sitting on a Lira, which was so dope, vary. They vary Christina Aguilera moment there.
[00:19:37] Um, But,
you know, there’s like hydraulic floors and there’s tech people and there’s ladies, these are beams and there’s someone controlling those laser beams. And then there’s all the singers and dancers and acrobats and divers.
[00:19:49] And it’s just
like, I see a lot of performers come into the business, only seeing their tiny little bubble situation. And I, and I’m totally one of them sometimes, you know, you know, and I, I think something that I’ve learned over time in, on like the business side of things is you are not the only one here.
[00:20:05] You’re part of a team. You’re part of a, you’re part of a moving machine that has many parts. And whenever you, for example, need to ask for something or you have a problem,
like. You, you have to step back first and say, okay, this is my problem. And it affects me this way. Why did it happen? But if I fix it, was it going to affect who, who do I need to talk to, to, to fix it?
[00:20:29] The hierarchy, like these are business skills that. You may only learn from doing in like actual work.
Like, I don’t know if there’s any way to like break that down into like a class, but I certainly think more college programs and performing arts high schools need to find a way to incorporate that in the curriculum because it would have saved me a world of hurt.
[00:20:52] Dane Reis: [00:20:52] 100%. Yeah. Allah the, you booked it podcast. I went to the Boston conservatory, got a great training. When the world didn’t know how to use that training.
[00:21:06] Hannah Brady: [00:21:06] Yeah,
[00:21:07] Dane Reis: [00:21:07] You know what I mean? And that’s a big reason why I created this podcast as well is to fill that gap and we need to speak to people like you, who’ve been there and done that and can give so much incredible insight on how this business actually works.
[00:21:21] How do you actually take your skills and turn them into a sustainable career?
[00:21:26] Hannah Brady: [00:21:26] Totally amen.
I mean, what’s the point of having like a fantastic triple threat performer when they, when they don’t have the knowledge of how to apply it, you know?
[00:21:34]Dane Reis: [00:21:34] Hundred percent, a hundred percent. Hopefully this podcast is helping some people get that knowledge.
[00:21:40] Hannah Brady: [00:21:40] amen. Amen. And I’m here to mold the minds of the youth,
[00:21:44] Dane Reis: [00:21:44] There we go.
[00:21:46] Hannah Brady: [00:21:46] though I’m still the youth. So I’m still the youth who are we kidding? I’m a baby in this industry in the grand scheme of things, but you know,
but you know, I’ll do what I can.
[00:21:54]Dane Reis: [00:21:54] Indeed. Thank you. And let’s move on to a time that I like to call your spotlight moment. That one moment in time you realized, yes, I am going to be an entertainer for a living or maybe it was, yes. This is what I need to be doing as an entertainer. Tell us about that.
[00:22:15]Hannah Brady: [00:22:15] Ooh,
juicy juicy stuff. Well, I mean, again, the first thing that comes to mind is, uh, the sudden turn of events, like the, the contract that I got in China. That was a game changer for me, that was a big deal because at the time I was, you know, I think I was fresh out of college. I had finished college and had been failing.
Um, I mean, I don’t, I want to put this diplomatically. I was not fully satisfied with my. Training that I had received outside of the city. And I just was feeling like unsure unsatisfied. I was still hungry for more knowledge, like what we were just talking about. I wasn’t getting that yet from the people who were training me.
[00:23:04] And so I went into the city. Looking for that kind of training, the real meat of the industry, not just vocal technique, but business and meeting people
and, and creating a network. You know, I was like starving for that at the time. And I was picking up random, you know, jobs, you know, like a corporate event here.
[00:23:25] I was auditioning to be in wedding bands and I was struggling, you know,
you know, I was working in, um, Yeah. I was working in the restaurant scene and trying to do auditions during the day. And I remember I was exhausted. I was just drained. I mean, I’m sure you may have been there, but many performers know that feeling of like getting up at 4:00 AM to go to an open call because you don’t have a manager anymore or whatever, you sit around all day, you get like 30 seconds to finally sing, but you’re exhausted because you were up all night working at a restaurant.
um, your audition kind of sucks and you’re like, okay, I’m going to do this again tomorrow. was the state I was in when I got the China gig. And this, this might sound a little corny, but I remember specifically walking between the tables at my restaurant job. Purposely daydreaming to take myself out of the negative feeling of that space, feeling small, feeling unimportant, you know, it was just a hostess, you know, that there’s a certain hierarchy.
