“Health…is a Three-Fold Endeavor.”

Health for music theater majors is a three-fold endeavor.

First, we of course have to take care of our bodies. We have to dance practically every day and if we aren’t putting good food into our systems and keeping our muscles strong, we’re not going to be able to have the stamina to last through the dance class, the musical, or even just the day.

Secondly, our vocal folds are incredibly fragile and we have to monitor the things we eat or drink before we sing and, of course, ensure we’re singing in the healthiest way possible. Nodes are a very real, very scary thing. Pitch Perfect got it right.

And thirdly, and maybe most importantly, mental health is a huge deal for performers. Our industry is riddled with competition and rejection. We have to balance the emotion needed to pursue our dreams while also remain a bit detached to keep the rejection from ruining our self-confidence. We all seem to flock to yoga and meditation classes or adult coloring books which, frankly, are so much fun.

Musical theatre is a high stakes career field and if you want to survive in it, you have to take care of your body and mind. As I seem to hear all the time, the most important relationship to be in is the one with yourself.”

*Picture is from Pure Green Smoothies, New York City, New York

~Written by Ruby Liu

 

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