Chelsea Phillips-Reid

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EP 94: Chelsea Phillips Reid (autogenerated)

[00:00:00] Dane Reis: [00:00:00] you booked it, episode 94. 

[00:00:07] All right. Let’s get started. I am excited to introduce my guest today. Chelsea Phillips Reed. Are you ready for this Chelsea? 

[00:00:16]Chelsea Phillips Reid: [00:00:16] I am so ready. 

[00:00:17] Dane Reis: [00:00:17] Oh, right. right. Chelsea grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where she began performing as a child with Dolly Parton at Dollywood, after performing at multiple theme parks, Chelsea toured internationally as Jenny, the music teacher with Sesame street live. She was also a featured vocalist with celebrity princess and carnival cruise lines. Favorite roles include Pam in 50 shades of the parody, Fe Apple in anyone can whistle and Rosemary in how to succeed in business. 

[00:00:47] Chelsea was a featured singer in Vegas, the show. And before the apocalypse of 2020 Chelsea starred as the emcee of Channing Tatum’s magic, Mike live. Chelsea. 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?

[00:01:05]Chelsea Phillips Reid: [00:01:05] Well, . Well,   Okay. Well, I also have shiny Brown eyes and a sparkling personality. I love pina coladas. No, I, I think, I mean, that’s pretty like the. That’s the bread and butter. I, yeah, I grew up in a small town in East Tennessee. Um, I started performing when I was really, really young. Um, my husband and I moved to Las Vegas. We are about to celebrate one decade in Las Vegas. We moved here almost 10 years ago. Um, and now we call us Vegas home. This is where I think where we’re going to be for a long time. We really love it here. 

[00:01:35]. And I just feel really lucky to be doing what I’m doing. That I’m a working actor. 

[00:01:39]Dane Reis: [00:01:39] Beautiful. Well, let’s move on to this section here. And Chelsea, look, I am a sucker for a good quote. What is your favorite quote? You’d like to share with everyone. 

[00:01:50]Chelsea Phillips Reid: [00:01:50] Oh, man. Dang. You were asking the hard questions. I was talking to my husband’s deep earlier about this. And I was like, gosh, like, this is a lot of pressure, one quote, this is like the one quote to end all quotes and he kind of laughed. And he said, I think I know which one you should choose. And I knew exactly what he meant because it’s kind of cheesy. 

[00:02:07] And I don’t know if you have like a nerd color.

[00:02:10] On this podcast, but yeah. It’s a quote from star Wars. And it’s the classic Yoda do or do not. There is no try.

[00:02:18]Yeah, I love it. 

[00:02:20] Dane Reis: [00:02:20] Yeah. And can you expand on that, on how you’ve incorporated that into your career and your life? 

[00:02:26]Chelsea Phillips Reid: [00:02:26] Sure. Well, I mean, Well, I mean, I think about that all the time, because you know, you hear this word a lot lately, imposter syndrome, a lot of people feel like they don’t really belong or they don’t deserve the success. They’ve received or they’re like a fraud or, you know, somehow people have figured it out and they haven’t quite figured it out, but the reality is. 

[00:02:43] All of us are just doing the best we can. And you just have to keep trying, and I know we’re going to talk about this later about like things that have served me in my career. And one of the things that I always say is yes, and like, Even if I have to kind of make it up as I go along. I think the worst thing that can happen is that someone could just say, Oh no, no thanks. Or whatever, but if you don’t try, you’ll never know. So I just feel like for me, that quote from master Yoda, 

[00:03:09] Just reminds me that ultimately you just have to try to do it and maybe you will fail, but maybe you’ll succeed and you’ll never know unless you try. 

[00:03:17]Dane Reis: [00:03:17] Absolutely. I absolutely love that. And I love that. You said, look, I got to just say yes and sometimes I don’t know exactly what I’m doing or I’m just figuring it out as. I’m going along, but the point is, is that you did say yes, you put yourself out there. And really that’s the only way we grow.

[00:03:34]Chelsea Phillips Reid: [00:03:34] Right. Absolutely. And I feel like every time. You are like rejected an audition or you don’t get that part or something like that happens. It is. It’s just a vehicle for growing and changing and ultimately can lead to something better. 

