Chase Davidson

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EP 27: Chase Davidson

Dane Reis: [00:00:00] You booked it. Episode 27, Hey, entertainers and performers of the world. I’m your host, Dane Reis, and welcome to you. Booked it. Where I chat with inspiring entertainers, seven days a week by digging into their journey. We’re going to discover everything you need to do to be a successful entertainer, you know?

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[00:01:18] I will give you a shout out on an upcoming episode and now. Let’s do this. Oh righty. Let’s get started. I am excited to introduce my guest today. Chase Davidson. Are you ready for this chase? 

[00:01:34] Chase Davidson: [00:01:34] I’m I’m ready. Absolutely. 

[00:01:35] Dane Reis: [00:01:35] Let’s do this. All right. Chase is an actor. Peter singer from Atlanta, Georgia, cause most notable credits include the first national tour of spring awakening, younger brother in ragtime at Sierra Playhouse, which was a Suzy.

[00:01:51] Face award winner, Harold bride in Titanic. The musical at Saron be Playhouse frog in a year with frog and toad at synchronicity theater, Simeon in Joseph and the amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Cobb energy center and understudy for quasi Modo in the hunchback of Notre Dom at Aurora theater, chase also coaches dialects for various professionals and educational productions.

[00:02:18] Chase. 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, fill in the gaps, who you are, where you’re from, where you’re currently calling home and a little bit more about what you do as a professional in the entertainment industry. 

[00:02:37] Chase Davidson: [00:02:37] All right, I’ll go right ahead with all that, where I’m living right now.

[00:02:41] I just moved to Portland, Oregon. before that I spent 10 years in Atlanta, working locally, just with a bunch of different theaters there. So I’ll go, I’ll kind of go backward backwards and, I, the last few productions I did were with Sarah and B Playhouse and they are a very experimental theater.

[00:02:58] We do a lot of productions outside the artistic director. We’ll find a piece of land that he liked. He he’ll have a show in mind. He’ll find a piece of land that he likes, and then we’ll just without disturbing, too much nature, build a show there. And that’s what, that’s what I’ve been doing for the past.

[00:03:15] Or six years. And that has been, just to get, let, like you said, I was on, I was on a, my first big job was, you know, a first national tour and I haven’t felt that excited and fulfilled about a theater project since then. It was, it was a really, really, really incredible company to work with. And before that I was, I was on tour.

[00:03:36] I went to the Boston conservatory. and I’m from, I think you said I’m from Atlanta. And so I’ve been, I’ve been around, I’ve been around a lot, especially with the national tour. The national tour was two years. So I think we hit 45 different cities in two years. And I think that kind of answers your question, right?

[00:03:55] Dane Reis: [00:03:55] Sure. Absolutely. You’re great. Well, let’s move on to the next section here and I am a sucker for a good quote. What is your favorite quote that you would like to share with everyone? 

[00:04:09] Chase Davidson: [00:04:09] Oh my gosh. And this, I don’t know what this says about me, but, but it’s Oscar Wilde and he said I would get, I would get back.

[00:04:19] Sorry. I would give anything to get back my use except take exercise, get up early or be respectable.

[00:04:30] Sorry. I had to kind of remember it, but I don’t know why it’s such a lazy Oscar Wilde tweet. I just, I love it. I love it. It sounds perfect. It speaks to me a lot to me as a, as an actor, as an artist, I’m very scatterbrained. I’m not a, you know, I don’t, I don’t have a daily schedule. I kind of just, I kind of just blow wherever the wind blows.

[00:04:54] And I think there’s a lot to be said with that. Isn’t necessarily today. We’re kind of all on a very strict schedule and I’m not always been like that I’ve had to, but you know, I’m, I don’t think I’m like that, you know, down to my core as a person. So that, that, that quote speaks to me. 

[00:05:14] Dane Reis: [00:05:14] Beautiful. I love it.