[00:24:29] Yeah. Every restaurant. And I was thinking to myself, like I deserve more than this. I worked so hard
at my, at my work. I just, I know that there’s something better for me than struggling at this restaurant where. I don’t even have a voice. And I would imagine getting that phone call to be, you know, you know, just away on a plane, kind of, kind of that, um, that’s, uh, that song what’s her face in, in the Heights, the elevator chain by my window doesn’t phase me anymore.
[00:24:58] What is her name, Vanessa? Vanessa, she sings something about how she’s going to get on a plane and she’s going to fly and she’s going to find a better life. And when I got the China contract, that was exactly what happened. They,
They, they told me that they were going to cast me as the lead. That they really needed someone who wasn’t just a singer, but that had a physicality that could truly dance.
[00:25:21] They basically told me everything that I wanted to do in a role. They were going to fly me across
the, the ceiling on, on this winch. I was going to fly in a two point harness. Over the audience. And there was going to be fire and water effects and all these things. And it was on the other side of the world in China, a country that at the time I knew nothing about China.
[00:25:44] I didn’t even know what their currency was called, you know,
you know, and that moment was not only liberating, but it was also like, wow. Someone is willing to pay thousands of dollars to fly me across the world. Me, Me, me, like it almost, it felt like. Oh, my gosh, someone is listening. Somebody saw me, somebody saw my work as a profitable product.
That that I think was the most validating moment I had had at that point, you know, that first big contract and, you know, probably looking back, it may seem like a rinky dink production to other people. I don’t know. But for me it was like, Oh my God, this is it. This, this is the, this is the dream. And, um, yeah, it just felt amazing.
I, I looked back on that and whenever I’m feeling jaded,
[00:26:33] Dane Reis: [00:26:33] Yeah, that’s such a good story. And yeah, I can relate to all the New York stuff for sure.
Um, I used to, so I lived in Brooklyn, so I would. Take the train down to union square. And I pop out to get some food because the best caloric bang for my buck that I could find was the subway.
[00:26:55] That’s just off of this, off of union square. And cause they would always give you more meat than they’re supposed to. And I would get there was when they had the $5 foot longs and I get the $5 foot-long of the spicy Italian, because there’s the most calories in that and I’d cut it in half and it would be.
[00:27:12] Hannah Brady: [00:27:12] Oh my God, me too.
[00:27:14] Dane Reis: [00:27:14] That’s how I would. That’s how I would
like survive, eating
[00:27:17] in or afford eating in that city.
[00:27:21] Hannah Brady: [00:27:21] Oh my gosh. So expensive. And so the other thing that I think people just don’t quite realize or think about like outside the industry is
like, Living in New York and doing the audition scene or having a job, especially doing the, yeah. You have to have your whole life in a bag.
[00:27:37] I mean,
I mean, you gotta have like three changes of clothes, three dance shoes. And if you’re not trying to spend all your money on food on the way there, you have to prepare food. I remember the most stressful thing about that audition scene was having to fit it all into a bag. I could just never do it. And then it would be so heavy and uncomfortable and you know, the food I was living on.
I mean, God, I wasn’t even smart enough to go to subway or somewhere healthy. Cause even that five bucks, $5 was too much for me. Sometimes, sometimes I couldn’t even afford that. I mean, God, there was, there was one year, there was one year. I think it was my last year of college. I didn’t even, Oh, this is embarrassing.
[00:28:16] I didn’t even have enough money in my checking account to buy a train ticket, to go home for
like Easter. I think it was. And I called my mom and I was like, can you send me $20 so I could come home. It was so sad and, and, and. Every single penny counts in that lifestyle. Every single penny, you know, if you lose your Metro card, it’s like, it’s like, it’ll make you cry.
[00:28:39] It’ll make you cry. It’s a hard life,
you know, it’s it definitely toughens you up. Unless, unless you’re, unless you are lucky enough to have somebody kind of escorting you through the scene, you know, maybe you have really great housing at NYU and you’re living on West fourth street. You lucky duck, like the rest of us have to get up at four in the morning of, you know, haul booty from a Storia.
