Living Magazine doTERRA Winter 2018 - Page 6

dōTERRA P E R F O R M A N C E A D V O C AT E focus to giving, I’ve taken the focus off myself and put it solely on my audience, where it belongs. And that removes any need to be nervous, because it isn’t about me anymore. Shoshana WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING A PERFORMER AND ARTIST? Getting used to the inconsistency. It is obviously not always a stable profession—there isn’t always a check coming in once a week or even twice a month sometimes. It’s hard to stay inspired and motivated when you’ve had the wind knocked out of you. It’s hard to keep believing in yourself when it seems no one else does. It’s hard to trust yourself, your instincts, and your vision for your art when so many people have their own ideas of what you should be doing and how you should be doing it. HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR A BIG SHOW? DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL ROUTINE? I try to keep big show days really simple, but it never works out that way. There is always so much to do, that I rarely get to focus on my performance alone. But generally I try to get myself up early to get my blood moving—usually with yoga. I have an extensive vocal warm up, I meditate, and I focus on my intentions. I spend time on the set, taking pictures, messing around, and listening to music (to remind myself that it’s not brain surgery, we’re here to have fun after all!). I pray with my band and team so that we can be on one energetic accord, and I try to have at least five minutes alone right before I go on to get my mind focused and my heart open. And then we’re off! WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION TO WRITE SONGS? Oh that’s easy! My life and my own failed romances! FROM THE BROADWAY STAGE TO TOPPING THE CHARTS AS A SOLO ARTIST (AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN), do-TERRA PERFORMANCE ADVOCATE SHOSHANA BEAN HAS DEDICATED HER LIFE TO HER PASSION FOR PERFORMING. As a child, Shoshana dreamt of being on Broadway, and eventually turned that dream into a reality when she performed in shows like Wicked, Hairspray, Funny Girl, and more. Since her time on Broadway, Shoshana has released several solo albums, sold out concerts worldwide, been featured in movies and on TV, and performed alongside several legendary talents. Shoshana appeared as a special guest during the dōTERRA 2017 Global Convention where she performed for thousands of dōTERRA Wellness Advocates. HOW DID YOU FIRST GET INVOLVED IN SINGING AND DANCING? My mom is a teacher at a performing arts high school, and being a dancer herself, she placed me in a tap class at age three, then jazz and ballet. There was always music playing in my household, and in my grandmother’s house where I spent a lot of time—all styles, all genres. I’m grateful for that. When I remember growing up, I remember music most of all. At age six, I auditioned for a youth theater group and the rest is history. That was it, I never stopped. 6 / WINTER 2018 LIVING MAGAZINE WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE SHOW/ROLE YOU EVER PERFORMED? I suppose it was my experience playing Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. It had been a dream of mine since I was a kid, and when you’ve held a dream for that long and finally receive something you’ve spent so many hours praying for and working toward it’s pretty surreal and emotional. Fanny is also a role to which I feel organically and authentically connected. I relate to her and her experiences so deeply and personally, which made that role equal parts incredibly challenging and completely natural. DO YOU GET NERVOUS BEFORE GOING ON STAGE? HOW DO YOU HANDLE NERVES? It depends on who is there and what’s at stake, but yes, I still experience that rush of adrenaline and a little tinge of the fear of the unknown. I handle nerves by praying, meditating, doing some breathing and grounding exercises, and largely through general preparation. Being prepared removes the guesswork and any room for error. Because that’s usually what we’re afraid of, right? Messing up? I also try to focus my pre-performance attention on what I’m there to give and not what I’m there to get. Once I shift my WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO BE ON BROADWAY OR PURSUE A SOLO MUSIC CAREER? Lastly, I’d say, I know we aren’t curing cancer here, but what we do can be incredibly powerful. It has the power to heal hearts, bring great joy, and sometimes even change lives. With great power comes great responsibility, so respect that responsibility and treat your art with care and honor. Bring your whole heart to every gig, no matter the size. Stay grateful. Stay curious. The learning never stops. WHO HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION WHEN IT COMES TO SINGING AND PERFORMING? DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE ARTIST OR PERFORMER? My biggest inspiration? That’s hard. I’m a sponge—I have so many people running through my artistic DNA. 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