EP 35: Tiffany Belzar (autogenerated)
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[00:01:22] Let’s do this. All right. Let’s get started. I am excited to introduce my guest today. Tiffany Bell’s. Are, are you ready for this, Tiffany?
[00:01:34] Tiffany Belzar: [00:01:34] Oh, I’m ready.
[00:01:36] Dane Reis: [00:01:36] All right. Tiffany is an award winning singer songwriter, performer instructor, and front woman to the indie rock band, D D white Tiffany’s voice. Featured in the opening credits to Austrian TV series, trucker hernia blood, her song, even a girl was highlighted in the 2019 audience award Soho international film festival winner, Misty button D white has been featured by paste magazine day.
[00:02:04] Trotter. So far sounds and reverb nation, their song, pour a cup of place runner up in the international coffee music festival in 2017 D D white song. Welcome to New York is featured as opening credits in the web series B sides. Tiffany has also written music with multiple multi-platinum songwriters.
[00:02:28] Tiffany compose the music for the kids, musical Gary, the invincible in 2013. And prior to that, toured the country with the marvelous Wonderettes and off-Broadway with the national tour of Angelina ballerina, the musical Tiffany enjoys instructing her wildly popular mommy and me music and yoga classes and provides a live music entertainment for weddings, birthdays, other events, and online kids’ media with her company.
[00:02:56] Doodle company.com. Be sure to check out Tiffany’s children’s music video series on YouTube and keep a lookout for her upcoming solo EAP. Tiffany holds a 200 hour yoga teacher trainer certificate from yoga works, New York city music together, certificate and a BFA from the Boston conservatory with a focus in voice and dance.
[00:03:20] She lives in New Jersey with her husband and daughter who was born. Okay. August, 2019 and is a featured baby model for Newton living. Tiffany. That is a quick intro of who you are and what you’ve done, but
[00:03:35] Tiffany Belzar: [00:03:35] kind of quick,
[00:03:36] Dane Reis: [00:03:36] kind of quick. Why don’t you tell us a little bit more about yourself, fill in the gaps if you will, who you are and a little bit more about what you do as a professional in the entertainment
[00:03:46] Tiffany Belzar: [00:03:46] industry.
[00:03:48] Sure. As you can tell. I kind of have my hands in a lot of different pots. I’m a performer, but as well, I’d love to create and produce and write. And so for me, it was kind of bringing the two together. How do I, how am I performer, but how am I also creating projects? So that’s where we’ve come to now. Um, but I’m a mom now.
[00:04:13] So it’s also a balancing that as well. So, uh, Yeah, that’s what I’m doing nowadays. Lots of different things.
[00:04:21] Dane Reis: [00:04:21] Love it. Well, let’s move to this next section here and look, I am a sucker for a good quote. What’s your favorite quote you’d like to share with our listeners?
[00:04:33] Tiffany Belzar: [00:04:33] Sure. Um, well the first one that came to mind.
[00:04:36] What is be here now. I
[00:04:39] Dane Reis: [00:04:39] love that. Can you expand on that a little bit on how you’ve applied that to your daily life and your career?
[00:04:45] Tiffany Belzar: [00:04:45] Sure, absolutely. So I lost my father at an early age and, um, I just think it made me conscious to the value of time. And, um, and so yeah, the be here now. Just be in this moment so we can fully take in everything that it has to offer versus thinking about the past, thinking about the future.
[00:05:09] I think it helps us find peace now.
[00:05:12] Dane Reis: [00:05:12] Absolutely. And let’s move on to this section. So TIFF, of course, you’re an entertainer. I am an entertainer. I think you’d agree that this industry is one of the most subjective, brutally, honest, personally emotional industries, either of us have probably experienced and.
[00:05:34] 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 takes a lot of dedication and hard work. And while of course, yeah, there is a, an outrageous amount of fun and excitement doing what we do. There are also our fair share of obstacles and challenges and failures.
[00:05:57] We are going to experience. If we want to continue doing this, we’re going to have to learn how to move forward through those. 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] Tiffany Belzar: [00:06:15] For me, it was that I, I made this big goal of being on Broadway and, um, you know, I haven’t got there yet.
[00:06:27] And so back in the day, you know, I just think, well, You know, but once I get on Broadway, that’s going to be when I’m successful. Meanwhile, I was accumulating all these small successes and kind of just sweeping them under the rug and not really seeing the big picture that I was starting to do, create a career that wasn’t cookie cutter.
[00:06:46] It was my career. That’s different from everybody. Else’s because I’m different. Right. So I think, um, Yeah, it’s just that idea of that. I had to make it on Broadway and lacking to see at first that I was starting to create my own.
