Hi Everyone! Welcome to Beyond the Footlights! I am so looking forward to sharing this outlet with you- so here is a bit about me and the blog!
My name is Angela LaRose, and I am currently a PA based actor/singer/dancer. Performing has always been a passion of mine, and while I explored other career options like teaching and journalism during my college search, I followed my heart and knew theatre was my home. My heart ultimately led me to DeSales University where I have spent the last four years studying Musical Theatre! Lucky for me, along with giving me an incredibly enriching theatre education, DeSales also provided me with a fantastic liberal arts education. While getting B.F.A-like training in my B.A. program, I was still able to explore and express a variety of other passions as well!
Beyond the Footlights is born out of those other passions I find to be just as important in my life. So often as performers we are asked, “What is your backup plan?” or “Is that a realistic career path?,” and sometimes, it can be hard not to lean into those remarkably untrue questions- even when they truly come from a place of love or curiosity. Sometimes, when those questions become entirely too daunting, we launch ourselves into a frenzy and allow the uncertainties this business inevitably holds over us to take control of our minds, hearts, and physical/spiritual well-being. So how can we lessen the anxieties this may bring us?
That is where Beyond the Footlights comes in!
Beyond the Footlights is here to remind you that you are more than a performer. You Are A Person. You are a beautifully, and wonderfully made human being. Do you have passions outside of theatre, or even passions within the realm of theatre/performing arts besides performing? Of course you do! You are human! In a business that can take toll on our minds and bodies so easily, it is important to have some other outlets that make you feel safe, sane, and like you can be YOU. There is no shame in that. I am here to share some of the things that I do to make myself feel whole during moments of stress or uncertainty, as well as share ideas from fellow actors and friends!
This is a blog for everyone, not just performers, so share it with anyone you know who may need some love! We are going to take a step off the stage, beyond the footlights, and explore the passions that make us individual, unique, and worthy!
I am so excited to share this space with all of you! Get ready to spread the love!