Saturday, March 25, 2006

Guest Expert: Josh Kobak

Miranda's uncle has graciously agreed to be a guest expert on our blog!

Mr. Josh Kobak studied at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music where he was in several plays, including playing Huckleberry Finn in Big River. He then toured and performed in musicals on Broadway. Mr. Kobak wrote and directs a play "Subway Train" which he produces from time to time in an Off Broadway Theatre. He currently has a CD out called "Above and Beneath" featuring his band Swim. He also scored all the music for an A&E TV show "The Passion of Helen of Troy." Right now he's getting ready to perform in Disney's new Broadway musical: Tarzan!

Here is a place where you may ask Mr. Kobak questions about musical professions, acting, and music in general. Be sure to think critically about the questions you ask him (as with all our experts) as he has a very busy schedule and we don't want to waste his time with questions that are not clearly stated.

13 Comments:

At Saturday, March 25, 2006 12:21:00 PM, Blogger Miranda said...

what is your favorite song on any album you have made?

 
At Saturday, March 25, 2006 4:32:00 PM, Blogger Drew said...

Do you get nervous before you go on stage? What do you do to forget about your nerves?

 
At Monday, March 27, 2006 7:42:00 AM, Blogger Miranda said...

What do you like best about playing Tarzan? Why?

 
At Monday, March 27, 2006 8:52:00 AM, Blogger Hannah 18 said...

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At Monday, March 27, 2006 8:57:00 AM, Blogger Leah said...

Why did you want to be in Broadway?

Did you ever want to leave just give up?Why?

 
At Tuesday, March 28, 2006 9:05:00 AM, Blogger Celia said...

Have you ever gotten so nervous that you froze up on stage?

 
At Tuesday, March 28, 2006 12:57:00 PM, Blogger Hanna 31 said...

I have always wanted to be on broadway. What othet plays were you in? Did you like them?How much effort does it take and how do you be onb broadway.

 
At Wednesday, April 05, 2006 9:09:00 AM, Blogger Cecilie said...

How did you get started in Broadway?

 
At Thursday, April 20, 2006 8:57:00 AM, Blogger Hannah 18 said...

Does it take alot of nerve to be on broadway? What else does it take to be on broadway?

 
At Thursday, April 20, 2006 6:46:00 PM, Blogger Rachel L. said...

Have you always wanted to be an actor?

 
At Tuesday, May 02, 2006 11:57:00 PM, Blogger natarum said...

hey everybody... I just got home from the show tonight, we are in "previews", which means we perform the musical from beginning to end to a paying audience... BUT the director can make any change he wants to from night to night... we have had many changes so far, but that will all be over when TARZAN officially opens on May 10th. After that, the show will be performed the same every night, all the lyrics and staging will be the same.

ok... now to some of your questions...

Miranda... this is a hard question, when you write a song, it's like taking a picture of your emotions. I hear my music from time to time and find that my emotions are the same as when I wrote the song, and sometimes, the emotions are totally different, but the song still affects me. Knowing that I have to answer your question, I think I would have to say "Swimming"... which is a pretty serious song I know, but I like that it reminds me to never stop LIVING life, never feel bad for myself, never waste my energy on things that don't move in the direction of my truest dreams.

~~~

Drew... OK, this is funny... I can, with absolute honesty tell you that nervousness goes away after a while. I think it is all in the way you look at performing on the stage.
I should tell you that I have done the job called "swing" in the theatre... this term "swing" means that I am hired to know 5 or more parts in the show... and I am hired to perform them with little or no notice at all. It is like being an actor fireman... if there is an emergency, I have to make sure the show still goes on. SO, being a "swing", I have had to go on for parts (roles) when I have had no rehearsal for the role at all, I just learned the part from studying and watching... THOSE WERE VERY NERVE RACKING PERFORMANCES... But, I had to do it, and I did, and I did well.
That being said, after living through the most crazy nervous moments in front of thousands of people, I can tell you that after a while, you can put it all in perspective, and figure out that nervous energy will only make focussing on your job harder, so you learn to channel the nervousness into focus.
Lately, I am a little weirded out by how comfortable I actually am in front of the audience... because, sometimes, I am more nervous in real life! at least on stage, I know what is going to happen... in real life you never do.

~~~ that is all I can answer for now friends, I hope you are all being nice to each other and finding how fun it is to learn stuff... smile ~ Joshua

 
At Tuesday, May 02, 2006 11:58:00 PM, Blogger natarum said...

hey everybody... I just got home from the show tonight, we are in "previews", which means we perform the musical from beginning to end to a paying audience... BUT the director can make any change he wants to from night to night... we have had many changes so far, but that will all be over when TARZAN officially opens on May 10th. After that, the show will be performed the same every night, all the lyrics and staging will be the same.

ok... now to some of your questions...

Miranda... this is a hard question, when you write a song, it's like taking a picture of your emotions. I hear my music from time to time and find that my emotions are the same as when I wrote the song, and sometimes, the emotions are totally different, but the song still affects me. Knowing that I have to answer your question, I think I would have to say "Swimming"... which is a pretty serious song I know, but I like that it reminds me to never stop LIVING life, never feel bad for myself, never waste my energy on things that don't move in the direction of my truest dreams.

~~~

Drew... OK, this is funny... I can, with absolute honesty tell you that nervousness goes away after a while. I think it is all in the way you look at performing on the stage.
I should tell you that I have done the job called "swing" in the theatre... this term "swing" means that I am hired to know 5 or more parts in the show... and I am hired to perform them with little or no notice at all. It is like being an actor fireman... if there is an emergency, I have to make sure the show still goes on. SO, being a "swing", I have had to go on for parts (roles) when I have had no rehearsal for the role at all, I just learned the part from studying and watching... THOSE WERE VERY NERVE RACKING PERFORMANCES... But, I had to do it, and I did, and I did well.
That being said, after living through the most crazy nervous moments in front of thousands of people, I can tell you that after a while, you can put it all in perspective, and figure out that nervous energy will only make focussing on your job harder, so you learn to channel the nervousness into focus.
Lately, I am a little weirded out by how comfortable I actually am in front of the audience... because, sometimes, I am more nervous in real life! at least on stage, I know what is going to happen... in real life you never do.

~~~ that is all I can answer for now friends, I hope you are all being nice to each other and finding how fun it is to learn stuff... smile ~ Joshua

 
At Tuesday, May 16, 2006 2:40:00 PM, Blogger Chelsea said...

Have you ever forgot the words to a song?If so to what song?Have you ever wanted to give up singing?If so for what?

 

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