[00:03:48] Dane Reis: [00:03:48] Absolutely. And let’s move on to this section. And Chelsea, of course you are an entertainer. I am an entertainer. And I think that you would agree that this industry can be one of the most subjective, brutally, honest, personally emotional industries, either of us have probably ever experienced. And, you know, you know, as well as I, that in order to create and have a successful career in this industry, like you’re having now takes a lot of dedication and hard work. And while yeah, there was an outrageous amount of fun and excitement being an entertainer in doing what we do. 

[00:04:26] They are also our fair share of challenges, obstacles, and failures. We are going to experience and we’re going to have to move forward through. So tell us, what is one key challenge, obstacle or failure you’ve experienced in your career and how did you come out the other side better because of it. 

[00:04:43]Chelsea Phillips Reid: [00:04:43] Well, I hope everyone has 75 hours because. I feel like they’re just like endless stories. Of things that happen that were devastating or hurtful, or you thought like this is a, I will never work again. Um, but one thing again, that like came to mind when I read through this question was. When you actually have a job and how wonderful that feels to have that employment, sometimes you get benefits and then you’re like, wow, I am doing great. 

[00:05:11] But then making that choice to leave guaranteed employment, to try something new is one of the hardest things I think we can face in our industry. But ultimately something that serves us so much in the long term. And I know for me, one of those decisions was leaving cruise ships. So I worked on cruise ships for quite a while. I didn’t always do back-to-back contracts, but I work on a ship and then I go back to New York and audition and I go back on a ship because I desperately needed money and I was eating like canned beans. And so then I would go back on a ship. 

[00:05:46]Um, and it’s so funny, my friend called ships, uh, golden handcuffs because you know, most people that work on ships, you know, you’re in your early to mid twenties and then they’re paying you really well. To work in these really incredible shows. And for me, I was a singer on ships. So we didn’t have like extra crew staff duties. You have your own cabin, you have guest status. You’re treated really well. You work maybe three times a week. So it’s just like, 

[00:06:11] To make that decision to say, well, I can stay here. And that’s wonderful. And I have a lot of friends that have stayed on ships for like like 20 years, you know, but making that decision to say, well, well, actually I want something new. I want a different challenge. And it kind of goes back again. This podcast is going to be all about Yoda. It goes back to that quote of. 

[00:06:30] Ultimately, if I don’t try, I’ll never know. I’ll never know if I could have done something different or spread my wings or. Yeah. So making that decision. To leave ships was really difficult and ultimately I’m so glad we did because we moved to Las Vegas with five suitcases. We knew a couple people, but not like really well. And we just got incredibly lucky and we worked really hard. And so we moved here. My husband is from London. He initially couldn’t work because of immigration. 

[00:07:03]Um, Dane, I don’t know if you’ve talked about this before, but I worked as a beggar Taner, which is one of the most challenging jobs in Las Vegas that you are a cocktail server. And then once an hour, you like scamper like a little baby squirrel on top of a stage that’s on top of slot machines, and then you have to sing to the people you’re serving drinks too. So. 

[00:07:22] I did that for a year, just saving every penny. And then ultimately I then got a show and then I started working really consistently. But again, taking that first leap of faith of saying, okay, I’m leaving something that I know. And a and a company that likes me and wants me to continue working here to step off into the unknown is it’s a huge risk and it’s really scary. But one, I think is so necessary to take. 

[00:07:46] Dane Reis: [00:07:46] Yeah, I could not agree more with you in, like you said, You’re really talking about that conscious decision to leave versus. You know, your show closes and now you’re like, look that, what do I do? 

[00:07:58] And to really be proactive about that and take that step is so challenging, but it’s also something that. 

[00:08:05]I believe there’s a lot of entertainers and maybe you can categorize entertainers into two categories of people that really they want to entertain, but they also want. You know, more of that stable paycheck, which is, you know, Not necessarily the most common thing within the entertainment industry as a whole, but you know, once they get a show, they’re happy to stay in it or stay with that company for. 

[00:08:26]As long as possible if their career , you know, allows it, or if the company. You know, wants them still, then they’re happy to stay in that contract for ever and ever, and ever, which is a great place to be. And if that’s you, but then there’s other people that are like, you like myself that want that new challenge, that new, that new experience all the time, that constant growth into the unknown. And I feel like that there’s kind of these two groups of people, both are good. And it just depends on what it is that you want out of your career, but also to know,  that it’s. 

