Choosing an Unlikely Niche

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Talk Show Insights
Lawrence Brownlee
Despite naysayers, the 5’6” African-American tenor discusses his choice of music and his classical niche instead of a career in law despite not being the typical opera singer.

Brownlee
Tavis Smiley
November 2013
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/interviews/lawrence-brownlee/

NPR
April 2007
Lawrence Brownlee: A Rising Star Arrives at the Met
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9722214

Martha Plimton
Award-winning actress explains how her financial situation was so dire that she sent a plea to friends asking if anyone had a position open for a babysitter…

Activity: Take a look at Plimpton’s accomplishments and make a checklist of avenues you think she might have tried instead.

Update: Based on Plimpton’s celebrity status in the theater, sense of humor, and interest in activism, public speaking for corporate America or organizations might be a possibility. Requisite aptitudes and skills used by  successful actors are similar to those used by speakers.

Plimpton
Queen Latifah, November 15, 2013
http://tinyurl.com/mkzddqk

Martha Plimpton Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_Plimpton

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