EP 50: Anne Martinez (autogenerated)
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[00:01:35] All right. And is an actor singer dancer, aerialist show girl, a New York native. She has been living and performing in Las Vegas for the past six years. She recently started in Baz, Las Vegas as a team. Other Vegas credits include fantasy. The Terry Bradshaw show Jubilee pin-up showstoppers bite, sexy zombie burlesque dancing queen 50 shades.
[00:02:00] The musical parody world’s greatest rock show. Totally outrageous electric candy, Zoe Bowie and red penny arcade national tours include John Payne’s Asia and Lou Graham tour. And Englebert Humperdinck North American tour as a featured vocalist. She has also played Patty and was the Sandy Rizzo cover in the European tour of Greece and is also the creator of the Neo Victorian steam punk rock opera.
[00:02:29] Alice. She holds a BFA in acting from a SUNY Fredonia and an ma in advanced theater practice from London UKs central school of speech and drama. She also tours internationally with her solo concert, the queen of hearts. And 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 and what you do as a professional in the entertainment industry.
[00:03:02] Hi Dane. I am. I’ve been performing since I started dancing when I was two and on my first professional, dancing gig was, I was eight years old and I, I loved it. it was really cool to get paid, to do what I really loved. And so I just kind of started out there and I, I used to compete in a national dance competitions, and then I kind of fell into theater by accident when I was 11.
[00:03:28] And, I was really fortunate to do my first theatrical experience was a professional one. And, I had the most amazing time worked with an incredible director and decided that’s what I wanted to do. So I kept doing a lot of theater work. I did some film and television commercial work as a kid and some print modeling.
[00:03:47] And then, I decided I wanted to get my BFA in acting. And then I, was fortunate to study abroad for a semester and I loved the training I got in London. So I decided to my master’s degree there, I did that wrote my thesis, came home and, just started working. I was really lucky. I, I moved to New York and two weeks later I got a tour and was gone.
[00:04:08] So I’ve just been kind of beep up around since. And then, I settled in Las Vegas in the end and it’s been a wild ride of, of the lots of different shows and different genres. And, in my spare time, I, I write quite a bit, I’d like to create things. Then I’m constantly reading books and looking at artwork and listening to different types of music to really kind of the build my, my creative pallet.
[00:04:35] So when I do. Right. Anything it can come from from someplace new and exciting, and that’s kind of where I’m at now. I love it. And let’s move on to this next section here. And Anne, look, I am a sucker for a good quote. What is quote, you’d like to share with everybody? My favorite quote is from the book, the little Prince, and there’s a, a moment where the Fox.
[00:05:05] Says to the little Prince. he says, what is essential is invisible to them, the eye. And that is one of my, it’s probably my favorite quote of all time. And I think it is probably one of the most precious, heartbreaking, and true statements out there. What is really essential. You can’t see with your eye, you feel it, or you know it in your heart.
[00:05:26] Absolutely. And could you maybe even expand a bit further on how you’ve applied that quote or how it affects your daily life and your career? I think, it’s always kind of not taking everything at face value. It’s so important, especially in our business, there’s a lot of different personalities and feelings and, and people come from very, very different backgrounds, I think more than any other business.
[00:05:51] And it’s so important. You have to work quickly and well with a ton of different people that you’ve never met before. And yeah know, very intimately, you know, we’re dancing together, we’re performing together sometimes even have to smooch somebody to, I don’t know. And it’s very, very important, to keep your heart open and aware as to what’s going on around you.
[00:06:11] So you can work with different types of people. And also, to essentially tell the story because that’s, that is our job first and foremost. So I think. What’s essential is not always at face value. What’s essential is invisible to the eye. So it’s very important to look beyond things, to, to work well with people and also to tell the story and the most honest of ways.
[00:06:33] I love that. And I love how you’ve really. Taken that quote on and really made it part of your entire life and your career. And it actually to this next section and Anna, of course you are an entertainer. I am an entertainer, and I think you’d agree that this industry. Is one of the most subjective, brutally, honest and personally emotional industries, either of us have probably ever experienced.
[00:07:03] And you know, as well as I do 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 yes, of course there is an outrageous amount of fun and excitement being an entertainer. There are also our fair share of obstacles, challenges, and failures.
