Q & A with Rance Wright
Rance Wright, a NYC musical theatre performer in a quest to better his auditions and his performing as a whole, founded Wright Way Productions LLC, The Wright Way Master’s Classes, Wright Brothers Productions, The Photography Train and The Wright Agency/Management Office. Rance now helps others find their own unique individuality and niche in the performing market. Check out what advice he has to say about auditions and empowering yourself as an actor.
BB: What was your inspiration for the Wright Way Master Classes?
RW: Well, about 5 years ago I was in call-backs for Bob Crewe in Jersey Boys and I realized that the office liked me and kept requesting that I come back in; however, there was something missing in my performance. This frustration pushed me to want to find out the answers. So I did just that. I hired three of my friends, Alison Franck, Duncan Stewart and Merri Sugarman, to work with 10 of my friends. It was then that I realized how simple and beautiful this career really is.
BB: Can you give advice on how an individual performer can empower themselves and their career?
RW: Simply this...to love and accept themselves. Every person in this industry is talented; however, it is the individual, who walks in with that understanding of self value, is the individual who takes risks and loves themselves enough to realize that showing their truth is ok.
BB: What do you think is the biggest mistake an actor makes?
RW: Not allowing the ego to walk in the room with them.
BB: Can you give some advice to actors on finding their individuality as a performer?
RW: I said it above and will emphasize it again and that is self worth and self value. Once you feel comfortable enough with yourself, you will trust yourself in the process. Do not beat up on who you truly are. I also recommend Maggie Flannigan's Meisner Program....it is a great place to find self.
BB: Can you offer up a piece of audition advice for actors? Perhaps even a big mistake that actors constantly make in auditions?
RW: A big mistake that people do is ALWAYS performing the same piece over and over again. You must show diversity in this career...and always succeed.
BB: Is there something you have learned from working with casting folks that benefits an actor?
RW: Get to know the industry through seminars, auditions, workshops, etc. They hire talent...and they hire people they know and trust.
BB: Any other words of wisdom from your own personal acting experience.
RW: I believe there are two parts to us as performers and that is THE EGO and THE ARTIST. It is important that as an artist you realize that this industry is very circular. It is important that as an artist you make it linear and somewhat goal-oriented. This was taught to me by the wonderful Rich Tafel, who inspired me 13 years ago to do that same thing. I will forever be grateful for.
BB: Anything else you want to share with our readers?
RW: Once you realize that this career is about giving and NOT taking, the sooner you will achieve the happiness you want in this life and in this career. This career is a direct line to the type of lives and people we are individually.
Rance Wright: Received a Masters in Music from the Boston Conservatory and a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from Brigham Young University. A talented musical theatre performer working in the greater New York City area, Rance foresaw a need to help others gain a greater knowledge and understanding of their talent and art. His entrepreneurial spirit quickly lead to the birth of Wright Way Productions LLC, The Wright Way Master’s Classes, Wright Brothers Productions, The Photography Train and The Wright Agency/Management Office. As a consultant as well as an artist, Rance brings over 7 years of training and experience to the table; combining that with his unique style, creativity and professionalism, you have the perfect combination for very successful learning initiatives. Furthering the knowledge and understanding of theatre, music, and dance for himself and others is quickly becoming hallmarks of his career. To learn more about his workshop and seminar company, WRIGHT WAY MASTER CLASSES, check out http://www.wrightwaymasterclasses.com. To learn more about Rance Wright please visit: www.rancewright.com