[00:05:15] Well, let’s go to this next section now and chase, of course you are an entertainer. I’m an entertainer. And I think you’d agree. The entertainment industry is one of the most subjective. Brutally honest, personally, emotional industries in existence. And you of course know as well as I, that in order to create and have a successful career in this industry takes a lot of dedication and hard work.

[00:05:44] And while of course, yeah, there’s a lot of excitement and fun that being an entertainer, there are also our fair share of obstacles and challenges and failures that we. Have to experience and we’re going to experience, and we’re going to have to move forward through if we want to continue doing this. 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, 

[00:06:15] Chase Davidson: [00:06:15] this is going to be a really cut and dry answer just because it’s the way I was, was raised.

[00:06:20] Great, therapy. Like going to therapy. I, I think it’s, I know it’s such a broad thing, but I didn’t realize how self-conscious I was. I know everyone, I know everyone struggles with image, with self esteem, with confidence on stage. And I know we all hit that kind of, anxious moment, you know, after the excitement of theater, after the excitement of high school theater kind of dissipates, you know, Once you enter it and do it for a living.

[00:06:50] You’re like, no, this is, this is real. And then the anxiety and these, it can, it can murder you sometimes. Renee Fleming, a very famous opera singer, right? Writes that in her book, she, she said around her mid to late twenties, she just stood in the wings and was like, and was almost crippled by anxiety.

[00:07:10] And she had done it for years. And she’s one of the, I mean, she’s one of the, she’s one of my favorite voices in the world. Yeah. And it’s just, and that’s, I wish I had, you know, I come from a Southern family, you know, mental health wasn’t as recognized as it should have been. And I think I could have you got to tackle that before you tackle anything.

[00:07:31] I think you’ve got to tackle your mental health. And I think, I think there’s so much to be said for that. And yeah, I know that’s a weird answer, but that really what that’s really what it was. It was my mental health that I just. I had to really keep in check before I could move further as an artist.

[00:07:51] Dane Reis: [00:07:51] Absolutely. And I would say in the last gosh, maybe two to three years, the whole subject of mental health and personal development has blown up 

[00:08:02] Chase Davidson: [00:08:02] and that’s, and that’s really the only reason why I sought help because it’s been more accepted in society. And that’s why, yeah, it’s just, it’s a really great time to be alive.

[00:08:11] Dane Reis: [00:08:11] Of course. And it’s hard to talk about these things, but you realize that. We all pretty much experienced a lot of the same emotions and there’s only way we can really get beyond things is to talk about the thing. 

[00:08:22] Chase Davidson: [00:08:22] Oh yeah. Yeah. We all experienced the same emotions. It’s just like so many things have happened to us each, individually that we’re just in different places at any given time.

[00:08:32] And that’s what I couldn’t figure out the longest time. Was why, why is this person so mean to me? Why is this person so nice to me? Why am I so mad at this person? Why does this, but get, does that make sense? 

[00:08:45] Dane Reis: [00:08:45] Absolutely. 

[00:08:46] Chase Davidson: [00:08:46] Yeah. Yeah. It’s once you, once you really figure it out yourself, you’ll, you’ll start to really flourish in life.

[00:08:52] I mean, no matter what, no matter what profession you decide to go with. 

[00:08:56] Dane Reis: [00:08:56] For sure. And thank you so much for bringing that up because that is such a massive thing 

[00:09:03] Chase Davidson: [00:09:03] question I had. I had no other choice, but to bring it up like that, it’s, it’s such a, it’s such a relevant thing. And then the question you asked, it’s just, no, I think it’s very 

[00:09:14] Dane Reis: [00:09:14] important.

[00:09:15] Wonderful. I agree. Well, let’s move to the next section now to a time that I like to call your spotlight moment. That one moment in time that 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. 

[00:09:40] Chase Davidson: [00:09:40] That’s a really interesting question.

[00:09:42] That’s kind of the question that. Plagues a lot of us, like every day, like, why are we doing this? You know?