[00:07:25] We are inevitably going to experience and we’re going to have to move forward through them. If we have any hopes of continuing to do this professionally. 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?
[00:07:45] I think the number one thing, especially it’s for everyone, but especially for the girls, you have to know who and what you are, and you cannot, deviate from that reality. So I always use this example if it were all condiments and if your mustard. You can’t pretend to be with cream. You have to be, you have to know exactly what you are like.
[00:08:11] For instance, I am a five foot five. Female, of a certain type of build and a certain look. So I’m not going to waste my time auditioning for a show that I’m not right for, because I personally want to be the lead in a show, you know, that’s that, becomes, arrogant and selfish. And that’s not what we’re here for.
[00:08:33] You know, the, the hard thing with entertainment is I feel like it really does split in half. there are people who. Who really loved that applause and it, and it feeds their soul. And then there’s people who really love the material and telling the story and that feeds their soul. And it’s really important that you not focus on the applause.
[00:08:50] You focus on the storytelling because you will always get your heartbroken. You know, there’s always, you can give the most beautiful performance of all time and someone will say, I didn’t like it. And if that’s what you’re hanging on to that’s, if that’s what you’re hanging your hat on as success, your heart will be broken so many times.
[00:09:08] And I think. As a performer, you know, we all kind of reached that moment where you kind of think, okay, am I doing this? Because everyone thinks I’m cute and it makes me feel good about myself, or am I doing this? Because I really love telling the story and I kind of people you’ll see them in your career.
[00:09:25] They kind of will split. And it’s, it’s so important to know who and what you are and to market yourself accordingly. I’ve I’ve had a lot of people they’ll wait in line for hours and hours and hours without their equity card in New York for, you know, for wicked. And they may not be right for one of the rules that they want, but they’ll wait in the rain for hours.
[00:09:45] And I’m like, you know, and they I’m sitting there going, you know, what you could be doing is go to a non-equity audition and build your resume, get those roles on your resume. And then when there’s a show that you’re appropriate for sit in the rain. Or, or earn your EMC points, you know, it’s, it’s so important to, to go about this business as a business person and to not get caught up in the hype because it can, it’ll just break your heart.
[00:10:14] And I was lucky. I went through that really young cause I started so young and, I was like, I had my parents there kind of guiding me, telling me, you know, I couldn’t get so heartbroken when a show ended or something, didn’t go right. And they were there to guide me. And, and so by the time I went into it, I continued into it as an adult.
[00:10:30] I was, you know, able to kind of separate that. So that’s, it’s, it’s extremely important because in the end it’s a job, it’s a job. Every show will close and you have to prepare yourself financially. You have to prepare yourself emotionally. And it’s, you know, that’s how we continue in this business. You can’t get hung up on, on little things.
[00:10:49] And as long as you’re doing your job and you’re telling that story, you’re, you’re doing what you’re meant. To do in that moment, if you, the minute you think, Oh, if this person’s here and they don’t like what I’m doing and they don’t applaud for me loudly, it’s going to ruin my day. You’ll just, it’ll just, you’ll be broken every time.
[00:11:06] So that’s kind of my advice there. Yeah. I love that. And I love that you took a moment to talk about how people will oftentimes audition and put themselves into. Or put themselves up for roles that really they’re not quite right for. And you said, you know, what would be a better idea is maybe go look for those non tech jobs and get that experience under the belt.
[00:11:31] If you want to be that leading role, go do some leading roles. And if not just, I don’t think it’s just for doing leading roles to get, or just to get experienced, to get experience. To me, it sounds more like you’re saying go do those roles so you can discover who and what you are. So that decisions about what roles to put yourself forward for.
[00:11:55] Yes. I mean, I always considered myself the funny friend, you know, so I would always go to the funny friend auditions. I never went to an ingenue audition because I didn’t have the confidence. And I also didn’t see myself that way because in my head. An ingenue was XYZ. And in the past I had been the funny friend, so that’s all I went for.
[00:12:14] And, I was auditioning for, into the woods at a, a regional gig. And I was, you know, getting called back for one of the stepsisters. And of course I couldn’t, I was so excited cause they’re so funny. And I could wait at the very last second at the very end of the audition, the director said, will you sing the end, the last 16 bars of on the steps of the palace?
