Two-time Tony Award-winning actress Sutton Foster is inspiration in many more ways than one. Not only is her very successful Broadway career a reason for her to be held with such high regard in my mind, but her personal attitude towards life is a jewel in her crown as well. In fact, her Broadway career is so successful that she has been at least Tony-nominated for every single leading role she has ever originated on Broadway, a feat that not many with as big of a career as she can boast about (she won her Tonys for Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2002 and Anything Goes in 2011). Not only is her award-winning history impressive though, but her ability to choose roles that stretch her at the same time as reflecting her so well is admirable. For example, Princess Fiona from Shrek The Musical different massively to Violet from Violet, but her performances in both were stellar and both were deeply intertwined into her personality (and both were Tony-nominated). She’s also very active when it comes to her hobbies outside of the world of her career – which includes artwork and travelling – and its wonderful to see someone successfully make time for enjoying everything they do, despite their very busy schedule.
If you’re talking about award-winning actresses though, then Audra McDonald really is your woman. Of course, her Tony Award-winning history comes to mind when you think of the name: she is the only actor in history to have taken home as many as six competitive Tonys for acting and is also the only actor in history to be able to say that she has won a Tony in every acting category she could possibly win in. I also find this incredibly inspiring because she is a woman of colour; the show business is still ignorant when it comes to both women and actors of colour (look at the Oscar’s this year for God’s sake!), so it inspires me to see someone who had these “odds against her” and still manage to be so incredibly successful – it’s moving. This of course isn’t the only reason why she is so inspiring: I think her dedication to her craft is something that is incredibly telling of her character as well. She’s doing a new Broadway musical next Spring and is then taking a three month leave of absence – to perform her one-woman show Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill in London. Amazing dedication.
Last but not least is a woman we all know I have admired for a very, very long time as well: Ms Lea Michele. After she made her star turn on Glee back in 2009 when I first identified with this woman and the character she played on the show, I’ve fallen in love with everything she manages to do. In my eyes, she is a woman with such grace and perfection in what she does; she really likes everything she does to be wonderful and just right. She is also another woman with incredible talent that manages to hone it into doing whatever she wants to do, be it release an album, be on Broadway or write a book – it’s nice to see someone with many talents be able to juggle them and not look indecisive about it. No matter what way I look at it, Lea Michele will always be an incredible role model and inspiration for anyone – not just myself – and it’s great to see her continue to grow as an actress now that Glee has ended its run.
Who inspires you? Tweet me @shaunycat to let me know!
As you can see, ‘Shaunyland’ is no more. I mentioned a while ago that that name stemmed from the YouTube channel I had around four years ago called ‘ShaunyInWonderland’, but I was 12 at the time and that was a name that suited then. I adopted Shaunyland as the name for my blogging environment a year later and it had stuck since. I’m almost 17 now and with my writing spanning wider across the internet with SMM growing on the daily and my work being published on LondonTheatreDirect‘s website very regularly, I thought it was time to smarten up. Now; this blog is simply called ‘Shaun Nolan’ and I couldn’t be happier about it. It sounds silly but I didn’t even realise that my own name was the tool I was looking for – a name that didn’t in any way shout what ‘kind’ of blogger I am; I’m not a beauty blogger or a fashion blogger or an essay writer. On this website, I’m just Shaun, plain and simple.
I hope you can all appreciate the immense amount of work that I’ve put into relaunching my two blogs over the past few days. I started with two very basic blogger theme kits and I’ve genuinely spent the better part of 24 hours HTML coding it to death to get exactly what I want and I love it. If you remember my blogs from before, you’ll agree that they weren’t ugly, but nor were they anything special. Now I have a wonderful new ‘carousel’ at the top of this blog’s homepage, as a way of easily selecting the best of what I’ve blogged about recently, as well as ‘Continue Reading’ options on every blog post on the homepage as a way of tidying up the overall look. If you look to the top of the page, you can see the tabs are now situated up there as a way of making navigation around the blog even easier; and the search bar in the top right hand corner works so smoothly that I can’t believe I never thought of adding one before. As well as that, you can see that the tags are once again back in use and you can access a full list of them at any time on the sidebar on the homepage – you’ll also see that you can pin any images you see to Pinterest by simply hovering over an image and pressing ‘Pin It!’, and sharing buttons are littered everywhere if you wish to share posts with friends.
As for Shaun’s Musical Musings, you’ll be able to see a very similar tabs bar at the top, which will also make navigation around that site much more simple, too. There are also tags now in use on that site as well, so feel free to click on them to discover more, in addition to using the sharing icons that are also over on there. As well as this, I’ve reinvented @smusicalmusings on Twitter with the hope of using that much more in 2016 as a way of sharing my love for theatre on a much more regular basis, so fell free to follow me over on there, too. Of course, my YouTube name has also changed from ‘Shaunyland’ to ‘Shaun Nolan’ with a few switcheroos of headers and stuff here there and everywhere to keep in with the theme. And for those who use Bloglovin’: if you already followed ‘Shaunyland’, you’ll automatically by following ‘Shaun Nolan’ instead. As well as all of this, the ‘blogspot’ will be being dropped from both of my blog URLs in about a fortnight’s time so keep an eye out on Twitter for when that occurs.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m so excited for 2016 and my third year of blogging. I finally feel like I’m getting into the proper swing of things once and for all, and I look forward to everything it has in store.