[00:09:51] Yeah. I’m just trying to think of when it clicked for me, because it’s always been ingrained it. Like I grew up with my grandmother was this course teacher. My dad was a rock star, not a rock star, but you know, he loves, he loved rock and roll growing up and did it through college and had a little rock band and he has a really good ear.

[00:10:07] That’s the more relevant thing. I kind of got that from him. My mother, also a visual arts teacher. So I’ve grown up just around it all. You know, my, my grandmother studied opera. She, she was invited the Cincinnati conservatory on a full scholarship, but she didn’t get to go because her father had a heart attack and it’s just not, you know, it just wasn’t easy.

[00:10:28] It wasn’t easy for one women to make those kinds of decisions back then. What’s really. It’s a terrible thing, but I don’t know. My family was always like, you’re doing, you’re doing what she wanted to do. You’re going out and just going for it. You know? So I think, I think it always just kind of was in me and I always wanted to do it.

[00:10:47] So I, I hate to say it like that, but it’s just, 

[00:10:52] Dane Reis: [00:10:52] I’ve known 

[00:10:53] Chase Davidson: [00:10:53] no other, no. So nothing else has made me more fulfilled because I’m not going to say happy cause I’m not always happy too, but. It’s still just social still. Absolutely it, you know, you know what I mean? 

[00:11:06] Dane Reis: [00:11:06] Sure. And I think most people listening to this also can relate.

[00:11:09] Chase Davidson: [00:11:09] Yeah. I hope so. Wonderful. 

[00:11:12] Dane Reis: [00:11:12] Well, let’s piggyback on that question and let’s talk about your number one, booked it moment. Walk us through that day, the auditions and the callbacks. If those happen to be a part of it, what was going on in your life? And what about that moment? Makes it your favorite moment?

[00:11:34] Chase Davidson: [00:11:34] Well, so, I mean, obviously I’m going to talk about spring awakening because that’s the biggest thing on my resume. When I booked spring awakening, it was about four years after I had decided to do theater as a profession. So I was only in school for about two. So when I booked it, it was honestly like winning a lottery.

[00:11:51] I can’t really describe it any other way. It, let me start from the beginning from the audition. I heard about the auditions the night before, when we were all hanging out at someone’s apartment. And I was like, ah, I have to go to those. I like, I got to go. It was already midnight or so. So I went home, looked through my, audition book real quick, decided on a Beatles song, try to get some sleep, got up the next day.

[00:12:18] I’ve tried to put my contacts in my eyes. Weren’t having it. I just wore my glasses. I got to the audition venue. It was like American idol. There were tons of people there. I, forgot my audition. So I know this is a crazy story. You’re like really booked at chase. That’s nice job. You know, what I’m trying to say is that I, I guess I was, I was a mess by the time I got to the audition.

[00:12:45] Yeah. But I, I didn’t have a song ready. I had, my eyes were bloodshot, so I, I borrowed my friend’s book. He had paid Jude and his book and I was like, I know that song by the. Like tobacco my hands. So I sang it. they wanted me to come back the next day. So I came back next day, staring through a lot of the spring awakening pieces cause I was familiar with it.

[00:13:07] And then she invited me, to, to New York for a week. And to kind of

[00:13:16] out there, it became very apparent to me that it was like a pretty serious callback. well actually, no, no, no. Looking back on it now. Cause I went to it. I sang for everyone. Duncan Sheik congratulated me at the urinal Dunkin cheek. This guy that I listened to in the nineties, I was, you know, relieving myself after a really nerve wracking audition.

[00:13:38] And he comes up to the relation self beside me, which I know it was really such a weird detail to include, but it was. It was a bizarre moment. Cause I was like, thanks. Yeah. He congratulated me on my online, online audition there at the urinal, but I, I, I had a really great time at the audition meeting everyone.

