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Tuesday
Jul082014

Call Answered: Leanna Creel: Bayside! The Musical!

Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Leanna Creel as "Zack Morris" and "Tori Scott" on NBC's "Saved By The Bell"Known for playing "Tori Scott" on NBC's #1 teen drama Saved By The Bell, "Call Me Adam" chats with actress, director, and writer Leanna Creel about being the featured guest star in the unauthorized hit Off-Broadway musical Bayside! The Musical! from July 10-12 at Theatre 80 in NYC (80 St. Marks Place at 1st Avenue). Click here for tickets! 

We also discuss starting her own film company, motherhood, and what she hopes to be rememered for.

For more on Leanna be sure to visit http://www.creelstudio.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

1. On July 10, 11, and 12 you will be the featured guest star in the unauthorized hit Off-Broadway musical Bayside! The Musical!, a parody of TV's #1 teen drama Saved By The Bell. What made you want to be part of this musical parody? Well, it looks hilarious. And of course, SBTB is such an inviting comedic target.

2. What do you hope audiences will come away with after seeing you in Bayside! The Musical!? I hope they get a good laugh, especially at my expense.

3. What excites you about stepping back into the role of "Tori Scott"? I'm not sure how much I'll be back, but I'm considering wearing a black leather jacket. I've avoided that for years.

4. Who do you still keep in touch with from Saved By The Bell, if anyone? You know, I don't really keep in touch with anybody, but I've run into Mario a few times over the years. I get a zillion likes when I post a picture of him on Facebook.

5. Shortly after Saved By The Bell ended it's run, you left acting and started working behind the scenes, both producing and directing, eventually creating your own production company, and now photography studio. What made you want to leave acting and work behind the scenes? What do you get from working behind the scenes that you did not get from acting? I acted all through undergrad and grad school. In fact, took off a quarter while I was at UCLA to do the show. This is how I paid for my education, but I've always been drawn BEHIND the camera more than in front.

6. In 2008, you married your partner Rinat Greenberg and shortly after, Rinat gave birth to your son. How do you balance a career and motherhood? It can be tough sometimes, because I travel quite a bit. However, having my own business has been a great way to make sure the schedule works as well as can be.

7. How do you stay grounded in an industry that has lead others down darker roads? I didn't start acting until I was 15, and I've noticed that the kids that "went down darker paths"….usually started a lot younger when it was more difficult to keep a balanced perspective.

Leanna Creel as "Tori Scott" on NBC's "Saved By The Bell"8. What's the best advice you've ever received? The most important thing is to keep the most important thing, the most important thing.

9. What have you learned about yourself from your career and being a mother? This would take a novel!! One thing I do know, is that I learn from my boys every day and that they have made me a more patient and demonstrative person.

10. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? To fly. I hate LA traffic.

BONUS QUESTION:

11. What do you want to be remembered for? Excellent question. Personally, I want to make a difference in people's lives, and to be remembered as a kind and generous person. As for work, to choose material that inspires hope. I'm a sucker for hope.

Leanna Creel, Photo Credit: Rocki PedersenMore on Leanna:

Leanna Creel started acting for TV when she was 15, moving on from acting after earning an MFA in Film and TV from UCLA’s Independent Producer's Program. From 1996-2000, Leanna Co-founded Ignite Entertainment which financed and produced 10 feature films, working with emerging talent such as Will Ferrell, Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, Natasha Lyonne, Peter Facinelli, and Ben Stiller. In 2000 Lionsgate acquired Ignite Entertainment.

2000-2003, Leanna wrote and directed several award winning short films including Offside and Prom-troversy! starring Jane Lynch. 

Traveling around the world led her back to her childhood passion for photography, and she started Creel Photo in 2004. After creating hundreds of web and educational videos, she expanded her company to Creel Films in 2007. To encompass the expanding array of projects beyond just photography and video, and to develop original IP, Creel Studio was formed in 2013.

Saturday
Jul052014

Call Answered: Kevin Spirtas: Mr. Confidential NYMF 2014

Kevin Spirtas, Photo Credit: Denice Duff - http://duffimages.comBest known for playing "Dr. Craig Wesley" on NBC's Days of Our Lives, "Call Me Adam" chats with actor and producer Kevin Spirtas about starring as Bob Harrison in NYMF's 2014 production of Samuel Bernstein's Mr. Confidential from July 21-27 at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre in NYC (480 West 42nd Street).