[00:29:04] Dane Reis: [00:29:04] Great. And let’s piggyback on that question and let’s talk about your number one book. Did moment walk us through that day, the auditions and call backs. If they happened to be a part of it, but what was going on in your life and what about that moment? Makes it your favorite? Booked it moment.
[00:29:23]Hannah Brady: [00:29:23] I don’t know if this counts, but I remember. I didn’t actually book this one job. So
does, does that count because I got pretty far and
[00:29:32] it was a very, yeah, it was a very proud moment for me. I just had a really good audition season, this one particular year.
Um, I think it was after. No, it was before.
[00:29:43] Okay. So it was after my China gig. And before I had worked on cruise ships and when I was younger, cruise ships were like my dream specifically because I come from a non-artist family and I just was dying to prove that you can make real money as a singer. I was like, I’m gonna prove I’m gonna prove my dad wrong.
Um, but that year I had just. Tons of callbacks, tons of auditions, EV it felt like everybody that I emailed with a cold email or every audition requests that I sent, I got an answer and I got a yes.
[00:30:21] Dane Reis: [00:30:21] Yeah. Cool.
[00:30:22] Hannah Brady: [00:30:22]
that was, that was a big deal for me. You know, I was like, all right, I must not be as bad as I thought I am.
[00:30:28] And I look back in my audition videos from that year, I was like, Ooh, busted girl. It was vocals are awful, but. I was,
you know, growing and learning so much. And I think that was the first time that I felt like. I’m worthy, you know, you know, I deserve to be here. I’m using all of these skills that have been on hold.
[00:30:48] It felt like for so long because I hadn’t,
you know, always had that kind of success. And when, when people finally start to take note or when you finally start meeting the right people, like I had some really great. Voice coaches. You know, I worked with drew Gasperini who does a lot of contemporary musical theater and is like writing music for films now, I think, but he helped me.
[00:31:10]Meet the right people and handle myself in a way that was like, yes, I am a professional. I’m not just, I’m not here to goof around.
You know? So that was a good season for me. And I didn’t actually, I think I finally booked a Royal Caribbean that year and it was after tons of callbacks for a bunch of other companies.
[00:31:29] But Royal was my goal company in my goal section of the industry. And I just felt frigging amazing. Amazing.
[00:31:37] Dane Reis: [00:31:37] Aw, that’s so good. And that absolutely is a book that moment to have all that validation and to be like this, like you said it best, you said, I felt like I had all of these talents or skills on hold that all of a sudden all came out and everything was working and clicking and you
kind of found yourself and that’s absolutely a book that moment.
[00:31:58] Hannah Brady: [00:31:58] yay. Awesome.
[00:32:00] Dane Reis: [00:32:00] Brilliant. And let’s take a moment to talk about the present. What projects are you working on now? What are you looking forward to? And we talked about it a little bit, but we are midst this global pandemic. How do you see the entertainment industry moving forward in the next couple of years?
[00:32:18]Hannah Brady: [00:32:18] Yes. So it’s been very piecemeal for me. That’s how I’m describing it. I,
you know, I’m sure most of us prefer to have one big longterm contract, full time that. You know, fills our days or nights, depending on what show it is. But, um, since the industry has been so fragmented lately, I’ve just been trying to focus on my side hustle, which is I teach voice lessons online.
Uh, and I really love doing that, uh, because I’ve found that. My niche is people who need confidence and it has turned into kind of like voice therapy. Uh, so I teach voice lessons online and I also am teaching some dance classes. I teach musical theater dance to, uh, kids and teenagers, and I’m also working on.
[00:33:09] I’m teaching an adult fitness heals class, which means, uh, you know,
uh, you know, how there’s like commercial heals. Dancing is like huge now, uh, tons and tons of choreographers have latched on to that movement over the years. Um, but I felt like it wasn’t accessible to non dancers. So I specifically crafted the class for people who don’t dance or maybe who used to dance and are too afraid to get back into it.
I mean, dancing in heels requires a lot of strength, way more strength than people realize. So I’ve kind of turned it into a workout , it’s, it’s a lot of fun and you know, those are the things that I’m just trying, I’m trying to stay afloat and also. You know, maintain my artistic sanity, you know, I, I just need to feel like I am still utilizing my skills that I’ve trained in for so many years as opposed to dropping the industry.