[00:14:04] It was the, the creative team, like my, Tom holes, Michael Mayer, Dunkin cheek. just all the producers. I probably didn’t really even know where I was when I was, I probably didn’t even know the crab situations when I’m trying to say is that it all happened so quickly that I just kind of saying, did the best audition I could then the, the monitor was like, thanks us all in your premium.

[00:14:28] And that, thanks. That’s all we need from you. It was just kind of, I don’t know. I thought that was the, I thought that was it for me. When she said, that’s all we need from you. I took the bus home, the Fung wall from Chinatown to Boston and the whole way home, I was just like, cool. That was a waste of time because I’m very hard on myself.

[00:14:46] I’m a very hard on myself. I’m working on that. But the next day I would just, it was so beautiful and we were all hanging out in the quad or, you know, out in the, in the Fens area. And, I got a call. I just the whole bus ride home. I thought that I didn’t get it. I was like, you know what? I tried my best.

[00:15:04] I tried my best and I was just myself. I didn’t try to bring something to, I just, I just brought myself and my talent and that’s all I can do. And then the minute I S I S I had a missed call and a voicemail from New York. And that’s when I was like, Oh my God, this happened. Actually I checked the voicemail and I was about to go into a jazz class and everyone’s like, nah, no, no.

[00:15:35] And yeah, it was a voicemail that was carrying, her name was Carrie. She said, Hey chase. This is Carrie with the roundabout theater company. Just give me a call when you can. That was it.

[00:15:51] Yeah. Yeah, coded. It really was. But I mean, then I was what, 20, it was surreal. It was very surreal. That’s 

[00:15:59] Dane Reis: [00:15:59] great. And I love to talk, I love that. You talked about how, when you went to that audition, you just said, this is me not trying to be anything, prove anything. 

[00:16:11] Chase Davidson: [00:16:11] Well, and you know, it’s really because that was a long time ago.

[00:16:16] So I kind of want to get back to that. Cause over the years and working in this industry, you, you can, you can kind of lose some of that innocence. And some of that, like, I’m just me. I don’t care about being me I’m me. Or like, I’m, I care about being me. I don’t care what you think. And that’s, that’s hard.

[00:16:36] That’s a hard thing to do with casting directors, because it’s like, you do have to care what they say, you know, but to be okay with who you are, which again, ties in with the mental health. Let’s 

[00:16:50] Dane Reis: [00:16:50] talk about the present for a little bit. What are you working on now? What are you looking forward to? And of course we’re amidst this wild global pandemic.

[00:17:02] How do you see the entertainment industry moving forward in the next couple of years? 

[00:17:09] Chase Davidson: [00:17:09] That’s a really, that’s a really interesting question. Especially the last part. I don’t know. Of course seeing TV in song or yeah, TV and film obviously are aren’t going to take too many heads, but theater is it’s. I don’t know.

[00:17:25] I don’t know. as the virus kind of eases back and everyone can kind of go outside again. I’m thinking that that experimental theater is going to, you’re going to see a rise in experimental, Theater, you know, whether it’s like trying to incorporate some social distancing or, taking it outside, like serum has done.

[00:17:47] I think you’re going to see a lot of like really interesting experimental outside, maybe, you know, touring type type productions. So what I’m looking forward to as well, like I said, I just moved to Portland, Oregon, so I knowingly. Put myself in a new community that I don’t know anything about. And I’m very, very excited to kind of explore it, to introduce myself to people.

[00:18:12]I do have connections. I have a lot of friends out here. but, and I also have things that I can’t talk too much about, but some things that might come into fruition as time. It goes on, but again, it’s all kind of depend on what happens in the world and with the pandemic. We’ll see. It’s a weird, weird time.

[00:18:36] So yeah, it’s hard to talk about things we look forward to, unfortunately, because a lot of people, a lot of things that people were looking forward looking forward to got canceled. All 

[00:18:46] Dane Reis: [00:18:46] right. Well, it is time to move into one of my favorite sections in the interview. I call it the grease lightning round 

[00:18:54] Chase Davidson: [00:18:54] grease light, man.