[00:08:56] totally cool to leave something. That’s good. And go explore the unknown because that good things still gonna be there. 

[00:09:02]And if you really need to go back and you need to call your contacts again, if you were a good performer for them worked well for them and they like you, chances are they’re going to have you back. 

[00:09:12], but go see what the world has to offer you. 

[00:09:14]Chelsea Phillips Reid: [00:09:14] Yeah. And again, it’s like the worst case scenario. Is that maybe you find out you don’t like your new job or it’s not a good fit for you. And then again, like you said, you always have the option. If you’re a great employee. To go back or to say, you know what? This is not for me. I actually have a passion to be a librarian. And then you can do that. Like that’s, that’s the amazing thing I think about. 

[00:09:39] Life is that you there’s an, I can’t think of it perfectly, but there’s this great quote about like, you’re never too old to dream a new dream and. Start over, Oh God, I’m butchering it so bad, but yeah. And I love that, that, that you always have this opportunity to reinvent yourself, to try something new. 

[00:09:55] And I think that’s important to remember. 

[00:09:57] Dane Reis: [00:09:57] Yeah, absolutely. And I think that quote from Yoda. 

[00:10:01]Chelsea Phillips Reid: [00:10:01] No. I was like, wait, wait a second. Yoda. 

[00:10:09] Dane Reis: [00:10:09] Let’s move on to a time that I like to call your. Spotlight moment. That one moment in time you realized, yes, I am going to be an entertainer for living or maybe it was, yes. This is what I need to be doing as an entertainer. Tell us about that. 

[00:10:30]Chelsea Phillips Reid: [00:10:30] Oh man. Well again, I mentioned it earlier. I started working when I was really young and I was just one of those kids that my mom actually has a written down in my baby book when I was around too. She said, Chelsea, what do you think you’re going to be when you grew up? And apparently I went an actress. Of course, I just. 

[00:10:53]You know, I don’t really believe in like destiny and predetermination, but there was something in me from early childhood that I love to entertain. I love to get a laugh. I mean, I like war tap shoes around the house. Like I was just ready to be like, you guys want to hear a song from Annie. Like I would like to publicly apologize to  my sisters and my family. 

[00:11:13] But I. I think that moment for me is when I booked a really big job as a kid. Um, which was, you mentioned earlier, I worked with Dolly Parton. I was in her Christmas show at Dollywood and. Working with her being with someone that operates on that level of success and entertainment. And I just felt instantly. 

[00:11:36]Like at home. And I just felt like the, even in my life, I think I was 11, my 11 year old brain. I was like, Oh yeah, this is what I want to do. Like sitting around. At rehearsals,  getting ready to perform, you know, just the, the feeling of nervousness and excitement. I knew that this was something I wanted to continue forever. And then I got paid and I was like, wait a second. 

[00:11:58] You’re going to pay me to do. And actually it’s funny cause my mom, she sends it to me every year on my birthday, but I like, I took pictures with like my paycheck, cause I was like, they are paying me $100 to do a show that I would literally pay. Them $100 to do. 

[00:12:16] So that was a really, it, that was my moment was. You know, working with Dolly Parton and just feeling like that was truly my destiny.

[00:12:24] Dane Reis: [00:12:24] Oh, I love that story. And so amazing that you got that experience to work with such a legend as well. 

[00:12:30]Chelsea Phillips Reid: [00:12:30] Totally. And I feel like that. And I know we’re going to talk about later about like things you learned along the way that to me was such a lesson because to see someone like her work to see how she treats other people. So first of all, Dolly Parton is a Saint. She is so kind, she is so funny. She’s professional, she’s on time. She knows her stuff, but at the same time is so full of joy and knows everybody’s name and greets you and makes you feel at ease. And I think like, 

[00:13:01] I’ve always tried to like learn by example. And when I see someone like that operate, I think, Oh, that’s how I want to be. Like, that’s how I want to make people feel. And that’s how I want to operate within this industry. 

[00:13:12]Dane Reis: [00:13:12] Yeah, . And let’s piggyback on that question real quick and talk about your number one, booked it moment. Walk us through that day, the auditions and call backs. If they happen to be a part of it, what was going on in your life? And what about that moment? Makes it your favorite book? That moment? 