[00:07:03] Dane Reis: [00:07:03] Yeah. Are you able to maybe talk about that time when you realized that and you’re reflecting you go, hold on.
[00:07:11] What I’m doing is great. What I’m doing is my journey, my path that didn’t have to be this preconceived idea of what a successful career.
[00:07:21] Tiffany Belzar: [00:07:21] Yeah. I mean, I guess I’ll think about when I first composed music for a musical and I sat on the other side of the table and an audition room and. Uh, how could I be here right now?
[00:07:32] Like, what am I doing here? But there’s so many possibilities you can be on either side of the table and, um, and love your career and love what you do. And I think everybody should strive to
[00:07:45] Dane Reis: [00:07:45] absolutely. Well, let’s move to this section now to a time that I like to call your spotlight moment. That’s right.
[00:07:56] That one moment in time you realized yes. I am going to be an entertainer for living, or maybe it was, yes, this is what I need to be doing as an entertainer. Tell us about that.
[00:08:10] Tiffany Belzar: [00:08:10] So, um, I think back to when my mom said that to me, To the Detroit pistons to sing the national Anthem. It was on national television and they picked me.
[00:08:21] Yeah, it was in, I think I was 14, um, or 15, something like that was in high school. And, um, so yeah, they chose me and I was so nervous, but I went down in the middle and all these really tall basketball players all around me. And there’s tiny me shaking at the mic. And just seeing my name scrolling across and knowing it was on national television thinking, Oh man, this is it.
[00:08:49] Like I like to perform.
[00:08:52] Dane Reis: [00:08:52] That is so cool. I love them. Well, let’s piggyback on that. Yeah. Let’s talk about your number one book moment. Walk us through that day, the auditions and call backs. If those happen to be part of it and what was going on in your life. And what about that moment makes it your favorite?
[00:09:13] Booked it.
[00:09:14] Tiffany Belzar: [00:09:14] Okay. Well, the, the one that initially comes to mind, which is probably a little bit against the rules is honestly recently my book tit moment was when I gave birth to my daughter and I booked it as a mom. Um, that honestly, I mean, that’s the biggest thing that’s ever happened in my life. So I just think, yeah, that’s when I booked it.
[00:09:40] As a mother.
[00:09:42] Dane Reis: [00:09:42] I love it. What a trip having children is. It’s so incredible.
[00:09:47] Tiffany Belzar: [00:09:47] Yeah. You learned so much learn so much. It’s amazing.
[00:09:51] Dane Reis: [00:09:51] I love that.
[00:09:52] Tiffany Belzar: [00:09:52] Yeah. Um, but if you want to talk actual, you know, entertainment business stuff, um, when I booked the marvelous Wonderettes tour, Uh, it was probably just a great moment in my life knowing that the guy who wrote it, it was going to be directing it.
[00:10:08] And I was going to be able to go on tour. And the music in that show is from the fifties and sixties, which is just holds a special place in my heart. Cause my father. Saying in those days and, and brought me up with that music. So, so that was really cool. And it was one of those moments where you’re in the room, like at the callback, you’re in the room with the team and they’re just really cool.
[00:10:33] And, and you can tell that they like you and that they’re on your team and they, they want you to succeed. And it was one of those special. Just chemical moments where it was the right fit. And so many times it was never the right fit. I was never the right fit, but this time it was, and he could just feel it.
[00:10:51] It was like magic magic in the air.
[00:10:55] Dane Reis: [00:10:55] I love it. Yeah. 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, you know, it’s a weird time. We’ve got this crazy global pandemic happening amongst so much other crazy stuff. How do you see the entertainment industry moving forward in the next couple of years?
[00:11:16] Tiffany Belzar: [00:11:16] So projects I’m working on right now, I’ve been writing my first ever solo EPS. Half an album, I’ll be releasing, you know, a few tracks of songs I’ve written and it’s going to be special for me because before I’ve released with my bands and it was sort of this collaborative effort, and now this is going to be all about me and really having the freedom to be vulnerable in that and really share.
[00:11:46] Myself, musically. Um, so I’m excited for that. That’s going to be really cool. That’ll I don’t have an actual release date yet, but I’ve been working on the demos and I’m going back to Detroit to work with the producer. So that’s exciting. Also exciting is my doodle company. Children’s album. Related to all the music, videos of him putting out on YouTube with my daughter, Kasey, uh, there’ll be an album that is related to that.
[00:12:15] So that’s going to be cool as well. And so, yeah, it’s lots of producing, lots of writing for me right now. Um, I’m looking forward to. Well, hopefully getting a house soon so I can have a studio, a dedicated studio. My husband’s working from home now. So now we’re sharing that my studio. So I kind of miss just having my mic and my equipment now and being able to kind of.
