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The Voice of Southwest Louisiana News Magazine June 2017

The Voice of Southwest Louisiana News Magazine June 2017

Q&Awith Jeffery Johns

Q&Awith Jeffery Johns Happy Father's Day Just Go For It! By Jessica Hunt Jeffery Johns is a 27 year old father who had never been in a play but loved to sing and perform. Now, he is acting, singing and dancing on the stage in a professional showing of the musical Rock of Ages with KC Productions. For his first ever theater production he was acting alongside individuals who have been performing for years. Watching Jeffery perform, it’s hard to believe this is his very first play. I spoke with Jeffery and asked about his tips for auditioning and what he has learned over the past several months as an actor. QHow did you hear about Rock Of Ages? AI always wanted to try to get into acting somehow, I just wasn’t sure how to. My friend Tara sent me a link on Facebook about the Rock of Ages auditions and she said, “ You should try and do this.” She always knew I wanted to do something like this. What’s a crazy coincidence is two days before I even got that link I watched the movie Rock of Ages. I thought it was a crazy coincidence and I said “Well, Maybe it’s a sign of some sort? So I'm going to go ahead and do this and I’m glad I did. I didn’t expect to get cast in it but I did and it’s been a blast. QHow did this come at the perfect time for you? AI kept thinking more and more you know, I feel like I’m wasting my talents. I do so many things with my voices whether it’s singing, accents, or just simple voices from characters from movies. I thought, I want to do them for more than just myself and my friends. I want to do them for a bigger audience. When this came up, I thought this was perfect. I wish I would have done this sooner but it came at the perfect time. QWould you say Rock of Ages has given you the confidence to pursue other types of performance like singing at an open mic night or something like that? AI think so. I have a lot more confidence now performing in front of people. QHow did you develop your character? AI pictured this guy in the 80’s who is just a tough rocker who isn’t going to let no one tell him what to do. Just an awesome Rebel Rocker. I pictured him being a serious guy who is hard core don’t tell me what to do. I thought this was perfect for the 80’s QWhen did you begin rehearsals? AIt was the very end of March. It was about 6 or 7 weeks of nonstop 24 June 2017 WWW.THEVOICEOFSOUTHWESTLA.COM Volume 4 • Number 9

Some of the cast backstage before a performance of KC Productions: Rock of Ages. rehearsing everyday (excluding weekends) for a few hours, for a couple months. It was hard work but it was so worth it, especially with the dance moves. I think that’s what everyone struggled with. But we finally got it in the final week and we nailed it. QWhat have you learned about theater from this experience? AI’ve learned a lot of techniques about singing that I never knew before which definitely helped out. I learned different types of warm ups that prevent your voice from cracking. Exercising your voice properly before you start. You learn so much backstage about costumes and makeup and how it’s all done, that’s a lot of fun. QWere you nervous to audition? AAbsolutely. I almost talked myself out of not coming because I have been known to do that with big opportunities in life whether it be a new job or moving. But this opportunity, something inside me was just forcing me to do it and I’m glad I listened to it. A lot of people always told me to go for these things, don’t ignore them. And I didn’t. I just went for it and I’m very happy I did. QWhat advice can you give to someone who is really afraid to audition but has always had that dream to be on the stage? What would you tell them? AJust go for it. Go for that audition. Show up and try your hardest. You’re going to be nervous at first. You’re going to maybe even want to talk yourself out of it. You know you’re going to be worried that they are going to judge you or make fun of you because you may think that you don’t have a good singing voice. Don’t think that at all because they are not going to judge you at all. Nobody has for me. That’s a promise. Don’t be afraid, just go for it. Have someone go with you who can support you. Once you go to your audition, you’re going to be so proud of yourself. It’s going to stick with you and you’re going to want to go to more. Everyone has their first time. It’s just that one time and After that, you’re going to be so much more comfortable and you’re going to feel so much more comfortable afterwards and you’re going to look forward to more and more projects and plays. QHow did you prepare for your audition? AI was told that you had to pick an 80’s rock song. I picked one from the actual show, I used “Waiting for a Girl Like You.” I picked one that I knew very well and always enjoyed singing. I knew the words and I knew I wouldn’t mess up. And they liked it. QDo you plan on performing in more shows? AAbsolutely. They have auditions for the next show (KC Productions Sweeney Todd) in August and I will definitely be there auditioning for it. I’ve even begun to work on a song that I want to audition with. I’m really excited about it and also nervous because I would really love to be in that show too. I want to keep this up. I don’t want to stop performing. Now that I’m doing this I want to keep it going. Volume 4 • Number 9 WWW.THEVOICEOFSOUTHWESTLA.COM June 2017 25

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