[00:13:32]Chelsea Phillips Reid: [00:13:32] All right. Well, I’m going to tell the story. Boys and girls of how I booked magic Mike live. Cause it really is one of my favorite things because it kinda just came out of the blue sky and it just was magical. And so  um, I was working in Vegas, the show. And again, you know, I’d been there for a long time. I had left and come back. Uh, I knew I wanted something else, but I didn’t know what it was. And I wanted to. 

[00:13:59]I have been wanting to do comedy for a lot. Longer than I’d like, really had like even acknowledged myself. Cause I’ve worked as a singer primarily and done musical theaters, but I always, I always thought like I really want to do stand up. I really want to. Do comedy. And I remember like getting notes on cruise ships where they’re like, Oh no, well, stop. This is not supposed to be funny. Cause I’m like, come on. 

[00:14:21] And like trying to make songs funny. Cause I was like that this is a funny song. Um, So I remember seeing the casting notice and it was funny. All of it is very like the hands of fate, because I remember seeing the Kathy notice and it didn’t say anything about a female MC it was just for the guys. And I guess I was just , bored, but I was like, Oh, I’m going to click on it and read like what they’re looking for. Cause I’m  intrigued by it. 

[00:14:44] So I clicked on it and then I scrolled all the way down and at the very end, like you couldn’t see it unless you had clicked on it. Um, on Vegas auditions, it said we’re also casting a female comedian. And then it like listed all these comedians that they were using as examples. And they’re like, basically this woman is gonna operate as like a big sister to the audience. This is someone that people need to relate to that she’s going to like guide us like a Sherpa on this journey of self discovery throughout magic Mike live. And I remember reading that and being like, 

[00:15:14] Comedian. But I’m a comedian. It just was one of those things where I’d like, had I ever worked as a comedian and you, but I was like, well, I’m just gonna do it. I’m just going to say like, yeah, I’m like my. Dogs think I’m hilarious around the house. So I’m going to just prove it to Channing. So I, um, I got an audition appointment and they had us write like a five minute comedy set about like what women want, you know, what is women’s experience when they go to strip clubs? Like. 

[00:15:42] Or a male review shows. And so I wrote out this comedy set, I performed it for my husband and my dogs, literally at my house. And like everyone loved it. The chihuahuas we’re like, yes, you are funny. Um, And so I remember I went down to backstage studios here in Vegas, and I felt so nervous that I was like kind of vibrating where I was like, I am so like, 

[00:16:05] I don’t know what I’m doing here. This is my first audition that I didn’t have to  sing. So I felt really weird. And then I got down there. I saw a really good friend of mine, Sarah low. And. She was chatting to me and I was like, Oh, I feel really nervous. But, but then I was like, but you know what, I’m not going to get this job. And like I kept saying, I was like, I’m not going to get those. Um, and then she’s like, like, I don’t know, maybe you will. And then we went to the bathroom and I was like, Oh, I just read this article that you’re supposed to do power poses,  before a big, like. 

[00:16:32] Uh, performance or presentation. If you  stand with your hands on your hips, like makes you feel powerful. Everyone do this at home unless you’re driving. Um, and then. You’ll like like have like a lot of like, like, Ooh, like chutzpah to like, do a great job. So we stood in the bathroom and we like did power poses and then was my turn to go. 

[00:16:50]And I went in and immediately, as soon as I walked in our production staff is  the most kind loving, warm group of people. On the planet. So they were just so nice and so  welcoming. And I remember thinking like, Oh no, is this a cult? Like, this seems like they’re like trying to get me to drink. Kool-Aid like, they just were so lovely and they’re like, huh? 

[00:17:12] And I remember at once just feeling like really peaceful. And then we talked for a long time and I just was unapologetically myself. And I feel like that is like a journey I’ve definitely been on as a performer. Of just kind of like figuring out that like myself is my best version because no one else has quite liked me. And so I wasn’t trying to be like, Oh, I’m a sexist thing. Or I’m a blah-blah-blah. I just was like, Oh, I’m Chelsea and I’m gonna. 

[00:17:43] Be kind of weird and awkward and they were like, we love it. And I was like, wow. 