[00:12:42] Press record when things happen, but now it’s like, you got to set up, you got to take down, you know, it just takes as a mom. You don’t have that much extra time in the day. So I’m looking forward to getting the studio set up at our next living situation, for sure, because that’s going to just make for more creating.
[00:13:02] Um, and then as far as the entertainment industry, I think, I bet a lot of people are saying this. It’s just moving more and more digital. Um, you know, I’m hoping that the old audition in person will be eradicated and the whole having to sign up in the morning, especially, you know, the New York city scene.
[00:13:22] It’s just so demoralizing as an actor, as an artist to be treated like that, you know, to be treated sort of like. Thank you. You’re at a meat market.
[00:13:32] Dane Reis: [00:13:32] I mean, they call it a cattle call for a
[00:13:34] Tiffany Belzar: [00:13:34] reason. Yeah, exactly. Um, and you know, our generation will probably be the last generation that had to go through that.
[00:13:41] And we’ll be like in our day we had to go line up around the block,
[00:13:48] Dane Reis: [00:13:48] honestly, though.
[00:13:49] Tiffany Belzar: [00:13:49] Seriously. So I’m, I’m, I’m excited for that because I think we, as artists, we’re able to show the best of ourselves a little bit easier. When we’re in more control of all, everything that goes into it.
[00:14:04] Dane Reis: [00:14:04] Absolutely. And you know what I found after moving out to Vegas and, you know, going to school on the East coast, going to New York and you go into these auditions and, you know, you have your book, right.
[00:14:15] And it’s giant, and you only seeing a small percentage of it ever, and you collaborate with the accompanist and that’s great. And that’s that whole experience, but what I’ve found. Happening more and more is especially on the West coast or anything. That’s not a equity show. Is that. Everyone would prefer you just show up with a karaoke track and sync to that because I mean, they’re saving money cause they’re not hiring accompanists they’re seeing more people because now you don’t have to collaborate with anyone and you already know what it’s going to sound like.
[00:14:47] You usually get a better audition out of people because you have more control over the variables.
[00:14:54] Tiffany Belzar: [00:14:54] Yeah. There’s this whole, this whole line of thought that just likes to keep that. And tact like, well, you can be on Broadway. If you can do a good under audition under these hard conditions. And it’s like, no, you can be on Broadway and do a great job without that.
[00:15:13] Dane Reis: [00:15:13] Yeah, for sure. Absolutely. Just be good at performing and doing what you do.
[00:15:16] Tiffany Belzar: [00:15:16] But on the other hand, what is Broadway going to look like after all of this? It’s, you know, nobody knows. I don’t think so.
[00:15:24] Dane Reis: [00:15:24] As far as.
[00:15:25] Tiffany Belzar: [00:15:25] Live entertainment and Vegas and everything. I mean, what will, what will it look like? I don’t know.
[00:15:33] Dane Reis: [00:15:33] know, time will tell. All right, well, let’s move on to one of my favorite sections of the interview. I call it the grease lightning round. Go
[00:15:42] Tiffany Belzar: [00:15:42] grease that name. You’re gonna hit there.
[00:15:46] Dane Reis: [00:15:46] Love it. 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.
[00:15:55] Are you ready?
[00:15:57] Tiffany Belzar: [00:15:57] Yes, I’m ready.
[00:15:59] Dane Reis: [00:15:59] Let’s do it. First question. What was the one thing holding you back from committing to a career as an entertainer?
[00:16:08] Tiffany Belzar: [00:16:08] I think it was not knowing where to start at first as a, because like I said before, I’m a writer as long and a performer. So for me, It was success didn’t mean just going to auditions.
[00:16:22] It meant something different for me, it meant writing, getting on the, you know, every day showing up to the pad of paper or my musical instrument and writing
[00:16:31] Dane Reis: [00:16:31] for sure. And the second question, what is the best piece of advice you have ever received
[00:16:38] Tiffany Belzar: [00:16:38] in hell? Let exhale go.
[00:16:42] Dane Reis: [00:16:42] 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,
[00:16:52] Tiffany Belzar: [00:16:52] I’d say being, being brave to dive into all the technical aspects of creating and producing material.
[00:16:59] So, and versus just being a performer, no, being a producer group, being a lighting person, being everything, you know, being a tech, technical person as well.
[00:17:10] Dane Reis: [00:17:10] For sure. And the fourth question, what is the best resource? Whether it’s a book, a movie, a YouTube video, a podcast, maybe a piece of technology that you’ve found is helping your career right now.
