We had the good fortune of connecting with Tara Macri and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tara, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
One of my favorite quotes is “what you seek is seeking you” by 13th century poet Rumi. What I like about this quote is it can be interpreted many ways for me it’s that there are many opportunities waiting to be met!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an actor, performing & recording artist. I don’t suppose that is unusual in this day and age but I have been fortunate to achieve success in each of the performing areas I love. I have been really lucky to have been able to be part of some amazing productions. Early on I was the recipient of the Mary Savage Award at the prestigious Stratford Festival playing Maria in Westside Story. From there I was fortunate to land roles on Broadway (Hairspray, Jersey Boys and The First Wives Club), also starring in Hairspray at the Hollywood Bowl opposite Nick Jonas and John Stamos and being the voice of YoungTigress in the Kung Fu Panda prequel, “Secrets of the Scroll,”(Feat. Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Seth Rogan, and Lucy Liu). Musically, I was very happy to have a single “Prettiest Girl in the Room” which break Billboard’s Top 80 and received extensive air time on Terrestrial and Sirius XM radio.
All of the above sounds easy but its the behind the scenes work that is the most difficult (but I still love it!). I try to create, practice and rehearse every day (even when I don’t feel like it! – I’m not always successful). The lesson here is you never know when the next big opportunity, performance, or audition is coming so you have to be ready for it. It’s a bit like a professional athlete but you can’t take off the off season 🙂
In terms of my brand, I’m drawn to the words Feisty, Approachable and Playful. I want to entertain and inspire people to achieve their dreams when listen to my music or experience my performances.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I beak down LA into two categories: 1) the usual stops that are popular (and for good reason) as they are unique and beautiful and 2) likely only special to me or a few others. They day starts early (I love to get up early) with an early morning Starbucks run and and real run (or HIT workout or yoga) . Next we might stop The Grove (its such a friendly place) for some shopping and people watching. In the afternoon, we are hiking Runyon Cannon (or the Griffith Observatory if we are ambitious). Dinner is a stalemate between Terronis or El Coyote (they are close to each other – although the chocolate sunday at Koi has been on my mind lately) followed by an afternoon and sunset in Santa Monica.
Less known stops as a surprise in the itinerary are a detour to a farmer’s market to get some fresh California produce and possibly Zuma Beach where you might catch a glimpse at a few dolphins making their way down the shore.
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?
There are so many people I could thank for their mentorship, love and encouragement. My parents for supporting me from the very beginning, driving me to lessons, coming to all of my shows. I was really lucky to have them recognize that that this is what I wanted to do at a young age. Amy Sky for all of her mentorship. Ronnie Hawkins. Bernadette Quigley amazing coach and friend. Chris Lord-Alge for his support and musical talents.
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