Charley Young – The Southern Woman with New York City Grit

 

What happens when you take a southern singer-songwriter and actress of tremendous ambition and throw her to the wolves in NYC? If you’re like most, the legion of failed auditions with the occasional lucky break sends you packing back to Podunkville with battle scars and bittersweet memories.

If you’re Charley Young, you dig deeper, stay focused on the positive, and keep your cool. So maybe you forgot the words to the audition song you could sing in your sleep. It’s all part of it and “to be in this business, grit is a must,” she says.

Grit and sacrifice are what it takes to succeed in show business

You’ll need to make sacrifices along with all that grit if you want to succeed in show business. Charley can go on as many as 5 auditions a week and holds down 3-4 “survival jobs,” as she calls them, while she’s building her career and fan base.

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Grand artistic aspirations demand living in an expensive entertainment-centric city. That means seeing her family in Florida only occasionally and a limited social life. Outings and dates are wedged between auditions, recordings, and working nights and weekends.

Hard work and sacrifice begets success

 

It’s worth it, though. Her resume includes singing at the White House, the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and the Austrian Embassy in Washington D.C. Her acting has landed her a long list of roles in theater, musical theater, and independent film.

She’s appeared in the Hollywood Fringe Festival, the Autry, and Saturday Night Live and earned her M.F.A. in Acting from the prestigious Actors Studio Drama School in May this year.

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Check out her latest music on iTunes or Spotify for some summer tunes.

Charley’s 2017 single releases are sassy and rebellious “Gonna Fight” and carefree “Summer is Mine.” You can find them on iTunes and Spotify. While you’re there, check out her 2016 EP “Phoenix Rising” showcasing the catchy and empowering title track.

Mental toughness and positivity are what come to mind when talking with Charley. Her sound is reminiscent of Madonna meets Britney Spears. Her smooth, clear alto voice and catchy, dance-beat vibes balance her thoughtful lyrics showcasing a strong, resilient woman that embraces setbacks and turns them into strengths.

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She’s got more in her vocal tool belt than just dance music, though. Perusing through her SoundCloud page will treat you to covers of jazz classics and Broadway show tunes such as “Skylark” and “All that Jazz.”

Come see her perform live in NYC!

Check her out live at the Bitter End on Bleecker St in NYC next Wednesday (8/23) from 7-8pm. You can also follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and her website to find out what she’s working on next!

 

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day to my American friends celebrating today!

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As you celebrate with your family and friends, consider taking a moment between the hotdogs and BBQ to think about what independence means to you. Is there something inside of you yearning for some form of independence in your life? Maybe you want to be free from a demoralizing job, an oppressive relationship, or maybe you’re seeking financial independence.

Whatever it is, take a moment to get in touch with that feeling and make a promise to yourself to do something about it.  Remember that you are the architect of your life. Sure, there are some circumstances out of our control, but for the most part, you have the power to make the change.

Maybe it’s time to fully accept responsibility for the direction of your life and start making small changes that can lead to big changes. Make it so next year, you can celebrate our nation’s independence, but also your own.

Oh! And once you’re done with that, remember to have an absolutely fantastic time!

 

 

 

 

How Long Have You Been Thinking and Not DOING?

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If you’re anything like me, you like to think about and plan things. A lot. Maybe too much, even. We could overthink until we’re in our graves if we’re not careful. It’s the curse of dreamers who long to be doers.

So let me ask you, how long have you been thinking about that thing and not doing it? You know what “that thing” is. It’s the thing you find yourself daydreaming about sometimes. The thing you maybe dismissed when you were still a child. Maybe it’s something you’ve only recently discovered but just can’t summon up the courage to start, or if you have started, you’ve reached a stopping point where something is holding you back.

Well, it’s just you and me here, and I won’t tell anyone. But I am going to challenge you like I challenged you in my first post. MOVE! It doesn’t have to be a big, grand courageous roar. It can be a whisper. But please, it’s for your own good. Just do one more thing that moves you closer to your goal.

Take all the self-criticism and doubt and shove it to the side for a moment -it’s not helping you- and then take one solid step forward. And tomorrow, take another. If you keep taking small steps, I promise you that you’ll get somewhere. It may not be where we intended to go, but that’s OK. This is about believing in yourself enough to try things and fail and learn, and then try again, and again, until you look back one day and say to yourself, “Wow! Look at how far I’ve come.”

So take a deep breath, close your eyes, make a wish, and with all the hope and passion you can muster in this moment, blow the dandelion seeds out into the world. You can do this.

Step One of the Journey

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

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Hello and welcome! This is the first post out of what I hope to be many, many more. I’ve had numerous transitions in my life so far, and this is one of them. A month ago, I quit my full-time job to pursue my two passions: coaching and coding. Now those my seem like very different things, but I’ve always been two things at once. I’ll tell you more about that later.

Right now, I just want give you a big, hearty welcome and tell you that this is a safe place with no judgment here. I’m not going to tell you what you should do or who you should be. I want to help you decide that on your own.

What changes have you been aching to make in your life? Maybe you aren’t even sure what they are yet, but you know something needs to happen. Maybe what you need is clarity. I’d like to help you find that. The first steps in finding clarity are to research, experiment, and repeat. So that’s my challenge to you today. Either research something or act on it.

I’m challenging you to take one small step today in the direction of a goal. Even a minuscule step will do, and it can be a tiny goal. It doesn’t have to be perfect and you can change your mind or goal later. Just take one little step forward on something you’ve been thinking about doing that will move you closer to a goal. Buy a book, look up the requirements, put on your tennis shoes, send a text, start a savings account with $5 a month, pick up the pen. Just do it!

So what’s it gonna be? Mine was to write this blog post. What’s yours? Tell me about it in the comments!

Yours Truly,

Heather