[00:12:35] And that was Cinderella’s role. And I was absolutely touch, but I remember feeling my knee just turned to jelly because immediately I think I thought I’m not a good enough soprano. I’m not pretty enough. I don’t have that on as you look, you know, they’re not going to let and I, in that same second, like, stop it, just do what you would do.
[00:12:56] Just do what you know, you know, I found, I find that that character to be very charming and actually quite fun. And so I played it that way. And I sang it and they just went, okay, thank you. And that was it. And I’m like, Oh, that one. And I, and I got the role. And later there, I, in rehearsals, I asked the director, I said, you know, what, what they, what, why did you ask me to sing that?
[00:13:24] And he said, he goes, every time you went up to do the. We would call you, you know, to read again for the stepsister. Cause I was reading with a bunch of different people. He goes, you always did something a little different and it was so funny. And you said, we thought, I wonder if she could make Cinderella funny.
[00:13:41] And so he goes, we just wanted to, for you to do it. And you said, when you did that, he goes, it was so honest and, and different. He was like, we looked at each other. We’re like she has to have this part. And that’s why they gave it to me. So I, and I realized in that moment, the minute you pigeonhole yourself as I’m a, you have to be very careful.
[00:14:02] You have to know what you are in a physical sense, like your height, your weight, your look, but your acting ability is infinite. So it’s important to say, you know, if you’re a guy and you’re under six feet tall, the reality is, is that, most leading men, especially on Broadway are six feet up. however, you know, you can cut your chops and regional theater on tour, and you know, you never know, things are always, especially in this day and age, people are starting to loosen up those.
[00:14:31] Pictures they have in their head of what something should quote unquote be. So it’s important too, to know what you’re right for. So you’re not wasting time for an audition, but at the same time, you know, broadening yourself and not saying, Oh, I’m only a funny friend, you know, it’s the character. Can you play that character?
[00:14:50] Like for instance, if you’ve got a very strong boys, a classical boys by all means audition for Sweeney Todd for Joanna. You know, if you’re not a strong soprano do not go in for Joanna, just don’t do it. They need, they need that musically. However, if you know, you’ve got a very strong belts, you got to go into that crazy for you audition.
[00:15:16] So you got, you’ve made that choice. I may want to sing Sweeney Todd all day long, but if I’m vocally stronger for crazy for you, I’m here to make money. So I’m gonna go that crazy for you. Audition. But I’m just saying, keep, keep your mind open on the possibilities of your acting to broaden that character because nothing is, is that simplistic.
[00:15:36] Every character is multifaceted and it’s up to us to, to create that person, but also just know what you are. You know, I always say to people don’t, if you don’t have just getting out of college and you don’t have any regional credits, you don’t, you can’t put on high school credits. And you haven’t really done anything yet.
[00:15:55] You’ve only done like high school shows and like college, you know, productions, which is fantastic. You don’t have that resume yet. I had so many friends only go to equity auditions, and they had to sit forever cause they didn’t have their card yet. And then they go and be seen and they’d say to them the same thing, they’d say need more experience.
[00:16:11] And they were so frustrated, you know, there’s nothing wrong. It’s wonderful to build your resume with all those roles in the non-equity theater and really cut your chops on there. Get your card. So when you walk into those calls, they can look at your resume and say, wow, this person has played boom, boom, boom, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, boom.
[00:16:30] They see your experience. It’s so, so important. And then that way you can, you can move forward. If you choose to be a part of the actor’s union, you know, and, have a good career. It’s just very important to be real with yourself and honest about. Who and what you are, so you can play roles and play them well and make, and make your money.
[00:16:50] You know, we’re all here to, to make a living. Absolutely. And I love all of your insight and your advice on that subject. And let’s move on to this next section to a time that I like to call. Your spotlight moment. One time you realized, yes, I am going to be an entertainer for living or maybe it was, yes.
[00:17:18] This is what I need to be doing as an entertainer. Tell us about that. Oh, what I need to be doing as an entertainer, I learned at my very first audition. I have to shoot and I was 11. I auditioned for Annie. It was the dancer called and I was in the second group and I was watching the first group go and everyone’s doing the dance combination.
