Interview with alumna Cassidy Janson

Photo Credit: Emma Bullivant

Q1. If you had one word or sentence to describe why you should choose to go to MPA,  what would it be?                                                                                                                      The directors. That’s too much. But you know … they are awesome.

Q2. What was the main aspect that drew you to train at MPA?                                                                                                                                                                                                  The calibre and ethics of the teachers and directors.

Q3. What has been your most stand out memory since leaving MPA, and what do you see happening in your future?                                                                                                    Probably my first night as Elphaba. It was pretty adrenaline filled. Now the future…. Yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery and today is a gift. That’s why they call it the present, Fill today with awesomeness and the future will be glorious.

Q4. If you could give 5 of your best tips about training at MPA and being apart of the industry what would they be?

1)   Be nice. Everyone is working so hard to create something under pressure. Don’t be a pain in the back side. Be helpful and cheery. It truly makes such a difference in the rehearsal room when everyone is working together. 
2)   Keep learning. The day you stop learning is the day you start declining.
3)   COMMUNICATE. Talk to people and ask questions. Don’t be a wallflower.
4)   Get enough rest. Know that what we do as artists is the most amazing job. Don’t take it for granted and start partying like a mad thing when you get your first job. Those working the longest period of time, do indeed go out and have a good time but also temper it with proper rest.
5)   Never EVER call in sick with a hangover. It’s happened in one of my recent shows. It was an epidemic of people partying then calling in sick. It is disgusting behaviour and you’re letting all the cast, audience and mostly yourself down. If you’re hungover get your arse in that theatre and pay the price.