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EP 28: Lauren Newman
Dane Reis: [00:00:00] You booked it. Episode 28, 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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[00:01:22] Let’s do this. Okay. Let’s get started. I am excited to introduce my guest today. Lauren Newman, are you ready for this Lauren?
[00:01:33] Lauren Newman: [00:01:33] I’m ready. Let’s do this.
[00:01:35] Dane Reis: [00:01:35] Right. Lauren grew up in Southern California where she trained at the inland dance Academy. And later at the school of international ballet, she attended several summer intensives, including the Boston ballet and.
[00:01:49] ABTS California location. She also participated in several grand Prix competitions and was a finalist in New York, 2010. She continued her studies at the university of California, Irvine, where she received her degree in dance. She began dancing professionally at the age of 17 at Knott’s Berry farm and Disneyland.
[00:02:10] She also performed in several musical theater productions, including musical theater, West big fish and Redlands theater festival of beehive in 2015, Lauren moved to Las Vegas to dance in Dawn Arden’s Jubilee until that show, unfortunately, Had to close. She is now currently dancing in Vegas to show where she’s been employed for the last four years.
[00:02:34] She’s also a swing for crazy girls and the Beatles show, all of which are located inside planet Hollywood. Lauren. 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 about 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.
[00:03:00] Lauren Newman: [00:03:00] So, hi, I’m Lauren. I’m so happy to be here. And I grew up in Redlands, California, which is about an hour East from LA. And I lived there for most of my life. And then I moved to Irvine where I was there for about. Four or five years. And then I moved to Las Vegas where I’ve lived for the past five years.
[00:03:25] And yeah, I’m a professional dancer. I have been in Vegas, the show for four years, which is at planet Hollywood, as you mentioned. And I also dance and Vito show, which is a Beatles tribute band that is before Vegas, the show in the same theater. And I also am a swing for crazy girls. And that is one of America’s longest running burlesque show.
[00:03:52] I think it’s been around for about 32 years. Yeah. A while. And then on top of that, I go go for towel group and they have day clubs and night club. If you’re familiar with Marcie towel and Lavo, Brent.
[00:04:10] Dane Reis: [00:04:10] Perfect. Well, let’s move on to the next section here. And Lauren, look, I’m a sucker for a good quote. What is your favorite quote?
[00:04:20] You’d like to share with our listeners?
[00:04:22] Lauren Newman: [00:04:22] I have to say my favorite quote is luck is when preparation meets up opportunity.
[00:04:29] Dane Reis: [00:04:29] I love that quote. And can you talk about how you’ve applied that to your daily life and your career?
[00:04:36] Lauren Newman: [00:04:36] Yeah, I feel like everything truly great. That’s happened in my life. I’ve made have been by putting in the hard word.
[00:04:46]and usually it’s really an all aspects of my life. So I’m being productive every day. I’m taking class, I’m working out, I’m eating right. I’m meditating. and I’m just trying to gather as much information as I possibly can on what I’m striving to do. And I feel like I just get in the zone and. For me to like, stay in that zone.
[00:05:10] It helps divine my daily routines. I have to be doing it every day. And that’s when I feel like the universe is working with me. And George starts to open.
[00:05:22] Dane Reis: [00:05:22] I love that. And I love that you’ve taken such a holistic approach to it. It’s not just, I go to dance class and I train my, my craft, but you’re taking it from your mindset, your mental health, your physical health, everything.
[00:05:36] And I think that’s really a really important part for people to take note of, right. You know, our bodies are our tools and that’s how we, you have a living and have a career in this industry. And it’s so important to take care of all of it.
[00:05:51] Lauren Newman: [00:05:51] Right. I agree. And I think it’s just, when all of that is working together, it’s still important.
[00:05:59] I really do
[00:06:00] Dane Reis: [00:06:00] for sure. Well, let’s move to this section now. And Lauren, of course you are an entertainer. I am an entertainer and I think you’d agree. That the entertainment industry is one of the most subjective, brutally, honest, personally emotional industries, either of us know about.
[00:06:18] Lauren Newman: [00:06:18] And
[00:06:18] Dane Reis: [00:06:18] of course, you know, as well as I, that in order to create and to have a successful career in this industry, like you’re having now, it takes a lot of dedication and hard work.
[00:06:29] And while they’re there is that outrageous amount of fun and excitement being on stage. There are also our fair share of obstacles and challenges and failures that we are going to have to experience. And we’re going to have to move forward through if we want to continue being professionals in this industry.
