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JASON WISE & HIS TAKE ON MAKING IT IN NEW YORK!
Any professional gaining success in the big city will confirm that a creative mindset makes an amazing difference in navigating the job scene. Here, choreographer Jason Wise shares the insights that keep him grounded and ready for every new opportunity that comes his way.
‘Believe that you’re the best. Write letters. Talk to anyone who will listen. Drink coffee. Read about the Law of Attraction. See every show you can so you know what’s going on. Then go home and read every word in the Playbill including the restaurant listings. Meditate. Be yourself. Save your money (even when you’re making it, live as if you’re not). Take risks. Don’t get jealous. Paint. Know your history. Have somewhat of a life outside of show business. Make clear choices. Remember names. Call your parents. Walk Manhattan without having a destination. Don’t change your phone number. Keep small things around your apartment to remind you of a time when you dreamed of living in New York and being a part of Broadway because there’s going to be rough days and you have to get through them. And never take your time here for granted – every day you wake up in New York is a gift. Even when the city chews you up and spits you out, remember there’s a kid in Kansas who could give anything to even get one week here. Everyone who’s anyone is within 13 miles of you. If your dream seems far away or the odds of a miracle happening seem slim to none, remember (if anywhere) it can happen in New York – in 24 hours or less.’
Following assignments in national tours of 'Beauty And The Beast' and 'Cats', Jason is quickly establishing himself as a promising stager of musicals. The most recent evidence includes the 50th Anniversary Concert of 'Fiddler On The Roof' and a tour of '4 Girls 4' starring Andrea McArdle, Donna McKechnie, Faith Prince, and Maureen McGovern. His interest in educating dancers translates into teaching 4x's a week at Broadway Dance Center.
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