[00:17:26] Tiffany Belzar: [00:17:26] The slight edge, um, the author, is
[00:17:31] Dane Reis: [00:17:31] that correct?
[00:17:32] Tiffany Belzar: [00:17:32] Yes. Jeff Olson.
[00:17:34] Dane Reis: [00:17:34] Yes. That’s it fantastic book. Yeah. I love that book.
[00:17:37] Tiffany Belzar: [00:17:37] Yeah, just the productivity. Get it done. Just do little things every day.
[00:17:42] Dane Reis: [00:17:42] Absolutely. Speaking of a book a second ago, you had mentioned. How you just show up, you need to keep showing up day after date to that pad of paper to do your art.
[00:17:51] Have you read the book? The war of art?
[00:17:54] Tiffany Belzar: [00:17:54] Yes. Oh yes. That’s in my creative arsenal. Oh, Oh yeah. Such a good book as well, as long as, yeah. As well as, um, the artist’s way view. I know we learned about that at school at Boston conservatory and I go, I’ve returned to that every couple of every year. Go back to the artist’s way, do it.
[00:18:14] Dane Reis: [00:18:14] Yeah, for sure. All right. 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?
[00:18:34] Tiffany Belzar: [00:18:34] I would have pursued learning a musical instrument to accompany myself earlier.
[00:18:41] Well, not earlier I did pursue it earlier, but I didn’t keep up with it. So I learned guitar when I was a kid. I learned piano as a kid and I just didn’t keep up with it as a way to accompany my singing voice. And so I kind of was behind. I felt like I was behind when I went out into the big, bad world and I realized I need to be able to play for myself.
[00:19:00] You know, if I want to. Be able to easily perform anywhere. You know, even of course you go home and your family’s like, will you sing for us? And you know, it’s cool to have an instrument and be able to play it. So, um, I’m happy to say I’ve worked on it all these years and I can now, and I just. I, yeah, I kind of wished I would have did that earlier.
[00:19:25] And then for sure. And then, like I said before, just like the technical stuff, I, I was always drawn to video editing. I was always drawn to it. I just kinda wish I wouldn’t have stopped myself and just said, no, I’m just a performer. No, you’re not just a performer. You’re all these things. You have all these.
[00:19:43] These ways that you can express yourself as an artist and performer,
[00:19:48] Dane Reis: [00:19:48] for sure. And the last question, what is the golden nugget knowledge drop you have learned from your successful career in this industry that you’d like to leave with our listeners?
[00:20:01] Tiffany Belzar: [00:20:01] Again, I’d say it’s kind of a common theme. Don’t wait around to be discovered or to achieve this goal, you know, just create with and share your gifts now.
[00:20:16] Dane Reis: [00:20:16] And to wrap this interview up. 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?
[00:20:27] Tiffany Belzar: [00:20:27] Sure. Yeah, definitely follow me, Tiffany doodle on Instagram. Um, and then you can check out also all the affiliated Facebook’s. My Tiffany bells are, um, Facebook needs some love.
[00:20:41] If you want to go there. The, my Tiffany bells are music. Um, for my solo music stuff, you can go ahead and like on there. Um, and then just check out D D Y on YouTube. We did a lot of cool stuff. Um, good music. Check out. DDY on Spotify. We have a handful of singles on there. You can add to your. Playlist and yeah, if you have kids check out my doodle company, YouTube and yeah.
[00:21:08] Be sure to check out then the video series of nursery rhymes I’ve I took a stab at the good old nursery rhymes and put my stamp on it. Did it a little differently. Um, even use my theater background with the old McDonald’s version I did with my daughter and. I play a female version of old McDonald’s you probably haven’t heard of her before, but she exists.
[00:21:35] Stayed. She does.
[00:21:37] Dane Reis: [00:21:37] Brilliant. I’m going to have to go check it out,
[00:21:39] Tiffany Belzar: [00:21:39] definitely with your daughter.
[00:21:41] Dane Reis: [00:21:41] Yes,
[00:21:42] Tiffany Belzar: [00:21:42] she can. You can let me know if it’s good or not, you know, she can,
[00:21:46] Dane Reis: [00:21:46] for sure. That’s not, you know, the kids don’t lie. Right.
[00:21:49] Tiffany Belzar: [00:21:49] They certainly don’t.
[00:21:52] Dane Reis: [00:21:52] All right, Tiffany. Thank you so much for joining me today. It’s been a pleasure to
[00:21:56] Tiffany Belzar: [00:21:56] have you here.
[00:21:57] Thanks, sane. Good to talk to you again.
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