We had the good fortune of connecting with Chante Carmel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chante, how do you think about risk?
Choosing this career is all about risk. Every time I walk onto a stage, every audition, every ounce of me that I pour into this business that is unforgiving and relentless, I am taking a risk. This business does not love you back and it forces you to be strong everyday, throwing often times the worst humanity has to offer at you. But you do it, you get out everyday and do it because you love it. You risk everything for the love of art. My life and career is all risk, but without risk there is no reward. My work has rewarded me with so many opportunities. To travel to love and to live life to its fullest.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a Broadway actress. I’m most proud of being hired by The Berry Gordy and making my Broadway debut in his hit show Motown the Musical on Broadway. It was truly my dream come true. I dreamt about being on Broadway since I was a little girl and after over 35 years of my life I finally made it. Since that moment I have been blessed to hit the stage in many other Broadways shows, including Disneys The Lion King. It was never easy, today it’s not easy. The rejection never gets easier. But I learned that having multiple things that feed me actually keeps me balanced. I have recently written and published a book about my life on tour and in this business and all the things that I have learned along the way. It’s called Sh!t I Learned on Tour, An artists guide to Thriving and Surviving Tour Life. So far it is my greatest accomplishment to date. It is available on Amazon under my married name C.C. Blake.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend were visiting Los Angeles I would most likely take them to my neighbor hood. I grew up in Leimert park California. This area of Los Angeles is still one of my favorites, I would take them to Marina del Rey for the beach and good food. I would take them to Culver City for the night life. And I would drive them to Malibu to hike. One of my favorite pastimes.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My family gets the full credit for introducing me to this business, for supporting me through it, and for keeping me out the many dark places this business can often take you. Iris Stevenson my long time teacher, mentor and friend trained my voice and performance skills from a very young age. She gave me my first opportunity to stand front and center and sing my heart out. I never looked back.
Photos By: Mike Quain