[00:17:41] And this one girl was like full out with feeling. And I remember watching her going, Oh, Oh, we can, we can be that big. We can, we can, that’s what I need to do. I need to be, I was watching her and I was like, Oh, I need to be that dedicated in this moment. And it set a tone for me and auditioning. To be 100 all the time, because they’re, you know, they’re looking to make their football team, you know, you want to see, you want to give them what you’re capable of and of course, a professional way.
[00:18:13] But that was my like, Oh, that’s how you need to be moment for sure. An audition level. And then, the moment of that’s what I want to do. I, vividly remember I was three. And, I, my, my mom took me to see the Nutcracker and we had just driven back from West Virginia as a 10 hour drive. And my dad took my brothers home.
[00:18:35] They retired and there was, it was the last night of the Nutcracker. And my mom asked if I wanted to go. And I said, yes. And she bought me a huge hot pretzel. And I was in the balcony and I was holding onto the pretzel and the brass, you know, bar on the balcony. So tight. I, the pretzel kind of like disintegrated in my little sweaty hand.
[00:18:55] And I, I was so thrilled by what I was watching. All I wanted to do was just to float up in the air and be a part of that world. It was the most thrilling thing. And just the thought of giving someone that experience thrilled me more than anything. And I knew in that moment, I was like, that’s what I want to do, period.
[00:19:16] Like, and I’ve never wavered from it. Well, I love that story. That’s so good. And that it’s such a vivid memory still. Yeah. Well, let’s piggyback on that question and let’s talk about your number one, booked it moment. Walk us through that day, the audition and callbacks. If they happen to be a part of it, what was going on in your life?
[00:19:38] And what about that moment? Makes it your favorite book? That moment? I there’s two. One was when I went to New York. I had saved all this money. And of course, you know, it goes in two seconds and I couldn’t afford dance classes. So I would go to dance auditions and be like, you know, I’m probably going to get cut because I’m not as strong as like someone who’s a professional dancer period, but I’ll get a free class.
[00:20:05] And I went to a, Greece, European tour audition and I was like, Oh, there’s no way I would ever book this. I’m not a strong enough dancer. Well, I go to the dance call and I, and I just, I don’t know, I was having so much fun because I had no pressure on myself. And then, they asked me to sing and I was like, Oh sure.
[00:20:24] And you know, I, I’m a grease, isn’t a show that I would ever do. Cause I, I kinda can play multiple roles. I don’t really look specifically strong enough for any of them. And so I didn’t really think anything of it. And I just, they kept me longer and longer and longer and they have me dance and I, I was just like, Why have they not cut me yet?
[00:20:45] Yeah. I was like, I’m getting like a six hour dance. This is great. I was leaving and they asked me to come back in and I booked it and it was this incredible tour of Europe and the show. And I, I learned how to swing for the first time. And of course I had never done it before. And they were like, have you swung before?
[00:21:04] And I’m like, of course, absolutely not. But I’m always, I would say, say yes, unless it’s a safety issue, say yes, cause you’ll figure it out. And it’s important to be a skilled as possible, but I couldn’t believe that I booked it. It was, it was because I, I, I went in with no pressure on myself. And I have fun and because I was having such a good time, I, I performed much better than I think I would have if I had put the pressure of, okay, I want this job so bad.
[00:21:31]and the other time I got called in for a production of Aida for the role of Amyris, and that was a role I wanted to play so badly. And I flew in, I was working a regional gig. I bought a plane ticket, flew in for the day and I was all prepared and I went in and sang my. 16 bars. And they were like, okay, great.
[00:21:53] Thank you. And I was devastated. You know, I had a friend tell me if you’re not getting called back, something’s wrong, you did something is wrong. You’re singing the wrong song. You didn’t do well. Like if you’re not getting called back, that is the issue that you should focus on when you get started. And it was the best advice.
[00:22:09] And I give it all the time and it was first time I wasn’t called back. I always got called back and I was, so I remember sitting in Starbucks on like 38th and eighth. And just going, what did I do? I can’t believe, like, I felt so prepared and my phone rang and I booked it and I couldn’t go, I couldn’t believe it.
[00:22:29] I didn’t even read. I didn’t even dance, nothing. I just came in, I sing 16 bars and left. And later in rehearsal, I asked, the director, I said, may I ask you, did someone drop out? Like, what happened? Like why did you give me this role? He said you were the only person who was kind to the pianist all day and he, you sang and we were reading your resume.