[00:33:58] I know a lot of people have left,
you know, right now, and they’re working in grocery stores or, you know, maybe they’ve switched more to like a media marketing kind of job and. And power to them. You know, you have to, you have to make money right now, but I haven’t quite gotten there yet. I love what I do and I would rather teach and, and share my knowledge, uh, as much as I can.
[00:34:19] And I think as well, Vegas is opening slowly but surely. So I’m looking at,
um, you know, corporate events and, you know, restaurants are hiring singers again. And, um, I just want to be available for this shows when they come back. Um, I prefer, especially now that I’ve done cruise ships, I prefer to do land-based production.
That is, that is my next goal. So as those things open up, um, that’s what I’m applying for. And, uh, Gosh, I’m doing so much. Like I also am trying to focus back on the commercials again, I haven’t really done commercials, uh, since I was a teenager because I’ve been traveling so much, I’ve been so fortunate to travel.
Um, and now that I’m based in Vegas, I’m like, Oh, sweet. Well, I can get back into commercials and films. Um, one of my biggest goals is moving musicals. So now that I’m here on the West coast, I can start attacking that goal again. So,
[00:35:12]Dane Reis: [00:35:12] Yeah, very cool. And you know what? I’ve never had to dance in heels, but I’ve had to dance in Cubans.
[00:35:18] Hannah Brady: [00:35:18] Cubans,
[00:35:19] Dane Reis: [00:35:19] I mean like Cubans, like
it’s a, it’s a shoe, it’s like a ballroom shoe, uh, uh, for men and they do have a heel on them. Not like heels, like women’s heels. Right. But. When I was doing a show in those, the entire show was in these shoes and it was it’s like I had to relearn how to dance.
[00:35:34] It was so difficult. Everything. Yeah. But I can
kind of relate to that.
[00:35:40]Hannah Brady: [00:35:40]
Well, I’ll tell you people, people don’t realize how strong your, your core needs to be to be able to, to balance your weight in the, in the forward. What’s the, I call it the center line and it’s hard to describe in a podcast, but it’s like the inner thighs and the calves and the inside of your ankles and your metatarsal walls, like have to be.
[00:35:59] So in line, and that comes from a really strong core.
I feel like, I feel like people who trained in ballet would probably be best to dancing in heels because they have that lower body strength to start with. And so that’s why I like to craft it for non dancers is because it really does build some muscle honey.
[00:36:17] It’s exhausting.
[00:36:19] Dane Reis: [00:36:19] Yeah. Yeah.
[00:36:21] Great. And let’s move on to one of my favorite sections in the interview. I call it the grease lightening round. I am going to ask you a handful of questions. I want you to answer them as quickly and concisely as possible one after another. Are you ready?
[00:36:38] Hannah Brady: [00:36:38] Yes.
[00:36:40] Dane Reis: [00:36:40] All right. First question. What was the one thing holding you back from committing to a career as an entertainer?
[00:36:47] Hannah Brady: [00:36:47] Fear of failure. I’m such a perfectionist.
[00:36:50]Dane Reis: [00:36:50] Second question. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
[00:36:54]Hannah Brady: [00:36:54] Fake it till you make it.
[00:36:57] Dane Reis: [00:36:57] third question. What is something that is working for you right now? Or if you’d like to go pre COVID, what was working for you before our industry went on pause
[00:37:08]Hannah Brady: [00:37:08] I’d say create more than you observe
[00:37:13] Dane Reis: [00:37:13] so good.
And, and in this time, We’ve really discovered that we can create. I think so many of us always put too much stock in the resume line or booking that contract. Right. And that was where we’ve received all of our fulfillment while there’s a lot to be said about that in this time, when we don’t have contracts, we don’t have those jobs to look forward to.
[00:37:34]We really have discovered that we can be the ones that create things and that we can control our artistry.
[00:37:41] Hannah Brady: [00:37:41] Oh, totally. A hundred percent.
There’s so there’s so we have so much more potential than, than we ever gave ourselves credit for a hundred
[00:37:47] Dane Reis: [00:37:47] hundred percent. And the fourth question, what is your best resource? Whether that is a book, a movie, maybe a YouTube video or podcast, a piece of technology that you found is helping your career right now.
