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In dark times like these one of the bright lights to support are the arts. I wouldn’t be where I am without Stella Adler Academy of Acting. If you’re in Los Angeles or New York, please consider checking them out and lending a hand! stellaadler.la/legacyfund

I say this with all of the love in my heart,

Please take care of yourself during season.
Obviously take care of yourself outside of season too but please
Remember to bring water to practice and to stay hydrated outside of practices
Remember to eat *at least* two good sized meals a day and a snack before practice if its late (mine are 6:45pm-9:10pm)
If you injure yourself dont put off seeing a medical professional if it needs attention
And remember that your mental health is just as important as your physical health.
Your team may need you, but you come first.
Please listen to yourself and your body, your health is whats important.

It was after I booked the role, and I was driving in LA, and it was maybe May. I think it was just after we got picked up. I was listening to KCRW, and I heard this voice. I heard this song, and the poem is called “To Artina”. I didn’t know it was a poem yet. I just heard this song. I heard this man’s voice and it sounded almost feminine. I pulled over, and I started recording it, and I was so moved and so inspired. And a friend of mine at that time - I played it for them - he said, “This is a poem. I know this poem. I studied it in college. And I was like, "What?!” What are the odds you would even remember that?

So he ended up finding the song for me. I do believe it’s Darryl Taylor who’s an opera singer, and the title of the song is “To Artina”. And it is so dark, and it is really intense. I think one of the lines is, “I will take your heart for my own. And that song, till this day, if I ever feel like I’m a little out of touch or not quite there. Or "it’s been a while. I’m a little rusty, and I gotta play the Queen in a bit”. I’ll listen to that song, and it just puts me right back in.

—  Lana Parrilla on her music playlist for the Evil Queen

I really wanna give a big hand to all the trans performers around the world, especially the young, inexperienced, up and coming, and sometimes closeted trans performers out there.

The trans actors who get miscast and try their best to be comfortable with roles that make them dysphoric

The trans singers who have incredible voices but they just aren’t in the right range to make them feel proud

The trans dancers who feel disrespected by the roles given in their choreography (especially partner dancing or sexualized choreography)

Just the trans performers who, whether out or not, really do have to adhere to strict gender roles to be respected when they perform to make sure they get the parts they deserve. Those who feel like there is no real place for them in the art world, and who still have to face the same struggle cis performers and artists do on top of that.

You are all incredibly talented and the hands you get dealt by those who don’t respect you do not at all reflect your abilities or talents. You will get to where you want to be soon and you will flourish and prosper as the best you possible. You are astonishing and deserve the world.

To Men in Performing Arts:

Performing arts are challenging both physically and mentally and it takes a certain level of passion to pursue them, especially at their higher levels.

Playing a part?

Hitting high notes?

Moving in ways that shouldn’t be humanly possible?

That’s pretty manly if I do say so myself.

Whoever says that performing artists are weak needs to stop because they are wrong.

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Last year I got the lead in my school’s play and everyone was like you’re black you can’t play that role. And I did it and I effing slayed my role as Belle from beauty and the beast.