Broadway actors can have tattoos

BILD series "Germany, your colorful world of work" | "Rocky" actors about the rock-hard pavement "Musical"

Germany's world of work is so colorful! In the third season of the BILD series, people give us a look behind the scenes of their respective professions - from traditional to extraordinary.

They tell of the funniest experiences, the most bizarre incidents and unbelievable colleagues. But also from the dark side of their jobs - after all, no job is perfect!

TODAY: THE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE

Drew Sarich (38) is currently the main actor in the musicalRockyon stage in Hamburg. And like his character Rocky, actor Sarich knows his way around triumphs and defeats: The native American from St. Louis has already played inLes Misérableson Broadway New York and on the West End in London, Jesus was in "Jesus Christ Superstar", the bell ringer inDisney's The Hunchback of Notre Dameand also ruled thatdance of the Vampires.

In between these top engagements, however, there were repeated rejections and criticism at castings - or he was unemployed on the street overnight because pieces were spontaneously canceled.

Musical - what looks like a cheerful, glittering world from the outside is in truth a rock-hard pavement.

In addition to body and psyche, it is above all the ego that is challenged again and again. And existential fear also always dances with - because without commitment there is no money.

At BILD, Drew Sarich tells the 7 most memorable moments of his career so far:

► “One of my nicest moments: My stage premiere as a 23-year-old in the backup of Liza Minelli. That was in the Kremlin and pretty cool ... "

► “Super exciting: When I got the offer 15 years ago to play the title role in 'Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame' to play in Berlin. "

► "Pure heartbeat: The training with Wladimir Klitschko for,Rocky ' - who gets something like that?!?! "

► "One of my saddest experiences: I played on Broadway in May 2006,Lestat - The Musical ' and the play was canceled after only three months. I had just brought my family to America and suddenly I was unemployed. That was hard."

► I will never forget how I was on September 11th 2001 for,Hair ' stood on the stage and then had to make the announcement that there had been attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. And right after that the show started and we sang "Aquarius" - bizarre! "

► "A memorable moment was my New Year's Eve party with Siegfried & Roy in 1998 - it was colorful, believe me!"

► “And of course it was just terrific the way I boxed with Sylvester Stallone in the hotel corridor. Then we compared our tattoos. Sly won. In both! "

Have you always dreamed of being on stage singing and dancing?

Drew Sarich warns: "Musical is not for people who want to become famous quickly!"

What's the best thing about your job?


“The best thing about my job is when I see that we adults can take us into a fantasy world. I watch every day "Rocky" Men in the audience who probably didn't want to go to the musical at all and then get up at the final battle and shout "Rooocky!" With tears in their eyes. It's a unique feeling! "

What annoys you about your job?


“The constant distance from my family annoys me. That makes the job difficult. My wife and children live in Vienna, I've been in Hamburg for almost two years. And the castings: auditioning and auditioning for roles is fun, but the constant evaluation of one's own performance is not easy to digest either. Often the result is negative and there is seldom direct feedback. Even if you've sung and played brilliantly, the team may actually be looking for someone who is, for example, 1.76 meters tall and has red hair. Something like that is never pleasant. "

How do you become a musical actor?


“I call us actors because that's exactly what we do. Singing is just the language of the piece. You become an actor because you are driven to do so by an inner voice. I knew very early on that there was no other job for me. Then you go to university, you read a lot, you look at a lot ... None of the good guys in our job do it for the money. One goes in the direction of art because it fulfills. If it doesn't make you happy, you'd better choose another job! "

What do musical performers earn?


“I'll answer diplomatically: The standard starting salary for an ensemble role is 3700 euros, everything else is a matter of negotiation. However, you shouldn't forget that you also have to build up reserves from this in order to make ends meet if you don't have any commitment! "

For whom is the job suitable, for whom is it not?


“You need a pretty thick skin in this job. You often hear what you don't like about yourself or the performance. You can quickly fail because of that. This profession is not suitable for people who just want to get famous quickly. We work hard, seven days and eight shows a week. The work is very nice, but you really have to want it. But this is not a pony farm! "

Here's the trailer for the musical with Drew Sarich:

Job series

  • “Germany's Jobs” A teleshopping expert unpacks

    In the new BILD.de series “Germany, your colorful world of work”, people talk about the bizarre aspects of their jobs.

  • “Germany's Jobs” The driving instructor - a co-driver of horror

    In the series “Germany, your colorful world of work”, people talk about the bizarre sides of their job. Today: the driving instructor.

  • "Germany's Jobs" Depiladora on 'Landing Strips' & Co.

    In the series “Germany, your colorful world of work”, people talk about the bizarre sides of their job. Today: The Depiladora.

  • “Germany's Jobs” What nurses experience in the emergency room

    In the series “Germany, your colorful world of work”, people talk about the bizarre sides of their jobs. Today: nurse.

  • "Germany's Jobs" A furniture salesman on the "retail insanity"

    In the series “Germany, your colorful world of work”, people talk about the bizarre sides of their jobs. Today: the furniture seller.

  • A police officer unpacks "We don't shoot like we do on TV"

    In the series “Germany, your colorful world of work”, people talk about the bizarre sides of their job. Today: the policeman.

  • “Germany's Jobs” A secondary school teacher takes stock

    In the series “Germany, your colorful world of work”, people talk about the bizarre sides of their job. Today: the teacher.

  • "Germany's Jobs" A judge about nerve lawyers and nonsensical applications

    In the series “Germany, your colorful world of work”, people talk about the bizarre sides of their job. Today: the judge.

  • “Germany's Jobs” My (dirty) year as a construction worker

    In the series “Germany, your colorful world of work”, people talk about the bizarre sides of their job. Today: the construction worker.

  • “Germany's Jobs” The everyday life of a coroner

    In the series “Germany, your colorful world of work”, people talk about the bizarre sides of their job. Today: the coroner.

  • "Germany's Jobs" A veterinarian about maloching in dung

    In the series “Germany, your colorful world of work”, people talk about the bizarre sides of their job. Today: the veterinarian.

  • "Germany's Jobs" A detective unpacks

    In the BILD series “Germany, your colorful world of work”, people talk about their jobs. Today: the detective.

  • Colorful German job world The (underwater) world of a mermaid photographer

    In the BILD series “Germany, your colorful world of work”, people talk about their jobs. Today: The underwater photographer.

  • Colorful German job world SIE judges over Guinness world records

    In the BILD series “Germany, your colorful world of work”, people talk about their jobs. Today: The record judge.