Before TMZ and Gawker, there was Bob Harrison’s Confidential Magazine. Its scandal and showbiz fizz went viral, fab 50s style, outselling T.V. Guide and Time Magazine. But scrape away the hype, whipped cream, and dirt, and what do you have? A mostly true story about heart, innocence, and family loyalty, set to a sexy, swinging, Big Broadway beat. But sshhh! Keep it confidential...Click here for tickets!

For more on Kevin be sure to visit http://www.kevinspirtas.com and follow him Facebook and Twitter!

1. From July 21-27, you are going to be starring in Mr. Confidential in the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). What made you want to be part of this show? First of all — MR. CONFIDENTIAL is a good old fashioned style musical with great songs and musical numbers that help tell a great story. It’s style and presentation of telling a story is my favorite way to tell a story and is a good fit with my style of acting and performing. Not to mention, Bob Harrison, the creator of Confidential Magazine, was the true inventor and Father of tabloid magazines as we know them today...He is a fascinating character and I couldn’t pass up a role like Bob!

2. What excites you about being in a new musical and in the NYMF festival? Always having the opportunity of doing a new musical and creating/putting your stamp on something new is very exciting.

The real Bob Harrison (Left) and Kevin Spirtas as Bob Harrison (Right), Photo Credit: Michael Tobias (left photo) and Jeremy Blair (right photo)3. What do you identify most with about your character of "Bob"? Bob Harrison really just liked to have fun - even with his work! And he was really a good guy, though somewhat misunderstood. He was a serial creative, not unlike like myself, with incredible drive, and always had an a knack to reinvent himself and come back from his low points and failures...Like the lives of a cat! He always had another new and exciting idea to make, or create, or invent. My career has had some extraordinary highs as well as some equally extraordinary lows...But like Bob, I have a good sense of vision and perseverance and I just try to keep going with what I like to do and think might be a fun way to create and entertain.

4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? Well the obvious thing would be for people to walk away knowing who Bob Harrison was-- I never knew about him or his family, or his legacy for that matter, until I dove into this show! But mainly I want audiences to be entertained!

"Mr. Confidential's" Kevin Spirtas and Amy Bodnar, Collage includes photos by Jeremy Blair, Rob Sutton, and courtesy Michael Tobias.5. Since Mr. Confidential centers around the scandal/showbiz fizz magazine Confidential Magazine, what is the most unusual thing you've ever read about yourself and where did you read it? Somewhere, somehow, someone got the idea about me starting out as a stunt man and breaking into the biz that way. (NOT TRUE) But of course— since it’s out there, and in print, it must mean that it is true!!!! LOL!

6. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Gene Kelley, in Singing In The Rain and The Pirate...Who else is there?

7. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? Jim Carrey! I believe he is one our master talents on the planet. I’m serious!

Kevin Spirtas, Photo Credit: Denice Duff - http://duffimages.com8. What's the best advice you've ever received? I love the Maya Angelou quote: "When you know better— You do better!"

9. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? Usually (9 times out of 10)... whatever the character (I am playing) is going through or working through something in his life — I have that same aspect or lesson in my life to be learned or work through as well. As my character learns or heals = so do I...And on some level, perhaps the audience does too.

10. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Time travel would be awesome, yes! (Is that a super power?) If not... Perhaps leaping tall buildings in a single bound would be fun!

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite way to stay in shape? Chocolate Chip Cookies.

12. Boxers or Briefs? I like Briefs – but I think Bob Harrison was probably a boxer kind of guy! Maybe even commando?...which I am not against either :)

13. How do you want to be remembered? Just that I was able to accomplish my personal best while I was here...and while doing so I was able to touch other’s hearts as they have touched mine. Or maybe that I had the best abs in the world...That would be a much better thing to be remembered for, yes?

Kevin Spirtas, Photo Credit: Denice Duff - http://duffimages.comMore on Kevin:

B'way: The Boy From OzMeet Me In St. Louis, A Chorus Line. Regional: HairsprayCompanyDamn Yankees, and Into the Woods. Off B'way: Silence! The Musical, Loaded. TV/Film: NBC's Days of Our Lives (Dr. Craig Wesley), FriendsL.A. Heat,V.I.P.Fired UpSilk StalkingsQuantum LeapEmbrace the DarknessStriking Resemblance, and Green Plaid Shirt. Featured opposite Sir Ian McKellen in Apt Pupil, and Ben Affleck in the director's cut of Daredevil. Broadway producer credits: Finian's Rainbow (Revival 2009), Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (2012). World tours of his one-man musical shows: Night & Days,Jersey Men, and Let There Be Love.