[00:22:56] We saw your experience, you know, I don’t need to see you read, you have a two degrees in acting. Clearly you can read you a wonderful resume and. We said, thank you. And we were gonna call you back to, to move and the PNS who was the musical director and the end turned to them and said, if you do not hire her, I’m walking out.
[00:23:14] That is the only person who said good morning to me. And thank you so much and treated me with dignity. And that’s, that’s how I got that. And that was such a huge, I booked it moment. Because actors many to remember a lot of times the auditor of the room is the SM or their assistant, and they’re telling them everything that’s going on in that holding room.
[00:23:39] And a lot of times the pianist is the MD or their assistant or friend of the director. And they will tell them how your book looked, what was in your book, you know, being organized, all that stuff. It’s so important. People. I always tell everyone it’s a, it’s a job interview. It’s not pretty pretty princess or like aren’t IQ, you know, it’s, it’s a job interview.
[00:24:02] So you have to conduct yourself accordingly. And the fact that I was kind and polite, I booked a role of a lifetime and it was such a huge moment for me where I realized, you know, how incredibly important it is to conduct yourself as a professional. And I got to play this, this role. I was absolutely terrified to play because it’s very hard musically and I was so nervous, but I.
[00:24:25] I kept telling myself, no, you book this because you know, you, you went in, right. So keep it there in your process and don’t, don’t get in your head. Just keep, keep right where you should be. And that was a huge moment. Huge moment for me. Yeah. And plus that’s such a cool show. I love it. I love I eat. It’s a beautiful production for sure.
[00:24:46] And there is so much. To be taken away from everything you were just talking about through those two books at moments. But I love in the second part when you’re talking about, you know, being nice to people, but to realize that yeah, this an audition is an interview in a very real sense. And it’s not just that you can sing the, sing, the songs or dance, the dance or, or act and read the sides properly.
[00:25:11] It’s. Of course all about that. It’s about all the subjective things. Like you’re looking at your height and if you’re appropriate for the role in the first place, but there’s also those really very corporatey job, traditional things that are very important, having your book organized. Oh yeah. And having a good headshot, a clean headshot and being, I always tell people, you know, the students that I’ve talked to and stuff, I said, you know, you’re an athlete, you know, that you have to be able.
[00:25:41] To do 10 out of 12, you have to be able to be ready to rehearse, you know, be there 15 minutes early and stretch because they don’t, they’re not going to do a stretch class for you. You have to be able to go in and be ready because you’re telling them I’m prepared. I’m ready. I’m always going to be on time.
[00:25:57] I’m not going to cause any drama. You know, they don’t want someone who’s acting crazy. And the. Holding room where people would sign in and leave and go have brunch. I was like, I’m not going anywhere. I’m not here to have brunch. Or they go with all their friends, friends to an audition. I’m like, you know, my friends and I, we can hang out later.
[00:26:13] I’m here for a job interview and I’m here to focus on what I want. You know, I, I adore my friends and they’re gonna love me tomorrow. But right now this is a job interview and that’s where my head needs to be. And that’s the thing, you know, theater, it’s very social, which is wonderful. At the same time, you can’t get caught up in it.
[00:26:31] And in, in Las Vegas, it’s a very different world. You know, sometimes people get the attitude here of, you know, they’ll call me if they need me. I’m like, I’m going to, well, you go right ahead. I’m going to put my leotard on. I’m going to be at that audition. I’ve had people be, you know, be surprised that I attend an audition because I’ve done, I’ve done some shows.
[00:26:52] And so they think that, you know, they assume that I would have that kind of attitude and I’m like, Just because I’ve done some things which have been really cool. It does not mean that I’m any better than anyone else and vice versa just because someone has, it doesn’t mean they’re any less. When you walk into an audition, everyone deserves all the respect and dignity of anybody in this world, and it’s there, you’re there to work.
[00:27:14] You should go in wearing something that shows what your body looks like. Because the costume designer is to see if you can, you know, fit I’ve booked gigs because I fit the costume. Over somebody who was probably stronger than I was, but they don’t have the budget to reconstruct a costume. You know, it can go down to those simple things.
