We had the good fortune of connecting with Calli McRae and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Calli, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
There are many rewarding aspects of being an actor and a singer, but there’s something particularly special about teaching and empowering others as performers. My acting and voice teachers have been instrumental in my growth, helping me to become a powerful and versatile singer, an authentic storyteller, and a grounded actor. I decided to start my own vocal studio, Bloom Vocal Studio, to offer voice lessons for all ages and all levels of experience focused on technique, emotional expression, and storytelling through song. My goal and joy is to help my students Bloom.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
From a young age, I’ve always loved performing (my Broadway debut was in my garage, playing every role in the musical Annie) and intentionally pursued performance opportunities all throughout my life. My life took an unexpected turn when choosing which college to attend, and I left the world of theater behind. Prior to working as an actor, singer, and voice teacher, I worked as a therapist, counseling children, adolescents, and adults, incorporating expressive arts therapy.
I decided to pursue my artistry full time because of several serendipitous moments and thought “it’s now or never.” So, I bought a one way ticket to New York and dove straight into the life of a working actor. I’ve learned that what makes a good therapist, makes a good actor: empathy. Seeing life through someone else’s eyes, holding their pain, and connecting to their deepest vulnerabilities. My background in counseling gives me a unique perspective in approaching storytelling.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love this sweet little spot called the Atlanta Dairies, an outdoor green space with restaurants, shops, coffee, and a brewery. It’s usually quaint and quiet but vibrant. Right in the heart of the Dairies, there’s a restaurant and bar called Wonderkid with the most creative cocktails and tasty bites. I have a lot of special memories at the Dairies, and I like that it’s not as busy as some of the other outdoor spaces in Atlanta.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My voice teacher Christiana Cole is the reason I am a confident singer and a great teacher. Before studying with Christiana, my singing was good. It was cute, contained, and easy to listen to. Because of their unique, specific, and creative ways of teaching, my voice is powerful and strong with an expansive range. I sing notes that seemed out of reach and perform songs I never thought I could.
My acting teacher and mentor Kimberly Vaughn has changed the way I tell stories. She creates a safe space for me to access authentic vulnerability as actor and inspires me to make bold, powerful choices. I wouldn’t be who I am as an artist without her.
Instagram: @callimcrae, @bloomvocalstudio