Friday
Jul042014

Call Answered: Laura Pedersen: This Will All Be Yours, 2014 Midtown International Theatre Festival

Laura Pedersen"Call Me Adam" chats with playwright Laura Pedersen about her new play This Will All Be Yours, about the silent decline of America's farming community, which runs in the 2014 Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) from July 17-August 7 at the The Barrow Group Theatre (312 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor, between 8th & 9th Avenue). Click here for tickets!

For more on Laura be sure to visit http://laurapedersenbooks.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter!

1. What made you want to write This Will All Be Yours? It's a story that happened all around me while I was growing up in Western New York, locally and throughout the country. An entire way of life disappeared and the result was a great deal of displacement, uncertainty and unhappiness. Despite the size and scope of this shift, the disappearance of the family farm doesn't seem to have merited much artistic attention. I'm not sure that someone currently in their twenties would even know that it had happened.

2. What excites about having this show in the Midtown International Theatre Festival? The MITF is professionally operated. Therefore it's pleasant to attend since you don't have to step over actors changing in hallways or worry about the weather (we're indoors) or finding a restroom. It's a terrific workshop environment leading up to the performances in that we have the time and space to experiment with different ideas. And it's a fantastic showcase if you'd like to take your piece to the next level. I think it's also a wonderful way for all these talented actors, directors, and musicians to be seen by agents, producers, press, other writers, etc.

3. How do you feel MITF will foster this show in a way another festival would not? I can speak from experience as I've had previous shows in the MITF which went on to future incarnations. It also gave me a way to work out some spots I wasn't completely happy with before finalizing the scripts. Additionally, John Chatterton has so much experience in every aspect of the theater that he creates a terrific working environment for us while bringing in the public, press, scouts, and even potential investors. He fills an important niche in Manhattan because it's incredibly difficult and expensive to mount a show these days.

4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing This Will All Be Yours? As a storyteller my number one hope is for people to be entertained. I think the best stories are where you see a bit of yourself or someone you know in one or more of the characters. This show is about dealing with change and I think that's rather universal so I hope people will relate and consider how they've experienced major shifts in their lives. I'm interested in food and nutrition and maybe at some level people will consider where their meals come from, but many New Yorkers (and people in general) are already very knowledgeable in this area. They care about what they put in their bodies, how land is used, how animals are treated, and how workers are compensated.

Laura Pedersen with her parents5. Since This Will All Be Yours is about the vanishing of America's farming community, how have you been affected by this disappearance? I watched it happen in my own backyard. I remember eating delicious locally grown fruit when I was young and then moving to Manhattan at age 18 and buying fruit in the supermarket that I expected would be like what I ate growing up. It certainly looked beautiful (and was expensive) but there wasn't any flavor. Where had the flavor gone? Why would people rather eat fruit that had been picked green and shipped from South America if it was going to taste like wet socks. Someone also decided to take the seeds out of watermelon so it'd be easier to eat. And the flavor went out right along with the seeds. (Plus some of the best moments of my childhood were watermelon seed spitting contests).

6. What are you looking forward to about having this cast bring your show to life? This cast is made up of terrific actors but they are professional singers as well. I think the original songs performed for the first time by this cast are going to amaze people. Unlike a Broadway show where you usually have a lot of glitz and busyness, these songs will be more like intimate cabaret performances and that will be wonderful. In fact, I'm almost certain that at least one star is going to be born on July 17th.

7. Who or what inspired you to become a playwright? I've always loved stories. After I work out an idea I decide how it best presents -- as a newspaper column, magazine article, short story, novel, play, etc. I think I've written a little of everything except for acrostics and shadow puppetry. There was no question from the start that This Will All Be Yours was meant to be for the stage and have music, told in a simple way a la The Fantasticks.

8. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? As a writer I spend most of my time alone. But as far as directors and editors go I enjoy working with people who love what they do and are in general enthusiastic about the importance of the arts in all of our lives. Ludovica Villar-Hauser has directed several of my plays and I love her energy and creativity. She's able to provide that along with organization and diplomacy, which is a real trick in my experience.

