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Student Spotlight

Tatum B.

7-year-old Tatum has been making TV appearances since she was 3-weeks old. She’s performed for Disney and in a wide variety of other gigs. Tatum is also a competitive dancer who just won the Performance Artist Award in her dance competition. Tatum’s been singing publicly since the age of 3 and began voice lessons at the age of 4. Not only is she talented, but she’s exceptionally bright and thoughtful and has an amazing ear for commercial music stylization for such a young girl. We can’t wait to see where her performance career takes her. Make sure to follow her on Instagram at @tatumbradyofficial.

Q & A with Tatum

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

TB: I started singing for fun at my grandparents’ assisted living when I was 3 to entertain the residents. At 4 I wanted to give my dad a very special birthday present and learn a song to sing in front of an audience. That’s when I started with Molly!

MM: How have you been sharing your songs with others? What’s your favorite performance so far and why?

TB: When I was really little I sang in front of my grandparents and their friends mostly.  Now I sing at Molly’s recitals and special opportunities that come my way.  My favorite performance so far was singing at Pretend City this past year.  It was fun to sing for kids my own age and younger in a relaxed environment!

MM: Who are a few bands/artists that have inspired you, and why?

TB: I love Carrie Underwood for her power, Colbie Caillat for her style, Taylor Swift for her relatability , Ariana Grande for her range & Beyoncé for her overall dance & performance ability.  She is full out all the time!  Imagine Dragons would have to be my favorite band because I think they are really good and my brother and I know all the words to most of their songs!

MM: What are some of your favorite songs, and why?

TB: Some of my favorite songs are Colbie Caillat “Brighter than the Sun,” Friends “Marshmello & Anne-Marie,” “Cry Pretty” by Carrie Underwood, “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera.

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

TB: I keep up my practice because I am a dancer & want to be able to sing and dance.  I want to be like Beyoncé one day and put on amazing shows!  Sometimes at auditions they ask you to sing so I want to be able to bust out a song and do it well.

MM: What advice would you give to other students just starting out?

TB: My advice would be to pick songs to sing that you love so you feel comfortable with them. Sometimes it is really scary to get in front of an audience to sing so just remember to keep going if you forget your words and trust the music!

MM: Can you share about a technique, skill, or song you struggled with, and how you are overcoming or have overcome it?

TB: I struggle with confidence hitting the high notes.  I can hit them with my range but I get nervous that the day of I won’t so I tend to pick songs that are more comfortable and don’t push me too much.  This year I am going to push myself a bit more and pick the songs that I know I can belt!  

MM: What’s something most people don’t know about you?

TB: Most people don’t know that I love to cook and bake with my DAD! We really enjoy being in the kitchen together!

MM: What are some of your favorite hobbies outside of music? Favorite school subjects, books, movies, shows, sports?

TB: My favorite hobby & sport is definitely DANCE!  I want to be an entertainer when I grow up.  I also love soccer, volleyball & tennis.  My favorite school subjects are Music, Science & Art!  My favorite movie is The Greatest Showman!

MM: It looks like you have a pretty impressive resume outside of singing (dance competitions, acting, etc.) Do you have a favorite gig you’ve done?

TB: Yes I am a competitive dancer & did my first solo this year.  My favorite dance award I won this year was Performance Artist Winner because the judges picked their favorite overall performer/artist & they picked me.  It validated what I want to do!  My favorite gig would have to be working for Disney doing Disney commercials.  I have a commercial still airing on Disney Jr.  They are a great company & I had so much fun shooting commercials for them.  I was able to dance and act in the commercials & they had the best food on set… it was a blast!

MM: How did you get into acting? What are the auditions like? The shoots?

TB: My brother had an agent so weeks after I was born my brother’s agent asked my mom for my picture & I booked my first TV show at 3 weeks old!  When I was six I was watching TV & told my mom “I want to do that” so my mom started to let me go on auditions just over a year ago.  The drive to the auditions can be painful as they are all in LA but it is fun to meet new people and get to experience so many different things!  You can’t be shy…you have to walk into a room of strangers and deliver what they are asking of you so you have to want to do it or the casting directors and producers will sense you don’t really want to be there.  The shoots are long but usually a lot of fun.  They typically have lots of food and snacks and most of my jobs have been with other kids so it is fun to meet new friends.  I met a lot of new friends on my Burger King Commercial shoot!  My favorite is when I get to shoot for Cutie Stix, Pom Pom Wow & Orbeez!  They are like family to me!  I love the toys & getting to play with them and I love the people on set.  They are like HOME to me.  They get me my favorite things to eat, are so nice and I get paid!  So fun!  Check out the HOW TO WOW SHOW on youtube and you can see my videos!

MM: How does singing compare to dancing for you? Does one feel easier or more natural than the other, or is it about equal?

TB: Dancing is way easier for me.  For some reason dancing by myself in a solo is a lot easier than singing by myself.  I think I am more self-conscious about singing.  I feel like if I forget the words or hit a wrong note it is so obvious where when you are moving it seems easier to cover up.  As I continue to train in singing though I am becoming more comfortable doing it in front of people.  It just takes practice so every opportunity I get to sing in front of others I try to take to gain experience!

MM: Anything else fun that you’d like to add?

TB: I have an instagram @tatumbradyofficial that you can ask to follow to watch my singing, dancing and acting journey~  I like being supportive to other kids & artists as I love surrounding myself with supportive, talented, positive people!

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