Artist: Mona Iskandar
Type of Artist: Performer
Q: What do you love about performing?
A: I love doing theatre because you get to tell a story and impact other people’s lives through song and dance, which are my favorite things to do. You also get to work together with other people to put this story together, making a sense of teamwork and family. I also love getting to dive deep into new characters and learning about what they deal with, in their lives. Their problems, their strengths, and it really has made me understand other people better.
Q: What type of role do you enjoy playing as and why?
A: I enjoy playing roles that are related to being a damsel in distress. They are underrated because most people think that they are boring. Personally, I think that they are fun and cool. A lot of times, at least in the princess movies I have watched, those types of characters learn something about themselves throughout the show and find their own personal strength. This really relates to me because it took me a while to find my personality, what I was good at, and what I enjoyed doing.
Q: Where do you hope to see yourself in the future as an actress?
A: Currently, I’m not sure what I want to do when I grow up. I think it would be amazing to major in musical theatre, live in New York, and act. Maybe even be on broadway, you never know. I just think theatre is amazing and I would love to keep doing it in the future. Even if I wouldn’t be able to do it as a profession, I would do it on the side.
Q: When did you realize that you enjoy performing?
A: In fourth grade, after taking my first theatre camp. It was called “Best of Broadway” at Children’s Theatre of Madison. That is where I met my current voice teacher and she is amazing. Getting to explore different types of musical theatre and getting to perform them in that class really just showed me that this is so much fun and I really want to improve and do this for the rest of my life. Since then, I have done five shows with CTM, their main stage program and performed with other amazing companies in Madison.
Q: Does performing make it difficult to succeed in school? If so, how?
A: Not necessarily. When I am in a show, like the ones I do at CTM, we have maybe fifteen to twenty performances and some of those performances are during the school day for field trips because they are at the Overture Center and schools come and see them. I do miss school and it does make me fall behind a little, but when I’m in a show and under the stress, it honestly helps me manage my time better in the little time I have. I try to get ahead so that I can show my teachers that they can keep letting me miss school for theatre.
Q: What hardships do you face as an actress?
A: In theatre, you learn to deal with rejection. It always hurts, but it is really important to develop a thick skin and to know that not everyone is going to love you. It really makes you a more conscious person, but also more confident with yourself. You also face the hardships of having so much competition. There are so many talented teenagers in Madison and all around the world. If you don’t get the role, it is alright because you should really just be happy with the chances you get and just see the positive sides of things.
By Emmie Digon