9. What's the best advice you've ever received? The best advice I ever received was from a woman working the airline counter at JFK airport during the blackout of 2003. She said, "I've learned that the only thing I can control is my own behavior." However, I believe the philosopher William James may have been thinking of New York when he wrote, "Wisdom is learning what to overlook."

10. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? I've never performed with a group of actors on a stage. I've given sermons and lectures and done stand-up comedy. I've learned that it's harder than it looks and so I have the greatest admiration for all those who trust a piece of work enough to give themselves over to an audience. How lucky we are!

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Is declining chocolate a super power?  If not, it should be.  I'm just a girl who can't say no.

12. What do you want to be remembered most for? In the Prayer of St. Francis it says, "Where there is sadness let me sow joy."  I would love to go on my journey having made a few people laugh. I know I made my high school principal laugh because he said so when he suspended me for sneaking jokes into the school anthology.

Laura PedersenMore on Laura:

Laura Pedersen is an author, humorist, and playwright. She was also the youngest person at age 20 to have a seat on the American Stock Exchange, while earning a finance degree at New York University’s Stern School of Business. She wrote about that experience in her first book, Play Money, which received rave reviews and became a bestseller. At age 25, she was the youngest columnist for The New York Times.

Glamour magazine named Laura one of ten "Outstanding Young Working Women" in 1990. In 1994 President Clinton honored her as one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans. Laura has appeared on national television outlets such as CNN, Oprah, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Today, Primetime Live, and Late Night with David Letterman. She has also performed stand-up comedy at The Improv, among other clubs, and writes material for several well-known comedians. She has an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Canisius College.

Laura’s books have won many awards and honors, including the Three Oaks Prize for Fiction, a B&N "Discover New Voices" selection, and a Borders "Original Voices" selection. Her fiction includes Going Away Party, the Hallie Palmer series (Beginner’s LuckHeart’s DesireThe Big Shuffle; and Best Bet), the romantic comedies Last Call and Fool's Mate, and a collection of short stories called The Sweetest Hours.

Buffalo Gal, a humorous memoir about growing up in the economically devastated Rust Belt during the 1970s, was named best autobiography by ForeWord magazine, received an honorable mention from The Eric Hoffer Book Award, and an honorable mention at the New York Book Festival. Buffalo Unbound, humorous essays about the current revitalization of Laura’s hometown and the Western New York area, won the Indie Book Award in the Humor/Comedy category and was an International Book Award finalist in the categories of Travel Essay and Humor. Other nonfiction books include Trains, Planes, and Auto-Rickshaws and Life in New York: How I Learned to Love Squeegee Men, Token Suckers, Trash Twisters, and Subway Sharks.

Laura’s first children’s book, Unplugged: Ella Gets Her Family Back, was a Mom’s Choice Awards Gold recipient and won several other awards for its message about families and technology. Unplugged received a Skipping Stones magazine Honor Award for respecting multicultural and ecological awareness in children's literature, was selected by the United Methodist Women's Reading Program Committee for their children's book list, and won a bronze for best picture book for children of all ages in the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards.

Laura’s latest children's book, Ava's Adventure, is about the power of the imagination to entertain, and also features a multicultural family. Her children’s stories are developed around young people creating solutions for their problems without adult intervention.

Laura’s award-winning plays have been performed in festivals and Off-Broadway. Her full-length musical This Will All Be Yours (lyrics and music by Charles Bloom) premieres at the Midtown International Theatre Festival July 17-August 7, and her award-winning full-length play, The Brightness of Heaven, opens at New York’s Off-Broadway Cherry Lane Theatre in October of 2014.

Laura is also an ordained minister who occasionally gives sermons at Unitarian Universalist churches and fellowships around the country and in Canada. She belongs to the Authors Guild, the international literary association P.E.N. and is an honorary member of the Twentieth Century Club.

Thursday
Jul032014

Call Answered: Crystal Kellogg: Cloned! NYMF 2014/Kinky Boots 1st National Tour

Crystal Kellogg"Call Me Adam" chats with rising actress Crystal Kellogg about starring in the 2014 NYMF production of Jacey Powers, Dan Wolpow and Adam Spiegel's Cloned! from July 7-15 at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre in NYC (480 West 42nd Street). Click here for tickets!