[00:27:33] When I did you believe I’m too short? I’m only five foot five, but I was asked to audition right higher up. And I, you know, I was, yeah, I had a pit in my stomach the whole time, because you know, that show is, was very, you know, specific to height and I didn’t want to offend anybody there. I was still worried that I would hurt someone’s feelings or, or.
[00:27:52] You know, it’s just, it was a show. Girl is a very precious, very beautiful image here in Vegas that should always be honored and cultivated. And I was so terrified that someone would think I was disrespecting it. And then I got to a point where I was like, you know what? I can’t control my height. But what I can do is walk on stage and do a wonderful audition.
[00:28:13] And if I’m asked to be in the show, be a good cast member, who’s, who’s supportive and honors that imagery. And that’s what I did. And I, I booked it. I’m the shortest female they’ve ever had in that show. And I didn’t make a big deal out of it. I’ve wore five and stacked and fritter heels, so I can blend in and learn how to run down the stairs.
[00:28:33] And those and I was honored to be. Around those women, because you know, it, wasn’t my intended wheelhouse, but, you know, kind of going back to the whole idea of, of respecting, you know, the genres that you’re auditioning for and, and, honoring the material, you can do your. You’re limitless the minute you deviate from that and it becomes about you, you will fail.
[00:28:57] Absolutely. I love all that. 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 it’s a weird time. We are amidst this global pandemic. How do you see the entertainment industry moving forward in the next couple of years? Well, I, I’m pretty sure.
[00:29:19] And this is just a total theory. I I’m, I’m pretty sure there won’t be any like show shows until spring of next year. And, and as much as I want, you know, things to open now and all those things, you know, it, once again, we have to eliminate our emotions from the situation and think with, you know, a business and, you know, business sense wise, if you have to cut, you know, 60% of your house, You know, no ones, the show will, will really close because there’s no revenue and then we will be pickle.
[00:29:51] So a bigger pickle than we are now if that’s even possible. So it’s important to, for me, I’m going to do everything I possibly can to stay healthy and be healthy for other people. And, so we can go back to work. I’ve been extremely fortunate to book. Some work, in an, of course in very specific and safety regulated situations.
[00:30:12] And, I’m always on my hustle. I, when, when you’re kind of where I’m at, where I’m not quite tall, but I’m not quite short, you know, you, you have to work a little extra harder. And I love that. And I, I don’t wait for things to come to me. I’m, I’m always. In search of what’s the next story to tell what’s the next thing I can do.
[00:30:33] So I, I, I was given the opportunity to, work on some cool costume pieces for fantasy at the Luxor. And, I was very fortunate that Anita Mann, the producer, who’s just absolutely incredible allowed me this opportunity to make these pieces for the girls. And. it ended up, I mean, well, I mean, those girls would look gorgeous and like a tee shirt, big sweatpants.
[00:30:56] So, I mean, I mean, it’s not like anything special, just seeing the girls be happy and feel beautiful and seeing the thrill and the beautiful thing. I was kinda like, wow, this is kind of cool. So I’ve been, working on building, I’m working on building a, like a costume line of all, couture, one of a kind pieces and, called us st.
[00:31:12] Show girl. To us, you know, being a showgirl is religion is kind of my tagline and it’s all, you know, couture pieces, all, you know, hand Brian Stone handmade, for, for women in Las Vegas and beyond, for cool costume pieces. So I then I’ve got lots of time. So I’ve been, I’ve been working on those and I’m building quite a, a big line.
[00:31:33] And, once I have at least, 300 pieces, I’ll, I’ll be launching that online. I’ve also been working with my jazz quartet, the red penny Arcaden, we’re performing at the foot, the Venetian on Fridays and Saturdays now. And of course, with all of the COVID, rules, implicate, you know, used and, learning new music, I’m learning Italian, which is stressful and fun.
[00:31:56] And, no pressure. And, I also, started working in the studio with, electrical recording. I was just, you know, I was doing background vocals for them. It’s just kind of like a bartering situation. And I got to, do a really cool cover of a song with some brilliant physicians and incredible engineer.