[00:06:47] So tell us what is. One key challenge, obstacle or failure you’ve experienced in your career. And how could you come out the other side better? Because of it?
[00:06:57] Lauren Newman: [00:06:57] Confidence is my biggest obstacle. I feel like with dancing and performing in particular, I. I’ve learned to just trust that my training is there and my technique is there.
[00:07:11] And to kind of let that go a little bit so I can let myself shine through and really be confident in my own skin.
[00:07:19] Dane Reis: [00:07:19] Absolutely. I think there’s a lot to be said about trusting all that training all the time. We’ve put in too. Our craft and just letting it do its work, because I’m sure you, I could relate to being in the audition room.
[00:07:33] And , I can imagine are the ones where you, you were calm, you weren’t stressing out. You just said, you know what, I’m going to do this. And it’s, I don’t care what happens. And those are the best ones, but the ones where you’ve put all of your trust into everything that you’ve worked on throughout your entire life.
[00:07:53] Lauren Newman: [00:07:53] That’s so true and you know, like a whole nother league. So it’s, it’s being able to face rejection a lot and you just have to know to keep going and believe in yourself. I think our industry is so hard and that you don’t only have to be hunted, but Kathleen directors has specific looks that they want.
[00:08:15] And I’ve seen a lot of the best dancers at an audition, not get captain. You don’t know why it could come down to just a certain look, but you just have to keep telling yourself that you are good enough and that something perfect for you is going to come. And you just got to keep believing. Totally.
[00:08:34] Dane Reis: [00:08:34] I 100% agree with you.
[00:08:37] Well, let’s move to this 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, yeah, this is what I need to be doing as an entertainer. Tell us about that.
[00:08:58] Lauren Newman: [00:08:58] So I think when I was probably 1918, I was still in junior college and my brother is actually a ragtime piano player.
[00:09:08] And he had just gotten a job at Knott’s Berry farm and there’s the loom playing ragtime piano. And one day he came to me and said that they were auditioning for dancers for their summer show. So I went to the audition. I got the job and this was my first professional dance job, really? And it was just such a blast.
[00:09:29] We were both living at home at the time. So we would drive from Redlands to not very violent. It was about an hour drive, like five to six days a week, but it was so much fun because the cast was amazing and the saloon is actual a real saloon. They brought from Calico ghost town. Which I don’t know if you’ve been there, but it’s kind of on the way to California from Vegas, but it’s his old mining town that’s been around since the 18 hundreds.
[00:10:00] There was this real saloon that they have at Knott’s Berry farm. And so when we were doing that show, it just felt so authentic. And to be honest, he was a little risque for a family friendly park. We just had a blast. There were two singers, two dancers, and I felt at that time, you know, I’m doing what I love, I’m getting paid for it, and this is what I’m gonna do.
[00:10:27] And I’ve had a professional dance job ever since.
[00:10:30] Dane Reis: [00:10:30] I love that. Well, let’s piggyback on that question and talk about your number one, booked it moment. Walk us through that day, the auditions and call backs. If those happened to be a part of it, what was going on in your life? And what about that moment?
[00:10:46] Makes it your favorite?
[00:10:50] Lauren Newman: [00:10:50] Sure. So my favorite book, the moon, when I got Jubilee here in Vegas, my mom was, is a dancer and she was in the original cast as hello Hollywood. Hello? Which, yeah, which is Don artist’s show. I’m sure. You know, before Jubilee, I was in Reno. And so I just grew up hearing about it.
[00:11:13] And when I was old enough, I went, see Jubilee and just fell in love. I mean, it was so grand and the costumes are beautiful, but just the style of dancing and it just was so classy. I loved it. And I. I really wanted to be in it. So I have, I actually auditioned for it four times before I got in, once in LA and three in Vegas.
[00:11:36] And I remember I’m kind of on the cusp of their height line. I think the cutoff was five eight, and I’m about five, seven and three quarters. And I remember going in to my first audition and I wore this really high buttons. So I would look taller. And the first thing they do is measure you with a stick.
[00:11:55] And I remember them just flattening out my button, so getting humiliated. But as soon as that me, I kept going. And the second two times is when I made it to the call back. And, that’s they have you come back in a day and line up with the cast and everything, but. It was the fourth time that I felt like super, I nailed the audition.
[00:12:21] I felt good. I felt, but I go back to California and I’m waiting, waiting, waiting, didn’t hear anything. And at this time I had been dancing at Disneyland for three years and teaching and going to every audition class. And some of those auditions in LA were pretty brutal. That was cattle calls. There’d be like lines wrapped around the building and, you know, waiting in the morning with your full face and makeup.