We also discuss Crystal being cast in the first national tour of the Tony Award winning musical Kinky Boots! Click here for Kinky Boots tour tickets!

For more on Crystal be sure to vist http://www.crystalkellogg.com and follow her on Twitter!

1. From July 7-15 you will starring in the NYMF production of Jacey Powers, Dan Wolpow and Adam Spiegler's Cloned! What attracted you to this show? As soon as Tom Wojtunik (our director, who I had just worked with at APAC in Allegro) told me about the show, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. The script is hysterically funny and perfectly chaotic. Who wouldn't want to be involved!?

2. What do you identify most with about your character? How do I identify with playing a 90s icon?? If I had a nickel for every time I've been asked that.... :) Well, that's simple - like her, I do everything myself.

3. What do you like about being part of NYMF in a new musical? This is my NYMF debut! I love being in new musicals. There are no comparisons to consider. Everyone just gets to play and create from scratch.

4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing Cloned!? I hope their cheeks hurt from laughing too much.

Eric Mann (front) and Alex Goley (back) in "Cloned!", Photo Credit: Andrew Barry Fritz5. Since Cloned! is about, well, cloning yourself, what would you do with 2 versions of yourself? Good question! First thing that comes to mind-pranking my sisters. Oh! And scoping out Starbucks stores to find the shortest line.

6. The show also potentially incorporates teleporting. If you could have the power to teleport, where would you go? I would most definitely go back to when I was about 10 years old and put a stop to the haircut my mom decided to give me herself. That mullet still haunts me. 

7. You were just cast in the first national tour of Kinky Boots. What was it like when you found out the news? What are you looking forward to most about going on tour with this hit show? Yes! I was on a public bus at the time and I'm sure I looked like a crazy person from the huge smile on my face and the occasional "hee hee hee!"s that escaped my mouth. Then I called my family. I was very excited. There are so many things I'm looking forward to. I know a couple people in the show already so I'm sure that will be great. There are many people I haven't seen around the country for a long time and I'll get a chance to see them. I also just love the show. It is so much fun and has such a great message. I'm ready to strap the boots on and get KINKY!!

Crystal Kellogg in APAC's production of "Allegro," Photo Credit: Paul Fox8. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I think it's in the genes. My whole family sings. My parents were in theatre in high school and college. The same for my older sisters. I just followed in their footsteps.

9. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? High hopes! I would love more than anything to work with Meryl Streep. Her work is so grounded and inspiring. I would even settle for a chance to pick her brain.

10. What's the best advice you've ever received? Be yourself. It means so much more than just those two words.

11. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? I've learned to stop thinking so much and just feel. If it feels good, I'm doing something right. 

BONUS QUESTIONS:

12. Aside from teleporting, if you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Telekinesis. It would actually make cleaning fun.

13. What do you want to be remembered for? Perseverance and love for what I do.

Crystal KellogMore on Crystal:

Crystal is so happy to be making her NYMF debut! She was last seen in The King And I (Anna) at Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre. Other credits include: Because Of Winn Dixie (Sunny) a new musical by Duncan Sheik and Nell Benjamin - Arkansas Rep Theatre, Allegro (Jenny Brinker) also directed by Tom Wojtunik - APAC, The Sound Of Music (Maria) - Surflight Theatre and Westchester Broadway Theatre (u/s), The Full Monty (Pam) - Riverside Theatre, Grease (Sandy) and The Little Mermaid(Ariel u/s performed) - Tuacahn Center for the Arts, Nine (Luisa u/s) starring Robert Cuccioli - Westchester Broadway Theatre. TV/Commercials: Person of Interest on CBS, Athenos Feta Cheese National commercial nominated for TruTV's Funniest Commercial of the Year. Up next? The First National Tour of Broadway's Tony Award Winning Kinky Boots!!

Wednesday
Jun252014

Call Answered: Ryan McCartan: 2014 Jimmy Awards

Ryan McCartan"Call Me Adam" chats with Ryan McCartan, 2011 Jimmy Award winner for Best Actor about winning the coveted award, hosting the 2014 Jimmy Awards, starring in the Disney Channel's Liv and Maddie, USA's Royal Pains, and his recent run in the Off-Broadway hit musical Heathers. The 2014 Jimmy Awards, created in honor of legendary Broadway producer/theater owner Jimmy Nederlander, will be held Monday, June 30 at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre (200 West 45th Street) at 7:30pm. Click here for tickets!