[00:32:11] And, I filmed a, a whole, like little short movie to go with it, you know? It’s when you’re, when you’re in this business, I always say to people like, don’t be afraid to just be creative. There’s absolutely no, where you could go wrong. If you’re coming from an honest, creative place where you’re telling a story that you want to tell, and, you know, people may like it.
[00:32:33] They may not that’s okay. You know, it’s, it’s more about. Feeding your soul. You know, this is a tough time. It’s hard like ever, you know, get on Facebook. I see, you know, people just putting up, you know, their fears and all this stuff. And it’s really been tough on artists all over the world. And especially here in Vegas, where we are dependent on our audience, which is transient that’s in and out, in and out, in and out, which exposes us time, a billion than any other place.
[00:33:01] You know, we, it’s hard for us to get our numbers. At a certain place because we have different people come here all the time. Just the, the, the watching, you know, beautiful shows that I’ve loved, you know, not being here and people wandering how they’re gonna survive is, is tough. But I say to those people, you know, what makes Vegas wonderful and very unique out of any other entertainment city to me is we are very small and we’re all extremely passionate and.
[00:33:29] That’s what makes the city truly the heartbeat of entertainment, because that’s what we do, period. You know, there’s no other thing here and you can, you can take that passion and put it towards your imagination, you know, whatever it may be. And, you know, just creating something that makes you feel, you know, that, that excitement, again, the shows will come back.
[00:33:51] I mean, we will bounce back. I think it will be in 2021 in the spring, probably around March is when things will really start to reopen again because that’s. It’s a business and people need to everyone down from the corporate to the producers, you know, we have to respect these people are investing a lot of money, so we can do our jobs and they have to make a profit and they want to protect us and take care of us.
[00:34:15] But at the same time, they’ve take care of their families. And so the best thing I think is. Is to dictate, you know, if I could sit at home and feel very sad and sorry for myself and kind of just drown in it. Cause why not? I mean, it’s hard or, you know, I can get online and, and discover Amazon, which is, and find low cost things and can sell some stuff on there and then add a little more in a little more, makes them, it makes me excited.
[00:34:44] Go to the studio and record. I I’m terrified of recording. I that’s not what I’ve. Focused on, but I was like, heck you know what? I’m going to try it. And, and I’m going to sing in Italian and my terrified. Absolutely. Am I writing everything phonetically? Absolutely. But you know, it’s something new that I can try.
[00:35:04] And, you know, last week, well, we were performing a bride and groom. We’re walking through the Venetian night. I know so many people had to cancel their weddings. And my wedding was the most magical day I’ve ever experienced and just hear my friends, having to cancel their weddings because of this and just, Oh my heart broke.
[00:35:23] And here’s this couple that were like, well, we’ll just get married just us, you know? And I called them over and I, I sang an old Gershwin song for them and they got to slow dance in the middle of the Venetian casino area. And that’s what it’s about. That’s why we do what we do. No, we give people a moment that is precious, that they remember.
[00:35:43] We tell a story that connects with them or they learn something and it holds with them forever. They see something beautiful that they remember forever. They laugh in a way they’ve never laughed before they see something shocking they’ve never seen before. And we give them that gift. When it’s, when that opportunity is taken away from us, there’s always a way for your voice to be heard.
[00:36:04] I, I truly believe that being at a virtual, you know, performance, you know, singing for people in your neighborhood, painting, drawing, creating something. And that, that’s my advice to the, the, our artists right now, though, they’ve taken our stage away. They can’t take away our soul. They can’t take away our music.
[00:36:23] They can’t take away our dance. They can’t take away our art. And it’s just, we decide where we put it for now until the stage is ready for us. I love that. I love that such great advice. Great insight, great outlook on everything in this entire situation. And it is time to move on to one of my favorite sections in the interview.
[00:36:45] I call it the grease lightning round. Oh my God. I’m 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. Dang. Give it first question. What was the one thing holding you back from committing to a career as an entertainer?
[00:37:07] Confidence. Second question. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Work harder, work hard, work harder. Love it. 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. Telling the story 100%.
[00:37:31] Absolutely. And the fourth question, what is the best resource? Whether that’s a book, a movie, a YouTube video podcast, maybe a piece of technology that you found is helping your career right now. Ah, well, I would say, for research purposes, you know, the, computer clearly, YouTube, finding covers of songs just to hear it cause a Kelly’s always wonderful.