[00:18:55] Dane Reis: [00:18:55] Yeah. 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? Yes, I’m ready. Okay. First question. What was the one thing holding you back from committing to a career as an entertainer? 

[00:19:14] Chase Davidson: [00:19:14] My self image. 

[00:19:17] Dane Reis: [00:19:17] Second question. What was the best piece of advice you have ever received?

[00:19:24] Chase Davidson: [00:19:24] You should. Okay. It was a compliment and it was can, it doesn’t have to be one word. It can explain it. You 

[00:19:30] Dane Reis: [00:19:30] can explain away. 

[00:19:32] Chase Davidson: [00:19:32] Okay. Sorry. Someone was trying to say that I did a good job. I didn’t really good at do a good job, but I could have done a good job. And the way he complimented me was he said, Wow, you should be so confident and it was a compliment, but he was trying to figure out how to compliment me.

[00:19:53] And he was right, because throughout that entire performance, it was being, it was being dominated by me second, guessing myself and made just. Completely like obsessed with, with my moment to moment rather than living rather than living in the moment. Does that make sense? 

[00:20:11] Dane Reis: [00:20:11] Absolutely. Absolutely. And the third question, what is something that is working for you now, or if you’d like to go pre COVID, what was working for you before our industry went on pause, 

[00:20:24] Chase Davidson: [00:20:24] therapy.

[00:20:25] Sorry. I know it’s so cut and dry, but therapy. Therapy therapy therapy. I, the more I know myself, the more I am better at this all subjective, but yeah, I can’t, I can’t stress that enough, knowing yourself, knowing yourself for sure. Whoever that is, whoever that is, figure that out. Don’t let other people figure that out for you.

[00:20:49] Please figure that out yourself. 

[00:20:52] Dane Reis: [00:20:52] Yeah. And the fourth question, what is the best resource? Whether that is a book, a movie, a YouTube video, a podcast, a piece of technology that you found is helping your career right now, 

[00:21:06] Chase Davidson: [00:21:06] YouTube, but YouTube itself, YouTube, YouTube, YouTube, YouTube. I mean, there’s like, I can’t.

[00:21:12] I can’t tell you how many vocal techniques techniques I’ve studied on YouTube. How many scenes I’ve studied on YouTube? How many dialects I study and that I refer people to study. And like I’ve had referred to me from teachers on YouTube. I’m just saying it’s just such a platform for so many examples of things.

[00:21:32] Even building this, this Ikea chest that I’m looking at right now, I couldn’t find the. The instruction manual and that was on YouTube. So of 

[00:21:42] Dane Reis: [00:21:42] course it is. Yeah. Yeah. Great. 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 the industry, what would you do or not do?

[00:22:01] Would you do anything differently or would you keep it the same? 

[00:22:04] Chase Davidson: [00:22:04] And that’s one of the grease lighten. Questions. Yup. That’s not fair. 

[00:22:12] Dane Reis: [00:22:12] I know. 

[00:22:13] Chase Davidson: [00:22:13] Oh, that’s a hard one. Wow. My shoes.

[00:22:20] I don’t know, actually, you know what? Maybe I don’t have my, yeah. Again, self image. Like, don’t worry about it too much. I, my, my problem, my whole time was, was constant self doubt. And so every, every question, I’m sorry, Dan is always going to go back to that, get out of your way, get out of your way and see so many people said that throughout training and throughout the industry, you know, working in the industry, but you you’d never really know what it means until you figure it out yourself, get out of your way.

[00:22:51] Dane Reis: [00:22:51] For sure. And it’s hard to, there’s so many things that are attached to someone saying. Get out of your way or even yourself telling yourself, get out of your own way. Yeah. It’s much more complex, complex than, than 

[00:23:05] Chase Davidson: [00:23:05] just the words. 