[00:17:48] That’s never happened before. So I just, I had a really fun audition. I talked to them for a long time. So this is, it was in front of, um, some of our producers and then our three choreographers who are Alison FOC, Theresa Espinosa, and Luke broadly, who are like huge, heavy hitters in the dance industry. Um,  so. 

[00:18:06] I did my audition and I remember I left and I was like, that was so fun, but I am not going to get that job. And then I walked out and Sarah was like, you’re going to get this job. They were really laughing. And I was like, Oh, I know. And so I went home and, um, At the time, I was really auditioning for another show in town and had like six callbacks. So in my mind, I was like, Oh, I’m, I’m getting this other job. Like I just knew I was going to get this other job. Um, 

[00:18:34] And so then I got a call and it was from New York, which is always a good sign. Like when I see that area code, I’m like, hello. And so, um, so, um, the casting director called me from New York and they were like, so, uh, mr. Channing Tatum, and I remember she said, Mister and I thought it was funny. She was like, mr. Channing, Tatum has some questions for you. And I was like, 

[00:18:55] Army. And she was like, he has some questions for you and he just wants you to record yourself. Answer these questions. And send it back to us. And she was like, Oh yeah, we need it tomorrow. So I was like, Oh my God. And I, I am like Amish. Like, I am not great with technology. So immediately I’m like, Oh my God, we need a video camera. And so like my sweet husband, Steve, like ran out to best buy. We bought a video camera. I like really harassed him and made him be like five, four, three, two, and like like pointed me to do this video. So again, I had that moment where I was like, Oh, I’m just gonna do myself. Like, I’m not going to try to be professional law. 

[00:19:31] I’m always trying to be professional, but I’m not, I’m not going to try to be like, hello. You know? You know? So I just, I sat on my couch and I said, hi, Channing Tatum, I’m Chelsea Phillips Reed. And I’m sitting on my couch talking to you about women and sexuality. Cause that was like the questions that were about. So I answered my questions and I remember I sent it off and I was like, Oh, I am not going to get that. Like I just kept thinking like, Oh, this is so funny, but I’m not going to get it. Um, 

[00:19:56] And then like a week passed and I didn’t hear anything. And I was like, Oh yeah, I’m not going to get at. And then they call me again from New York. It was the same casting company, but it was a different casting director. And so he was like, Hey. Channing is so excited to meet you. So already I’m like mouth breathing. Cause I’m like, what? So it was just like, 

[00:20:16] And they’re like, he’s that chanting is so excited to meet you. And he is going to fly you to LA on Friday for your like final callback. And I remember thinking like, Oh, he didn’t even like like ask, like, like, can you go? He was like, you are flying to LA. And I was like, yes. 

[00:20:33] And then, and I couldn’t say anything, but as he was like, yeah, Channing, can’t wait to meet you. I went, Oh my, and then the casting director goes. I know. 

[00:20:45] So I think everyone was just kinda like, Oh, and like, again, where it was just like, I can’t believe this is happening. I can’t believe this is real. And I can’t believe that I get to do this. And how else is fun? This is, and again, it’s like, This was my first audition as a comedian. So all of it felt like, Oh my God, wait til they find out I’m not a comedian. 

[00:21:06]Um, So then they flew me to LA and I flew into Burbank. And I remember like I got there super early, my appointment wasn’t until one in the afternoon, but my flight was pretty early. I remember like really starting to like, feel super nervous. And I like, kind of like cried a little bit.  And then, then, then I got like, like, I think I wore myself out from all my emotions and then I was like, okay, you’re going to do that. So I remember like putting on my makeup in the bathroom mirror. 

[00:21:34] And then I got in my Uber and I went and then my last, uh, audition, my callback was just chatting with Channing Tatum. And again, just like our choreographers. He is the most. Loving. Kind generous. Like you just meet him and you’re like, Oh, I love you. And I just remember, like, just again, thinking like this is so much fun and I, and I don’t think I really knew at that moment I was going to get it, but I just remember thinking like, Oh, I’m so glad I got to do this. Cause this, this has made me feel so good. And. 

[00:22:06] I was in a place that maybe. I wasn’t feeling great about, you know, our industry and what I was doing. Career-wise but I was like, this was so nice that I got to experience this. And then I flew home that night. And then they called me and offered me the job. 

[00:22:21]Dane Reis: [00:22:21] That is amazing. 