[00:37:58] And me, I, I love when I’m searching something or creating something. Pinterest is my Betty. Because you can look up any topic and see artwork and designs and things. It’s just, it’s extremely inspiring. And you’re seeing constant, you know, photos and things you’d offer. but I love if I’m researching, I love Pinterest.
[00:38:19] I love YouTube. Love it. 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? I would keep it the same.
[00:38:40] I have no regrets. Love it. Last question. What is the golden nugget knowledge drop you’ve learned from your successful career in the industry that you’d like to leave with everyone? It’s it’s a, it’s a professional job. You’re an athlete. You’re a storyteller. No more, nor less. And remembering that well, we’ll see through be in the best physical shape of your life, being the best vocal shape of your life.
[00:39:11]tell the story, the story, be easy to work with. Be early, be pleasant, keep religion and politics out of it. Work. And number one thing, you go in, you do your job. You can go home and, and enjoy every second of it. I love it. Yay. And that means it’s time to wrap up this interview, which also means it is time to give yourself a plug.
[00:39:42] Where can we find you? How do our listeners connect with you? Is there anything you want to promote? currently I, if anyone wants to come see me perform, I’ll be at the Venetian, rules permitting of COVID, through July, Friday and Saturday from two to six at st. Mark’s square. With some of the most brilliant musicians in town, we’ll be doing everything from traditional really fun Italian old school, to our own, arrangements and mashups of really fun songs of today.
[00:40:13] I I’m about to release a cover version of the new James Bond song. No time to dive in by Billy Elisha and her brother, a Phineas with a whole movie film coming out. That’ll be coming out within about a week or so. And I’ll be hosting late night magic. If anyone would like to come and see that I would, I would love for them to be there.
[00:40:33] And of course they’re falling all of the COVID rules, but that will be downtown and it will be at the notoriety and it’s $20 tickets and they are being very strict with all the COVID rules. You can be, feel nice and, and comfortable there. And, yeah, it’s gonna be a great night. We’ve got an incredible people.
[00:40:50] We’ve got Anna Rose, Rocco, John Shaw, myself and Luna. And we’re going to be doing a lot of magic and just like hanging out, doing some cool stuff. And that starts at doors are at nine and the show is that beautiful. And on social media, where do we connect with you? you can connect the best way to connect with me is on Instagram.
[00:41:08] And that’s Anne with an E Martinez LV. You can connect with, meet there. And of course, if anyone ever has a question, please feel free to send me a message. I’m also on Facebook, you know, and Martinez, you can look me up under my maiden name, which is BARR B a R R. What’s the best way to connect with me as always I’m on Instagram and I’m, I’m always putting up, you know, news things about what I’m doing in town.
[00:41:29] And of course my, my stories, which disappear will feature all of my. Very companion. I have, two Pomeranians and some Persian cats, and I shaved them all to look like lions. So feel free to get on there and check out my, my little fluffy skins. They’re pretty fun. Beautiful. Well, and it has been an absolute pleasure having you on today.
[00:41:49] Thank you so much, Dane. Thank you. And before I go, I have to say this one thing about, about Dane. I don’t know if he remembers this, but. Dana. And I did, many shows together, but, one of the shows we did was dancing queen and there was a one number called Roula VU. And there was a section where I got lifted up by the boys.
[00:42:09]and I don’t know what happened, but only Dane showed up to lift me and Dana Elmo, if you remember, but you literally bench pressed me and had me all by yourself. And no one else was there. The people who have my feet, my hand were not there and I didn’t wiggle or waiver. And, and, and you put me down and then you gave me a little tap.
[00:42:33] You were like, you’re okay. Off you went. And I was like that, guy’s like Superman
[00:42:41] moment of like, wow, that was cool. And later I was like, can you totally bench press me? Like all by himself on stage? Like, like it was nothing just kinda. That kind of sums you up, but we’ve been through a lot Dane, but that’s, and we’ve had many crazy memories, but I think that’s, that’s personally my favorite one being bench pressed by, by Dane, on stage in the middle of a show.
[00:43:05] Cause no one else showed up. Wonderful. I’m glad I could be there for you as high as a mom, but it was pretty impressive. Beautiful. I love that. All right, well, we’ll cut there.
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