Photo by Robert Bellospirito.
“My guest on this very special 100th episode of the Hometown to Hollywood podcast is the legendary Kristin Chenoweth.
Kristin Chenoweth is one of those rare performers who truly excels in multiple mediums: musical theatre, film, TV, voiceover, and concert performances, and she has the awards to prove it, with both an Emmy and a Tony among others. Perhaps best known for originating the role of Galinda in Wicked, some of her other Broadway and Off-Broadway runs have included You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Promises, Promises, On the Twentieth Century, and Candide. She has starred in scores of TV shows and films including Pushing Daisies, Glee, Descendants, Hairspray Live, BoJack Horseman, Trial and Error, GCB, and many more. For the Girls is her seventh album.
Kristin currently is performing in her Broadway concert run, For the Girls, where she performs songs from her most recent album of the same name. She is the only other woman my daughter Dove Cameron calls “Mama.” And I am proud to call her my friend.
Listen in for an authentic, heartfelt conversation, where Kristin generously shares experience, advice, and wisdom from her extraordinary career… and makes it clear that she is still learning and evolving too.
Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation:
- “Sometimes our plans aren’t God’s plans, and we have to get to what we’re meant to do in a different way.”
- “There are no limits, besides the ones we put on ourselves.”
- “University, for me, was that time to not only train, but to grow up a little bit.”
- “If I know that my audiences are touched, that’s the most important part for me.”
- “As life changes, and your voice changes, it opens you up to new material and new things to say.”
- “If you stay in the moment—the true moment—nobody can get too mad at you.”
- “If you see yourself doing anything else, & being happy at it, then you should go do that thing. But if you don’t… please go for it.”
- “Own who you are, and do YOU.”
The quote Kristin and I both referenced in the podcast is from Martha Graham to Agnes de Mille, both legendary choreographers:
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.”
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Kristin’s approach to life and art is humble, heart-based, and generous.
Our conversation reminded me of how important it is to continue to evolve, as artists, as well as humans. The minute we think we know everything we need to know is when we stop growing. By positioning herself as a lifelong learner, Kristin is embracing new opportunities to use her voice… literally as well as figuratively.
If you know you could use some help learning what you need to put in place for a successful acting career—for yourself or for your kid—invest in a consultation with me. A single session can save you many times over the investment, as well as give you peace of mind.
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