[00:22:23]Chelsea Phillips Reid: [00:22:23] Thanks. And I remember it just was one of those nights. I think my husband was still working night shifts, so he like wasn’t home. My family’s all on the East coast. So I like a called a couple people, but like no one, like answer my call. So I was just like alone in my house. Like I booked it, I did it everyone. Then my dogs were like, yep, you’re good at it. 

[00:22:43] Yeah. And so it was, it just was such pure joy. And I feel again like the luckiest person on the planet that I got to have this experience and I, and I get to work in this incredible environment.

[00:22:59]Dane Reis: [00:22:59] That is amazing. And I, you know,  you know, what I also really love about that story is that. Through, I guess let’s even back up from when you were talking about working with Dolly Parton to booking this show and the entire creative team to chatting himself, how everyone was so lovely and so nice, but so professional at the same time. And I think that’s such a. 

[00:23:20] Huge takeaway from that story as well, because I think we also putting our minds of people are these scary people and super businessy in super cutthroat. And maybe there’s a handful of people out there that are like that, but really. The truly successful people. Are wonderful, lovely people. 

[00:23:38] Because it’s hard to become successful if you’re not nice to people, 

[00:23:43] Chelsea Phillips Reid: [00:23:43] Yeah,

[00:23:43] absolutely. Absolutely.

[00:23:45] Dane Reis: [00:23:45] takeaway to see that, you know, come to fruition. All these wonderful people working at this incredibly high level are these lovely, lovely people. 

[00:23:52]Chelsea Phillips Reid: [00:23:52] Yeah, absolutely. And I, I don’t know what it is like why people think this way, but I feel like sometimes people think. In order to be successful, I need to be like cold or cutthroat or, you know, there’s another quote. I love this. I was like, you don’t have to blow out my candle to make yours burn brighter, where it’s like, eh, 

[00:24:10] You view everyone as competition, but the reality is that’s not true. Like everyone can be talented. Like it doesn’t make me less talented for you to be talented.  ultimately we can all work and love this industry simultaneously, like, and I think that’s so awesome. And again, Like you said you will meet those handful of people that are not kind or use their power for good or for evil. Not for good, but, but the ultimate. 

[00:24:37]Take away is that so many people that operate on such a high level in this business are just lovely human beings because people want to work for them and people, like you said, They want to continue to come back to them and you work with them again and again, with different projects because of what kind of people they are. 

[00:24:54] Dane Reis: [00:24:54] Yeah, absolutely. Absolutely. And what again,  again, what a amazing story. I love that 

[00:25:00] book, that story. 

[00:25:01] 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 crazy weird time. We are Amidst this global pandemic. How do you see the entertainment industry moving forward in the next couple of years?

[00:25:19]Chelsea Phillips Reid: [00:25:19] Oh man. Dang. These are the hard questions. Yeah. I

[00:25:22] mean like everybody, I am not working. Obviously every show in America is closed at this point. Um, I do feel very positive that Vegas we’ll be back. Maybe in a little bit of a different format, but I know how important shows and live entertainment are to the city. So I feel like so many people are working so tire tirelessly to make sure it comes back. Um, so I was kind of in a weird position too, because magic Mike live is actually moving. So we were at the hard rock for three years, but then the hard rock close is becoming a Virgin property. So we are moving to the Sahara. So they’re actually constructing this. Brand new, incredible state-of-the-art space for us at the Sahara. Like, as we speak. So I know magic Mike live is set to reopen spring 2021. So. Fingers toes eyes crossed that everything keeps moving forward. People wear your mask, stay at home, come on. Um, but some of the things I have been working on, you know, I do have an agent in LA. So before things got super freaky  . With a pandemic. I, um, I’m um, I’m trying to work more in TV and film. I’m trying to, I’m auditioning for a lot of shows and I also love hosting. So I’m just continuing to do that and hoping, hoping to kind of, um, Merge into that world from live entertainment to TV. 

[00:26:45]Um, and also I have joined the world of podcasts as well.

[00:26:49] Dane Reis: [00:26:49] Oh, right. right. 

[00:26:50] Chelsea Phillips Reid: [00:26:50] I know I’m copying you. I’m not really no. Um, so my

[00:26:53] dear friend, Sarah low, and she’s just an incredible woman. She was the dance captain of Jersey boys here in Vegas for like nine years. She’s worked all over the place. Um, she and I had talked like years ago, like, wouldn’t it be so funny? 