[00:23:08] Dane Reis: [00:23:08] Yes. You have to work on you and really be introspective about why you are, who you are.

[00:23:16] Chase Davidson: [00:23:16] Yeah. So I think so. I think what the word that killed me the most was just an audition. Cause then rehearsals in class in an educational setting. It’s it’s, you know, it’s different, it’s nurturing. It’s it’s what have you, but in an audition, it’s, you know, there’s not an audience they’re about to watch you perform.

[00:23:35] There’s an audience of people sitting behind a desk with maybe a computer in front of their face that are doing a job that have been there all day. So you can’t of all that when you go into the audition, but that’s the reality of the situation. For sure. So you cannot go in like you think you should go in, you gotta just walk into the room and that’s that’s I, I, I was too nervous.

[00:24:03] I was, I was eaten up by anxiety before auditions and that’s, that’s not the way you do it. That is not the way to do it. You have to, and that’s where therapy has come into play. It’s you know, You gotta, you gotta be comfortable with yourself and just walk into the room. Hey, how’s it going? 

[00:24:19] Dane Reis: [00:24:19] Absolutely. Well, the last question, what is the golden nugget knowledge drop you have learned from your successful career in the industry that you would like to leave with all our listeners?

[00:24:34] Chase Davidson: [00:24:34] Okay. You know what? I think it was just when the adult woman and spring awakening, the two years on Tura was like my junior and senior year of college. And that like, I, I was still learning some things about the business about not, not only the business, but the craft. So what Angie said to me, she was the adult woman.

[00:24:53] She was like, I just had one line. I just had one simple line as gay org and I would do it. I would do it with, you know, with like, like kind of quirky and. Like, like, you’d imagine a little German anxiety written German school child might say it, but she was like, look, I like what you’re doing. I see what you’re trying to do, but it own, it just be a pig.

[00:25:17] And she said, be a pig for your character, which is a quote that she heard from it from a teacher, but, be a pig for your character. And that ties back to, it’s not what you’re saying. It’s why you’re saying it. And that’s eat it all up and go for it. Because again, if it’s too much, someone will pull you back.

[00:25:39] Dane Reis: [00:25:39] Right. But give them the reason to say 

[00:25:41] Chase Davidson: [00:25:41] yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah. And that’s, and that kind of, after that, it just like, I approached every role so different. It was almost like I just, after that, I just hit the ground running it. Not professionally, just, just in my interpretation of things. Like when I sit down to look at a character too, like when I’m deciding what to do with the character, just, it just flows, it flows, it feels more natural.

[00:26:06] It feels more organic, but that was, that was the moment. That was the moment. 

[00:26:11] Dane Reis: [00:26:11] I love that. And to wrap up this interview, it is time to give yourself a plug. Where can we find you? How do our listeners connect with you? Is there anything you’d like to promote? 

[00:26:26] Chase Davidson: [00:26:26] Sure. I’ll pronounce, I’ll promote my IG account.

[00:26:30]I’m on, I’m on Facebook chase Davidson and I’m at, at chase Gregory and Gregory is filled G R E G O R I E because Y was taken, yeah, it’s all on me. I will, I will be posting a lot because I actually just, just got back from a hike today. My, my very first hike in the Portland area. So, and it was a blast.

[00:26:56] It was everything that I ever wanted. It was beautiful. 

[00:27:00] Dane Reis: [00:27:00] Beautiful. Well, chase, thank you so much for joining me today. It was great to have you. 

[00:27:07] Chase Davidson: [00:27:07] Well, thank you so much, Dane. 

[00:27:09] Dane Reis: [00:27:09] You bet. 

[00:27:09] Chase Davidson: [00:27:09] Yeah, absolutely. 

[00:27:12] Dane Reis: [00:27:12] Thank you so much for joining us today. My one call to action for you is to go to youbookeditpodcast.com and join our free email community.

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