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Student Spotlight: Madi L.

Madi is an actress and singer who attends Huntington Beach’s acclaimed Academy for the Performing Arts (APA) in the musical theatre department and who’s growing her acting resume with the help of her new agent. She’s improved immensely in a very short period of time because of her intelligence, hard work, and willingness to try new things. Madi excels at an immense variety of vocal genres, from breathy indie, to soulful jazz-inspired pop, to various types of musical theatre. We can’t wait to see how far she comes in the next few years.

MM: What are some of your favorite hobbies/shows/books/sports?

ML: Aside from singing, I love to act. I have been acting ever since I was little and it’s always been one of my passions along with singing. I can remember all the plays I did when I was little and all the fun memories I made doing them. It’s always been my dream to be an actress when I grow up and it still is to this day. I recently signed with an agent and am working on growing my resume.  I also recently got accepted into the Musical Theatre Program at APA and enjoy taking classes there a few times a week.

MM: How did you get started with singing, and how long have you been singing?

ML: I have been singing ever since I can remember. Whether it is in musicals, in the car, around the house, I sing everywhere. My first performance ever was when I was three and sang “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” at my grandma’s retirement party. It’s always been exciting for me to perform and be in the spotlight. The reaction and praise after is just as exciting.

MM: What makes you keep up your practice, and what are your goals?

ML: If it weren’t for Molly and the practice, I wouldn’t have grown so much as I have in the past year. For me, practicing isn’t something that is boring or the same thing every time. Often, if you love doing something so much, you’ll practice it without even thinking twice. Whether it is at APA or just around the house I’m always practicing hard challenging songs and putting my own style into it. I’m a perfectionist, so if something is not how I want it to sound or if I’m trying to hit a hard note, I will go over it so much that my brother yells at me because I sing the same part over and over again. My goals are to be an artist and actress and become successful in this business. If I didn’t constantly practice, there would be no chance of that happening.

MM: What advice do you wish you had at the beginning? What advice would you give to other students just starting out?

ML: Some advice I would give to artists starting out is don’t limit yourself, and push yourself out of your comfort zone. One thing I had to realize is that I was limiting myself by saying “I can’t hit that note,” or “That’s too high.” Once I got past that my belt range increased immensely and my range overall also increased. Also don’t stick with the stuff you know. If you just stick with one style or a certain range all the time you’ll never experience other styles and ranges that you might enjoy better. Pushing yourself is the number one way to succeed in music.

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