[00:27:06] If there was a podcast about all the weird side hustles that

[00:27:11] Entertainers.

[00:27:11] have, because the reality is everyone that works in this industry, there’s always a down period. There’s always like a time in between shows in between contracts where all of a sudden you’re like. Okay. I’ll wear that costume for $100 and you have these jobs. So we are launching our podcast. That’s called the side hustle. Um, We don’t it’s. TBD where I was just starting to like like record some episodes and get them edited and set now. So stay tuned. 

[00:27:39] Because Dane, we also love to have you on, so we’re just talking to all kinds of, 

[00:27:44] of your like favorite artists and actors and writers and musicians about all the wonderful, weird wacky side hustles they’ve had over the years. 

[00:27:53] Dane Reis: [00:27:53] I love that concept. That’s in. 

[00:27:56] I’ve done some strange things. So. 

[00:27:57] Chelsea Phillips Reid: [00:27:57] I mean, everyone has done like a flash mob where they’ve like changed the words to a song and you’re like, Oh, 

[00:28:01] it’s not it’s C R T V. What? Yeah. 

[00:28:08] Dane Reis: [00:28:08] Love corporate performances. 

[00:28:10]Chelsea Phillips Reid: [00:28:10] Yeah. So, so really that’s what I’ve been doing right now is just getting

[00:28:13] Ready.

[00:28:15] to launch that podcast and just. You know, quarantine, it’s a trip. 

[00:28:20] Dane Reis: [00:28:20] is absolutely. 

[00:28:21]Chelsea Phillips Reid: [00:28:21] I feel like I am that meme. That’s like one

[00:28:24] day.

[00:28:24] you’re cleaning the baseboards with a Q-tip the next day of crying at 10:30 AM and sipping tequila. I’m like, Oh yeah. There’s not a lot of in between. 

[00:28:33] Dane Reis: [00:28:33] Love it. It is time to move on to one of my favorite sections in the interview. I call it the grease lightening round. I am going to ask you a handful of questions. I want you to answer them as quickly and concisely as possible one after another. Are you ready? 

[00:28:52]Chelsea Phillips Reid: [00:28:52] I’m ready. Dang. Let’s do 

[00:28:53] Dane Reis: [00:28:53] Okay, first question. What was the one thing holding you back from committing to a career as an entertainer? 

[00:28:59]Chelsea Phillips Reid: [00:28:59] I’m kind of a type, a personality. Like I like planning. I like knowing what’s next. So that was a big thing for me, really jumping into this career is not having that steady. 

[00:29:10]Paycheck not having a steady job. 

[00:29:12] Dane Reis: [00:29:12] Yeah. And the second question, what is the best piece of advice you have ever received? 

[00:29:19]Chelsea Phillips Reid: [00:29:19] Say yes to be open and make it up as you go along. 

[00:29:23] Dane Reis: [00:29:23] Yes. Third question. What is something that is working for you right now? Or if you’d like to go pre COVID, what was working for you before our industry went on? Pause. 

[00:29:34]Chelsea Phillips Reid: [00:29:34] I think. Something that was working for me before our industry went on pause is that there are things that are more important than talent. And ultimately, I know other guests have talked about this, but. You don’t be a jerk. Like to be on time to show up, to do your homework, to be pleasant, to be around. Have that kind of reputation in town that they’re like, Oh yeah, she is a delight. Like she is someone that’s like easy to work with, fun to be around. And I think that sometimes outweighs, like you could be the most talented person in the whole world, but if you’re really awful to work with, ultimately you’re not going to be successful longterm.

[00:30:13]Dane Reis: [00:30:13] Absolutely. 

[00:30:14] And the fourth question, what is your best resource? Whether that is a book, a movie, a YouTube video, a podcast technology, something like that, that, that you found is helping your career right now. 

[00:30:28]Chelsea Phillips Reid: [00:30:28] I feel like this was a tough one for me, but what I really think more than anything is to keep your ears and eyes open, to be observant, especially when you’re coming into a new job in a new environment. I know all of us. Are like loud and boisterous or whatever, but I think it’s great sometimes to really read the room and really understand that you are, um, a cog in a machine. And so to really. 