[00:38:02]Hannah Brady: [00:38:02] Oh, I love,
um, autobiographies by major entrepreneurs. So I read Molly Bloom’s book called Molly’s game. If you saw the film, the book is very insightful. Her podcasts and interviews are so, so interesting and as well, reading. Autobiographies by like a Tony Robbins, Richard Branson, people like that because people who are in business have the most insightful knowledge.
[00:38:30] I swear.
[00:38:31]Dane Reis: [00:38:31] Yeah. And the fifth question, if you had to start your career from scratch, but you still had all the knowledge and experience you’ve collected from your career in this industry, what would you do or not do? Would you do anything differently or would you keep it the same?
[00:38:48]Hannah Brady: [00:38:48]
kind of kind of how I said before. I would definitely focus more on gathering a group of positive and driven, confident. collaborators. I would focus much more on creating my network and aligning myself with people I admire and creating a support system. I think that was something that has been kind of piecemeal for me over the years.
that’s, that’s the most important thing we need in this industry. we need other people to help. Us grow and succeed alongside us so that it doesn’t feel like such a cutthroat competition. Does that make sense?
[00:39:26]Dane Reis: [00:39:26] hundred percent. Absolutely. And the last question, what is the golden nugget knowledge drop you’ve learned from your successful career in this industry? You’d like to leave with everyone.
[00:39:38]Hannah Brady: [00:39:38] I would say
all, all the success and luxury in the world. Is honestly useless if you don’t, this sounds very corny. If you don’t share it with the right people, like if, if, if you attain everything you want, but you have to step on a ton, a ton of people. And like, what’s the point of being on a yacht by yourself?
[00:39:57] You know what I mean? Like
you need, you need to bring people with you to enjoy your success. And so I think it’s important to. Find the right people, encourage them, help them encourage you and grow side by side so that when you reach all the things you’ve been dreaming about, you have people to enjoy it with the right people.
[00:40:15]Dane Reis: [00:40:15] yes, such great advice. And to wrap up this interview, Hannah, it is time to give yourself a plug. Where can we find you? How do our listeners connect with you? Is there anything you want to promote?
[00:40:30]Hannah Brady: [00:40:30] Oh, totally. Well,
Well, Hey girl, I’m a singer, please book me. Um, yeah, my primary is I’m a, I’m a jazz singer and a rock singer. Those are my favorite things to sing like soul music. Um, so I’m looking for my next big production show. You know, I’m a big fan of start to Solei. I know there. On pause right now, but I’m looking for work as, as a full body performer, you know, production shows where I can sing and dance.
Um, other than that, yeah, I work at Summerlin dance Academy, where if you have kids, I teach kids dance classes there, as well as a couple of the places around town. Let me up. And I teach the adult fitness heals class there as well. And again, I cannot stress this enough. It is for everybody. So even if you are a dancer and you just kind of want to go back to basics of dancing and stilettos, like come through the classes so much, it’s fun.
[00:41:22] I set up lights and we like turned it into a little party,
you know, but. For people who maybe are not, you know, who are shy, this is also their class. This is structured for those people. So I’m, I’m hoping that my dancer people will spread the word, um, because it’s really the more the merrier it is spread out so that it’s socially distant, but we have such a great time and it’s a really good environment.
Um, and yeah, I have a website which is Hannah, a brady.com. And you can find all of my information about my voice lessons and my dance classes there. And you can literally book a lesson with me any time on this called Booksy, uh, B O O O K S Y. It’s an app it’s free and you can look me up on there as mishandled the coach one.
[00:42:09] Yeah. And the number one, and you can book your voice lesson. And based on my availability, which I’ve posted on there. And,
uh, yeah, I, I have voice students all over the country right now. And, um, I’m happy to take people from all over the world, you know, based on whatever time zones work and, uh, yeah. That’s, I mean, gosh, I’m, I’m so flexible right now.
[00:42:31] I am I’m open.
[00:42:35] Dane Reis: [00:42:35] beautiful. And for everyone listening out there, I have put the links to everything. Hannah. I said into the description of this episode. So you can easily get connected with her and be sure to share,
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