[00:12:52] But yeah, we all, we’ve all been there, but yeah, I was making cuts and then getting cut at the end. And so I was just kind of at my wit’s end, really just doing some things for my next chapter. And so it kind of comes full circle. I was at this callback for 83 trickles. Which is a professional musical theater company in orange County.
[00:13:15] And we had to learn these four songs in four part harmony, which we had to do and the show was sideshow. So it kind of takes place in this carnival environment and the dance call back was that the end? So we had to beauty, three gypsies, and one was, he wanted one gypsy to be sassy and one to be super shy.
[00:13:39] And the other one. You want it to be as if you were a man pretending to be a gypsy. So low and behold, it’s my turn. I have the staff down. I have the shy one down, but I did not have this man gypsy down.
[00:13:58] Sir. He asked me to be the man gypsy and I totally botched it. I don’t even know what I did and I got cut and I just felt at the time, like so frustrated, it was 10:00 PM. I’ve been there like all night and I get to my bag and I had a missed call from a seven Oh two number and it was Diane Palm offering me a contract for Jubilee.
[00:14:24] Dane Reis: [00:14:24] Oh, what a great way to end that day.
[00:14:31] Lauren Newman: [00:14:31] It was just the best feeling. And I packed up my bags and was in Vegas in a week.
[00:14:36] Dane Reis: [00:14:36] Beautiful. That’s so good. Well, let’s take a moment to talk about the present. What projects are you working on now? What are you looking forward to? And of course we are amidst this global pandemic.
[00:14:50] How do you see the entertainment industry moving forward in the next couple of years?
[00:14:55] Lauren Newman: [00:14:55] Yeah right now, is this set a weird time? it’s kind of allowed me to recharge. I know most dancers and the girls I work with, we all have about three jobs and so we’re constantly going. And so it’s really been nice to have this time to slow down and do things for myself.
[00:15:14] I don’t normally do, but. Yeah. As far as the entertainment industry goes, I’m not sure what it’s going to look like. As things reopen. I know with Vegas, the show, we haven’t heard much just yet, but I really do hope that we’ve seen the word with this and that things are gonna start getting back to normal and we can all go back to work and.
[00:15:40] I would, I would really love to see more production show’s opening unless, these past couple of years have been really sad with the show’s closing. so wonderful shows of clothes. I believe. I thought to see you in one of my favorite shows here, bass. And really that was just bad to see that close. So more shows like that.
[00:16:05] Dane Reis: [00:16:05] Yeah. I really wish and hope for the same thing, but I remember even about a year and a half before Baz, there were something like. 22 shows that closed in one year, it was outrageous. It was like this massive calling of shows up and down the strip. And there’s, there’s still loads and loads and loads of shows going on, but wow, that was a crazy time, but hopefully everything comes back, bounces back and we get a handful, more production shows, more work and more opportunities for all of us performers.
[00:16:40] Lauren Newman: [00:16:40] My dream.
[00:16:42] Dane Reis: [00:16:42] Great. Well, let’s move into one of my favorite sections of the interview and I call it the grease lightning round. I’m going to ask you a handful of questions and I want you to answer them as quickly and concisely as possible one after another. Are you ready?
[00:17:00] Lauren Newman: [00:17:00] I’m ready.
[00:17:01] Dane Reis: [00:17:01] Great question. What was the one thing holding you back from committing to a career as an entertainer?
[00:17:08] Lauren Newman: [00:17:08] I feel like I’ve been pretty committed to my life entertaining, but I have always wanted to try New York and the thought of starting over at this point in my life scares me. But that is the one thing I haven’t committed to for
[00:17:24] Dane Reis: [00:17:24] sure. Second question. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
[00:17:31] Lauren Newman: [00:17:31] Never give up. it’s so cliche, but just don’t ever give up in your dreams and aspirations.
[00:17:39] Dane Reis: [00:17:39] Agreed. 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.
[00:17:51] Lauren Newman: [00:17:51] So , I was working a lot six days a week, some days I would do the day club and the two shows into the nightclubs and back into the day club.
[00:18:01] And I am so grateful for the work I’ve been given and work was working for me this time. I’ve been able to kind of turn inward and analyze my life. And I think it’s easy to fall into a routine of work, work, work, but. I think it’s so important to find a balance, to not get burnt out. You know, you need to work hard, but it’s important to keep that enthusiasm and love for what you do alive.
