Perspective. And, hopefully, a better understanding of who I am, and what makes my life worth living.
1) Why did you audition for the Glee Project?
A- My high school drama teacher hit me with his Complete Works of Shakespeare until I got out of bed.
2) Tell us your audition story.
A-My mother and my drama teacher were in New York to visit me. I'd moved to Manhattan four months prior, and this was the first time since then that I had seen either of them. As we sat in our hotel room my teacher, J.R., motioned to me to come look at the audition notice for the glee project. It was the next day. I hesitated, thinking that, being 22, I was already out of range in terms of what they were looking for. By the end of the night, however, I was convinced that the audition would be worth doing, despite the fact that we had tickets to the Lion King that afternoon. So, I woke up being struck repeatedly with a very large book, and proceed to wait, like everyone else, for my one in fifty thousand shot. I had prepared drops of Jupiter a capella, but the real song I intended to sing, 'fields of gold' by Sting, was not on the list. So I walked into my audition and sang Drops of Jupiter with my guitar on my back. When I finished, they asked me what my guitar was for. The rest is history.
3) How did you feel when you found out you were cast on the Glee Project?
A- I suppose I felt the way Moses might have when he brought his staff down at the edge of the red sea; like the impossible was playing out before my eyes. I will cherish that memory for the rest of my life, because for a moment in time, reality could part the waters of my imagination, and I could see for miles.
4) What was your life like before you were cast on the show?
A- before I was cast on the glee project, my average day in New York went something like this:
10 AM- wake up.
11 AM- wake up again.
11-12PM- Play Xbox, shoot at things that don't exist.
12:15- check Playbill.com, see if any musicals are looking for white people. (Really? They are? Fantastic!)
1:00- after shower and food, take the 1 down to Columbus circle, print out headshot and resume.
2:00- arrive at audition studio, weave my way through a small gathering of my clones, put my name on non-union list. Sit down.
3:00- play game with my thumbs, continue sitting.
4:00- sing my ass off!
4:03- stop singing. Hear the words 'thank you'. Exit the room, as I've been classically conditioned to do.
5PM- get home, see if roommates bought eggs for themselves.
5:05- make eggs.
5:30- EPIC NAP TIME.
7:00- wake up. contemplate going out. Think about how i definitely can't afford it.
7:30- go out anyway.
Anywhere from 9PM- 4AM- ...... Drinking, I guess?
5) What 3 words would you say best describes you?
A- an experience.
6) Tell us something about yourself that we might not already know.
A- I was born in Adelaide, Australia. I also have an Australian dialect that I can turn on and off at will. Also, I'm one of the biggest Trekkies you're likely to meet; I literally have the Estes model rocket shaped like a Klingon D-7 cruiser.
7) What kind of character would you play on glee and why?
A- so, most people would come up with a framework, an idea of a character. Unfortunately, me being not most people, I came up with my character's entire plot. Picture this:
I was raised in Arizona, somewhere quiet, a little secluded. For most of my life, it was just my mother and me, getting by however we could, living simply. My mom never told me much about my father, or her past, and I was a quiet kid, so i never questioned it much. The most she ever said was that my father was in the army, and that she met him at a very different time in her life. However, at 16, my mother suddenly passes away from complications associated with the long-term after-effects of drug abuse. When I visit the family lawyer to find answers, he gives me a videotape that my mother instructed not to give to me until she was gone. On the tape, my mother explains that she was a former drug addict, as was my father, but she doesn't know his whereabouts or even if he is still alive. She didn't want me to know unless it was absolutely necessary so that I wouldn't grow up angry or confused, but felt that the truth should be told to give closure. The only thing she remembers about him was that his name was Christopher Hudson, and he came from a town called Lima Heights, Ohio. After that, she gives me instructions to stay with a cousin in the area and finish high school, and tells me she loves me more than anything. Instead, I withdraw the little money we have, take the car (a 1971 Chevelle SS, midnight blue with white accents) and head for Ohio, determined to find my father, even if I am 16 and utterly alone...
I think the character would be an amazing addition to Glee because it would explore what happens when life simply deals someone a bad had through no fault of their own. I want to see what happens to Finn's mother when she finds out who I am. Will she let me stay? Will it be too much? Also, how would having a half-brother affect the hard-won relationship between Finn and Kurt? This character, the subtleties of the situation and the burden he would present to the Hudson/Hummel house is something Glee hasn't really explored yet. I would be thrilled to be the one chosen to navigate it.
8) Who is your favorite character on Glee?
A- Burt Hummel, bar none. Mike O'malley is brilliant. The scene where he confronts Finn because of his prejudices towards Kurt was heart-wrenching, and in my mind one of the more iconic scenes of the series. He's human. Simple and plain.
9) What is your favorite song of all time?
A- Motorcycle Drive By by Third Eye Blind. It's one of those songs where the first time you hear it, you stop what you're doing and just listen. The lyrics move like water, they sweep you along and hit you like a wave. It's that special kind of brilliance that can only come from a mind that has seen and lived both sides of life. I dunno, I guess you could say I like it.
10) Favorite singer or Band?
A- again, Third Eye Blind. I think that they're a lot like Dave Matthews Band in terms of brilliant music being hijacked by a terrible fan base. You see so many bros getting wasted to Semi-Charmed life. And for so many thinking, rational people, that's enough to throw out the baby with the bath water to maintain a perceived 'distance' from that lifestyle. But if you listen, you'll find some of the best music of the entire decade, and lyrics that speak to the chaotic beauty of life, missed opportunities, things that arise and fail for seemingly no reason, suicide, emptiness, hope. It's all there. To be honest, I'm surprised Glee hasn't done any of their stuff yet.
11) Who would you most want to collaborate on a song with?
A- Ellie Goulding. I think our voices could do something astounding together. Or D'angelo pre-hooker/fatness problems.
Also, if I were putting together a dream band, it would definitely include Pino Palladino on bass, ?uest love on drums and Frederic Chopin on piano arrangements, with vocal arrangements by D'angelo.
12) What Glee cast member would you most want to sing karaoke with? Why?
A- Darren. I feel like he's such a giver, even when he's the focus of the song. Also, we both come from strong musical theatre backgrounds (J. Pierrepont Finch swaggin'.) so I know we'd know how to play off each other well.
13) Who is your celebrity crush?
A- ...... Is it okay to be more attracted to Hellen Mirren than Adrianna Lima?
14) What 3 words would describe what you look for in a good friend?
A- patience, collaboration and passion.
15) What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
A- Supernatural. Because you are not as good as Jensen Ackles. Ever.
16) Who or what inspires you, and why?
A- The thing that inspires me, and always will, are the ones who allow inspiration to take them, who leap without looking, and who refuse to take the world at face value. Growing up with autism and looking the way I do (I.e.- normal) has taught me so much about looking past the surface of things, and to see life not for what it is, but for what it can be. One of the great ironies of the way we live is that that we consume song after song about living free, not caring about consequences and following your dreams, but the messages reach us in packages that are deliberately meant to be disposable. And as a result, I believe many of us have come to see dreams as something of equally little value. We forget that following our passions is not easy. It is not simple. It is hard. It is scary. It leaves you open, leaves you constantly putting yourself on the edge of belief with no guarantee of success or safety. But you do it because you don't have a choice. Because it was what you were born to do. In my generation, this should be about the time that they begin to emerge from the woodwork. I can't wait to meet them.
Thanks for taking the time to read. I think it paints a good portrait of who I am, even if it turns out to be different than who I, or any of us are edited to be. Thank you so much for your support so far.
Be excellent to each other. Be excellent to yourself.