Hello! My name is Lauren Norton and I am a vocalist and actress. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Vocal Performance Certificate (long title, right?) and am in the process of obtaining a Masters of Music in Musical Theatre. Yes, I like school – call me a nerd if you want. I won’t blame you. But anyway, in undergrad I studied classically and then decided I wanted to pursue my real passion – musical theatre (for those of you who don’t know the difference, think Broadway) – so I decided to continue school to hone in on those skills. To learn more about me as a performer, go to my professional website www.laurennorton.com.
I have always been fascinated with what makes people happy. This started when I travelled to Honduras with my father for a mission trip (I ended up going twice – while he has been too many times to count). I saw how happy, compassionate, and God-loving these people who didn’t have a bed, complete roof, floor, etc. were. I have lived a blessed life and I didn’t feel like I was as happy as they were. I learned a lot about being thankful for what you have, accepting what you don’t, and finding happiness and positivity in all of it. Fast-forward to Winter 2015 when I was diagnosed with vasculitis. I had to re-learn how to stay happy and positive in a time when my body was literally attacking itself and for over a month, doctors didn’t know what was wrong with me (leave it to me, a 23-year-old female, to get an awful case of a disease that usually affects male children). This experience has taught me how to find the light in all situations – no matter how bad they seem. In the entertainment industry, it is very hard to stay positive. You have to endure many people telling you they don’t want your product (and your product is YOU). It is exhausting and very easy to get down about your worth and your talent. I want to share tips for not letting these denials break you as well as using what I have learned from my degrees to help make your auditions better.