[00:18:29] Dane Reis: [00:18:29] I agree. And especially when you are like a lot of entertainers in the Vegas market, that we will have a show, which is your regular long running show contract. We layer that with freelancing in gig work because we have the time why not? And it’s also fulfilling in so many different ways and it is so easy.
[00:18:50] Easy to just say yes, yes, yes. Because you want to say yes, because you want to continue to be thought of in front of mind for all those different companies and agencies that are gonna be giving you that work. But absolutely. I think this entire. COVID time has certainly allowed us to reflect and say, you know what, as much as I love working and doing all those different jobs and all the different experiences, we start realizing how important it is to also focus on ourselves.
[00:19:21] We kind of lose sight of that sometimes, and that there’s a lot of value in there as well.
[00:19:26] Lauren Newman: [00:19:26] I agree. And just kind of reminds you of why you’re here in the first place and kind of where you want to go from there.
[00:19:34] Dane Reis: [00:19:34] Absolutely. Well, let’s go to the fourth question. What is the best resource? Whether that is a book, a movie, a YouTube video, a podcast, maybe it’s a piece of technology that you found is helping your career right
[00:19:49] Lauren Newman: [00:19:49] now.
[00:19:50] So right now through quarantine, I’ve been a bit selfish, but I’ve been taking some time for myself and I’ve really been focusing on cardio and strength training. So I’m literally on my last day today, I’m of Shaun T’s insanity workout. 1990, but it’s been a two month challenge and it was really intense, but my endurance is so high and I I’ve just seen amazing results in my body.
[00:20:19] That from day one to now is. It was really cool to see, and I am anxious to see how it’s going to reflect in my dancing and other things like that. And, along with that, I’ve been doing videos from the match fit well on YouTube, her name’s Maddie. And she does all that at home workouts, but she has a dancer background.
[00:20:41] So some of her work ethic is geared towards dancers, others aren’t, but I really just love them. And I do them almost every day. I love that.
[00:20:50] Dane Reis: [00:20:50] And that’s going to serve you tenfold when everything goes back to normal and we go back to work.
[00:20:55] Lauren Newman: [00:20:55] Right.
[00:20:57] Dane Reis: [00:20:57] Great. Well, let’s go to the fifth question. You had to start your career from scratch.
[00:21:03] But you still have all the knowledge and experience you’ve collected from your career in the entertainment industry, what would you do or not do? Would you do anything differently or would you keep it the same?
[00:21:15] Lauren Newman: [00:21:15] I would give everything. I do a hundred percent and I would have the utmost confidence in what I do in the positions that I go to.
[00:21:24] And I just would not care what anyone else thinks of
[00:21:27] Dane Reis: [00:21:27] me. I love that because it’s so easy to get inside our heads. Isn’t it. And.
[00:21:33] Lauren Newman: [00:21:33] When
[00:21:33] Dane Reis: [00:21:33] you boil it down, it doesn’t matter. You can go screw up. Who cares, whatever, move on. There’s always another opportunity.
[00:21:42] Lauren Newman: [00:21:42] Right.
[00:21:43] Dane Reis: [00:21:43] But it’s easy to say that isn’t it, but in practice, it’s very difficult, but just to keep reminding yourself that whatever, you know, let’s just put it out there, see what happens
[00:21:56] Lauren Newman: [00:21:56] and just not being afraid to be you and just trust in yourself.
[00:22:01] Dane Reis: [00:22:01] Absolutely. Well, let’s get to the last question. What is the golden nugget knowledge drop you’ve learned from your successful career in this industry that you’d like to leave with our listeners?
[00:22:13] Lauren Newman: [00:22:13] I just previously kind of mentioned it, but trust and believe in yourself always. And you can do it. Love
[00:22:21] Dane Reis: [00:22:21] it.
[00:22:22] And to wrap this interview up, Lauren, it is time for you to give yourself a plug. Where can we find you? How do our listeners connect with you? Is there anything you want to promote?
[00:22:34] Lauren Newman: [00:22:34] As far as connecting with me, I’m on Instagram and Facebook. My Instagram is Lolo neumes Lolo, and then any w M S and on Facebook.
[00:22:46] I’m Laura Newman.
[00:22:48] Dane Reis: [00:22:48] Love it, Lauren. It has been fantastic having you on today. Thank you so much.
[00:22:53] Lauren Newman: [00:22:53] Thank you for having me. I really enjoyed being here.
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