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I was born and raised in Westchester County--"only 45 minutes from Broadway," as George M. Cohan wrote--but I usually just tell people I'm a native New Yorker because it's easier than explaining what Westchester is.
The Industry People™ say that this is where I'm supposed to describe my ~*bRaNd*~. As a freshman in college, I released an EP of original songs called Not Otherwise Specified, which was a not-so-subtle dig at the expectation that artists and human beings are supposed to have brands. A couple years later, I was diagnosed autistic, which offered a clinical explanation for both my talent for acting (apparently I just "mask" professionally) and my aversion to the neurotypical energy of "brands." It also opened up a fascinating world of insight into my brain's particular configuration of quirks, strengths, struggles and sensitivities. Like so many neurodivergent kids before me, my performing arts education was my gateway to the rest of humanity; the cornerstone of my advocacy is making the performing arts industry a more accessible, inclusive and vibrant place for everyone.
But anyway. My brand. Here's how some other people have described my brand:
"Can't tell if you're a man-eater or a comedienne" -an anonymous talent agent at an industry showcase
"The poor man's Kerry Butler" -someone on YouTube
"The new and improved Kerry Butler" -Kerry Butler
The Industry People™ also say that this is where I'm supposed to list "career highlights," by which they mean things like getting nominated for an OnStage Critics Award and being a BroadwayWorld Award first runner-up (for Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family and Simon Zealotes in Jesus Christ Superstar, respectively), having my original music featured in various cool places, or writing an op-ed about autistic representation in the media that went mildly viral and led to me getting quoted in the New York Times.
But I believe we should find highlights in the little things. The things you can't see on a resume. Like getting up with the sun because you've had a great night's sleep, or rolling your hair into a perfect sock bun on the first try, or saving 15% or more on car insurance by switching to Geic--I don't know, I'm trying to be inspirational. Is it working?