[00:30:51] Uh, like I said, be observant and figure out how you fit in and how you can help the whole, like how you can help the entire production.

[00:31:01]Dane Reis: [00:31:01] Yeah, absolutely. Absolutely. 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?

[00:31:20] Chelsea Phillips Reid: [00:31:21] This is the question. I know this was rapid fire, but I’m not rapid fire. I’m long winded. Um, This is such a hard question in general. Cause I play that game with myself just like in life. Um, but

[00:31:32] Ultimately.

[00:31:33] I don’t think I would change a thing because every. Experience I’ve had every job I’ve had every rejection I’ve had every bad. Thing that’s happened in a show where I feel like, Oh, I don’t think I want to do this anymore. Ultimately it led me to where I am now and everything makes you learn and everything makes you grow. So ultimately I don’t think I’d change it.

[00:31:55]Dane Reis: [00:31:55] Great. And the last question. What is the golden nugget knowledge drop you’ve learned from your successful career in this industry? You’d like to leave with our listeners.

[00:32:07]Chelsea Phillips Reid: [00:32:07] Go to law school. I’m joking. Um, I think what I, my golden nugget is that there’s no finish line. I think when I was younger, I thought like, Oh, if I like booked this show, then I’ll be like, I made it. I am successful. This is it. But ultimately. You just keep learning. You keep getting better. You always are growing and changing. And like I said, I had only worked as a singer and then I was like, I really want to do comedy. And then I got this opportunity to work as a comedian and then it’s like, 

[00:32:43] I got that opportunity. Cause I said, yes. And I got that opportunity. Cause I just said, you know what? I’m going to like take like take a step even though I don’t see the stair. Um, and so that’s my golden nugget to everyone is just. 

[00:32:54]To keep trying. 

[00:32:55]Dane Reis: [00:32:55] Yeah, and I love that you said there’s no efficient finish line because that’s exactly how I can relate to every peak throughout my career. Because as soon as I did it, it, it was grateful and wonderful. Is that peak is you go great. Did it. Now, what do we do? 

[00:33:11] What’s What’s

[00:33:11] the next thing. How do we do, how do we do something cool or something better? Something bigger. Always. 

[00:33:16] Chelsea Phillips Reid: [00:33:16] totally. And you look at people there’s like, even like so successful in our industry where it’s like, just because you’ve been on a TV show, it doesn’t mean like you are set for life or you will always continue to work. There’s plenty of people out there that have been on Broadway and on TV and everything else. And ultimately  you’re still auditioning with them. I mean, I I mean, I went to an audition in Vegas and a real life Disney princess locked in. That’s actually a funny story. I was auditioning for something. And I think I can say her name cause it’s a wonderful story. But, um, Oh, and now I’ve blanked on her name. Cause that’s what kind of person I am. The woman that was the voice of bell walked into my audition and I was like, Hmm, yep. That’s happening. 

[00:33:54]Dane Reis: [00:33:54] Wild. 

[00:33:56] Chelsea Phillips Reid: [00:33:56] Yeah. So again, it’s like, just because you’ve had this opportunity to be like, you’re the voice of a Disney princess is still means. In a couple years or months or weeks that you’re auditioning for your next job. It doesn’t  ind just cause you’ve achieved a certain level. 

[00:34:12] Dane Reis: [00:34:12] Yeah,  such a massive lesson there. And to wrap up this interview, Chelsea, it is time to give yourself up lug. Where can we find you? How do our listeners connect with you? Is there anything you want to promote? 

[00:34:27]Chelsea Phillips Reid: [00:34:27] All right. Well, Check me out on Instagram. It’s at Chelsea Phillips Reed. I have hilarious videos, mostly featuring my dog and also my four year old niece. Um, and then also check it out. Uh, I’ll keep you guys posted on Instagram of when the side hustle podcast is going to launch, because I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. And we’d love for you guys to take a lesson. 

[00:34:50]Dane Reis: [00:34:50] Absolutely. And for everyone out there, I have put the link to her social media in that the description of this episode. So you can easily connect with her. 

[00:35:00] Chelsea. Thank you so much for taking your time to be here today. It’s been such a pleasure to talk with you. 

[00:35:05]Chelsea Phillips Reid: [00:35:05] Thank you, Dana. It’s been so fun. Thanks for having me. 

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