"Having the opportunity to tell stories and move people through words and music is such a gift."
Jocelyn Gauthier is an Indiana made Actress and Singer, most known for her performances as Elle in Legally Blonde and Maia in The Little Prince (World Premiere). Check out her answers in this insightful interview!
Why acting—what called you to this profession?
As cliché as it sounds, I didn't choose acting—it chose me. Having the opportunity to tell stories and move people through words and music is such a gift. I can't imagine myself being happy doing anything else.
What are you currently working on or towards?
Getting to Broadway, expanding my social network, bettering myself and furthering my creative knowledge, and stretching myself in as many directions as possible.
Currently, I'm in a production of Footloose at the Chemainus Theatre Festival, choreographed by former New York Rockette, Julie Tomaino. I'm also working on new recordings that will hit my website later this summer. After that, I look forward to what the future has in store!
Artists are always working—that's the joy of our profession and our craft. We are never finished and are never perfect. We are constantly and tirelessly growing and striving for more.
What are you most known for?
My musical and artistic versatility, my empathy, my wild sense of humor, and my "rafter" belting. :)
What do you want to be known for?
I want to be known as multi-faceted actress and performer, who isn't confined to one area of expertise. And I want people to know me as a strong, creative, woman who makes her mark, and is willing and able to tackle anything thrown at her.
Who’ve been some of the mentors/teachers instrumental to your success?
Harvey Cocks, my Youth Theatre director, and a man who grew up in New York in the 50's. He taught me that an actor must never be afraid to make a fool of himself. (And I hold him personally responsible for the inspiration I've had since childhood to move to New York and be on Broadway!)
Al Franklin, a director who took a chance on me, and cast me at the age of nine as Mary Lennox in a regional production of The Secret Garden. Everyone else said I was too young to carry such a big role, but he believed I was the right choice. He was right. :)
Ed Kocerzgo, my high school drama teacher, who was a total badass, and not only pushed me to pursue performing arts as a career, but also taught me to stand up for myself and make bold choices.
Stephen Malloy, a college professor, who sat me down at a time when I didn't believe that being an artist was enough, and thought that performing wasn't a viable career option. He said, "What are you doing? You're good, you can do this, and if you create a back-up plan for yourself, you're inevitably going to fall back on it. Trust that you will have a career."
Nadine Wright, my acting coach, for always giving me an honest, truthful opinion, and for constantly reminding me that I am enough.
My family, friends, professors, and coaches, who have always believed in me, and continued to tirelessly support, encourage, and guide me through my professional career.
My husband, who would move mountains to help me pursue and achieve my dreams, and for always telling me that I'm beautiful.
If you could offer advice to your younger self or young aspiring artists, what would it be?
Decide what you want and go after it. Trust your instincts. Remember to breathe. Be BRAVE. Know that you can, and will, find your way along the right path. Work hard, be respectful, and never stop learning, creating, training, and mostly importantly, loving.
What do you love about the digital age we live in?
Access to information, and the ease with which we can both stay in touch with people, and forge new connections.
What do you hate about the digital age we live in?
I grew up on the precipice of the social media craze, and still remember the days when AOL Instant Messenger was a big deal. As such, social media never really became a habit for me, so I often find it a chore. So some days, even though I know it's a necessary part of our world, and in particular the profession I've chosen, I want nothing more than to live in the moment, hibernate, and not feel the need to update my status or post my cool photo to Instagram. I'll tell you all about it when you come to my house for dinner and wine!
Why did you choose to "get creative" with us?
As a performing artist, especially in today's world where people are so easily accessible, and casting decisions are often made through videos and the internet, it is imperative to have a place to market yourself. I knew I wanted a website, and I researched for a long time before stumbling upon Get Creative. I had no doubt that I wanted to work with a team that understood me as an artist, got to know me as a human being, and would help me create a unique place to showcase myself. Get Creative did just that!
How would you describe the process/experience?
Easy may sound too trite—but it's true! Tony and the team at Get Creative are nothing short of fantastic. They are professional, patient, prompt, meticulous, kind, and most importantly, incredibly creative and fun to work with!
What responses or results have you receive?
Since the launch, I've had nothing but positive feedback. Everyone who's visited my site has said that it's clean, beautiful, and bold. I've already been generating loads of traffic, and am seeing bumps on all of my social media platforms!
Okay… rapid fire:
- Favorite Social Network: Instagram
- Favorite Role You've Played: Elle Wood in Legally Blonde: The Musical
- Favorite Role You'd Like to Play: I have quite a few, and (this may be my downfall), but I don't think there's anything I can't do. However, off the top of my head, I'd say Glinda in Wicked or Cathy in The Last Five Year
- Favorite Place in NYC: The path and pier along the Hudson River. It reminds me of Vancouver.
- Favorite Person in the World: My husband
Is there any last bit of advice you’d like to shar?
Being an artist is a journey - never stop chasing the sun.
Dream big, love until it hurts, laugh until you pee your pants, and always be a little bit ridiculous.
Love it, Jocelyn! Thank you for this interview and project. Looking forward to seeing you on Broadway!
Learn more at JocelynGauthierOfficial.com.
Tony Howell is a digital strategist dedicated to helping you design your future—creating offline success from your online presence.