For more on Ryan be sure to visit http://www.ryanmccartan.com and follow him on Twitter and Instagram!

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? My sister is also an actress, and she inspired me to follow in her footsteps!

2. Who do you hope to get to work with during your career? I think I'd literally die and go to heaven if I got to do a movie with Jon Hamm or Bryan Cranston.

Ryan McCartan, 2011 Jimmy Award Winner3. You are the 2011 winner of the Jimmy Award, which is in honor of legendary Broadway producer/theater owner James M. Nederlander. What was it like for you that night to win the award? Everything happens so fast the night of the Jimmy's. Finalists and winners are announced live and in real time, so all the news comes as a complete surprise. The whole night was a blurry concoction of adrenaline and surprise. Actually winning was so surreal, and shocking, it took a few days for me to actually process that it happened.

4. How do you feel winning this award has helped advance your career? People know about the Jimmy's, so having the fact that you were even a FINALIST not to mention a winner is a great thing to have on your resume. If nothing else, winning the award validated that I was good at what I do-- it was a huge confidence booster, which is really important for a young actor.

5. What skills did you pick-up in preparing for the Jimmy's that you might not of otherwise had? The Jimmy's are an amazing experience, but I'd be lying if I said they didn't work me harder than I had ever been worked before. I learned a lot about self-control, pacing myself, and compartmentalizing my skills to cater to the many different needs of my peers and directors.

6. What are you looking forward to most about hosting this year's award show? Just to be back on that stage again celebrating this cool organization. I just love how things come full circle. I can't wait to meet this year's finalists, knowing exactly what they're going through and thinking about since I was there just a few years ago.

7. What advice would you give to the nominees in preparation of the award show? Cliche, but I would tell them to relax and have fun. It's a high pressure situation, but the people who work with the finalists are PROS. I remember being so much more prepared than I thought I was, and therefore truly had nothing to worry about.

8. What guidance do you have for the winner of the 2014 Jimmy Award? Be gracious. Winning isn't a matter of being the best. It isn't a matter of "beating out" competition. It's not about the glory, the money, the award, or the interviews. It's about being an outstanding artist, a humble victor, and an inspiration to others.

Ryan McCartan on Disney Channel's "Liv and Maddie"Ryan McCartan in "Heathers: The Musical"9. Your current projects include a run in the Off-Broadway hit musical, Heathers, appearing regularly as "Diggy" in Liv & Maddie on the Disney Channel, and a recurring character on the USA Network's Royal Pains. What do you like best about working in both theatre and TV? They're both so different in so many regards, but the fact is, when I'm acting, I'm happy. When I get to dive into an imaginary mind and process imaginary circumstances, I feel such a rush. Whether it's the stage lights or a camera pointed at me, I just truly feel like I was put on this planet to do this. I haven't "gone to work" a day in my life. It's not work. It's play that pays. l'll take that every time.

10. What's the best advice you've ever received? It's okay if you have butterflies, as long as they're flying in formation.

11. What have you learned about yourself from your career and preparing for/winning the Jimmy Award? I've learned I'm an actor with an impatience problem. Which is like being a sprinter with a sprained ankle. It doesn't work. To have a successful career, one must be patient and diligent and wait for the right doors to open.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

12. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Invisibility: I love to play pranks.

13. Favorite way to stay in shape? I try to hit the gym every day!

14. Boxers or Briefs? Boxers.

15. What do you want your legacy to be? To be respected. Not famous. Respected.

Ryan McCartanMore on Ryan:

Ryan McCartan is a recent Minnetonka High School graduate from Excelsior, Minnesota and a Triple Threat Award-winning participant in Hennepin Theatre Trust’s SpotLight Musical Theatre Program, and was named Best Actor at the June 27, 2011, National High School Musical Theater Awards held at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway in New York City. McCartan was one of two students to receive a Jimmy Award, the top honor in the program. He performed Jason Robert Brown’s "Someone to Fall Back On" as his solo. McCartan received $10,000 scholarship award and consideration for other professional advancement opportunities. He also was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He is one of 20 high school students nationally to receive the award, and one of only two winners in theater. It is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an artistically talented graduating senior.