This week we get to be in the room where it happens. Leslie Odom Jr. helped launch the Broadway production of “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s record-breaking musical sensation, winning last year’s Tony Award for Leading Actor in the process. A triple threat with roots that can be traced back to an open call for “Rent” listed in Backstage, Leslie is now a bona fide movie star, appearing in the buzzy big-screen adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” from Kenneth Branagh.
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"YOU HAVE TO TRY BEFORE YOU CAN QUIT."
When Leslie started, his only dream was to be in Rent. When he made it, he was left to find a new dream. He struggled for a long time not finding any work.
One day his eyes were opened by a mentor as to what he was doing wrong. He wasn’t respecting his industry.
He had to show the universe what he wanted. He started taking beginner acting classes, and really researching every brand, role, producer, writer, etc before going out for an audition.
The moment he made this mind shift, the universe responded and he was booked non stop for six years.
You really need to learn from his wisdom on this one.
So, learn how to combat your fear of failure, mentally prepare for huge opportunity, and how to be an advocate for yourself, on Episode 677.
Some Questions I Ask:
There was a time you thought you’d end your acting career, is that right? (8:22)
What do you think is the biggest lesson you learned from your mentors? (10:59)
Were you proactively calling people at the time? (20:43)
What did you see when you watched your audition playback? (28:32)
How do you show up with the same passion and drive when you have so much to lose? (30:06)
What did you say to yourself right before the mic turned on? (34:23)
What was your dream growing up? (40:02)
What happens if we dream too small? (42:33)
How long did you think before you made your decision not to take the money? (48:04)
How did you keep your belief? (53:43)
In This Episode You Will Learn:
The importance of mentors (9:39)
What made Leslie take action (17:06)
Why you need to respect your industry (24:26)
How he lost his fire in his twenties (29:46)
What Leslie says to himself before a big performance like the Super Bowl (31:34)
How you can be a stronger advocate for yourself (36:53)
How Leslies deals with finding a new dream (41:38)
Leslie’s struggle between Hamilton and a big TV deal (44:54)
Why it’s good to be the worst in your class (52:34)
The song Leslie most loves to sing (54:43)