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Meet Amber Shea Hodge

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amber Shea Hodge.

Amber Shea, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’m a musical theater performer. Ever since I was very little I’ve enjoyed singing. I’ve been told that I would sing around the house all the time and make up my own songs. As a child, I would use our living room coffee table as a stage and perform my dances and songs for my parents. I don’t like to admit it, but not much is changed. When I was nine, I started taking voice lessons and performing at a local community theater. My love for the stage grew more and moreover the years. I started putting a lot of thought into my characters and my choices in my acting. I wanted to be challenged with advanced acting and I wanted to grow more as a performer. I started taking more classes such as acting, dance, aerial silks, comedy improv, and Shakespeare. I was able to graduate a year early and start working on building my professional resume so that I would be able to work professionally in theater and film as soon as I could. Now I work a part-time job and perform in musicals and plays around the LA area. In the past year, I’ve grown really interested in photography and film. I have worked as a headshot photographer for a few people and I found it extremely enjoyable.

Has it been a smooth road?
Training to be an actor is not easy. All the classes add up to be quite expensive. When I turned 16, parents were no longer able to pay for my classes, so I had to pay for all to myself. Let me just say, working in theater, school, and having a part-time job has never been easy, but it is definitely worth it.

I think that in order for anyone to succeed, you have to be extremely resilient and hard-working. In the acting industry, you will be knocked down 100 times to get up once. You’re competing against thousands of people who want the exact same thing to make a living out of performing. I’ve always been taught that no matter what you do, you’re not going to get there unless you work hard. It won’t be easy, but if you don’t give up, the outcome is extremely rewarding.

As an actor, there’s a lot of pressure on you to be perfect. But I really enjoy the process of learning about my character. Diving deep into the gritty dark places in your character is essential to give a well-rounded performance. It’s not an easy job, the performing arts, but you get tell somebody else’s story and you have the opportunity to touch whoever is watching you.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am an actress in musical theater, so my business would be me. As I become more acquainted with the performing arts, I found that I enjoyed photography and videography as well. I really like being behind the camera and getting to capture moments in time. It’s really interesting being the one who gets to decide what other people are going to see. I enjoy the aspect of taking someone’s perspective and showing it to the world.

I am currently in a virtual production of a Midsummer Nights Dream through the Elite Theatre. It has been fun to explore a different medium of entertainment and be challenged in many different ways. The process has been really fun and enjoyable. I also enjoy posting videos on my YouTube channel as a way to document my journey.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I hope in the future of Broadway and the film industry, we open up the conversation about mental health and break down the walls that surround us when it comes to such a taboo subject. I hope the acting industry expands more and more into telling peoples stories. I hope we get to tell a lot of unheard stories in the years to come.

I would love to thank my amazing voice teacher, Joyce McWilliams. She is the reason I’m here today. She encouraged me to start musical theater and she is an inspiration to me. I would also love to thank my first acting teacher Gai Jones, who encourage me to continue in theater and acting. And one last thank you to my amazing family who supports me in whatever I do.

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Image Credit:
Autumn Hodge and Kevin King

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