We had the good fortune of connecting with Cara Reid and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cara, how do you think about risk?
You know the old adage “the only thing constant is change”? For me, this is all too true and with change comes risk. Risk of how long I will be employed, risk of losing my health insurance, risk of having to give up huge life milestones in “hopes” that something worthy of my sacrifice will come along. Perhaps that’s a bit dramatic but I am an actor, after all. As an actor, voice coach, and teaching artist none of the things I listed above compare to the emotional risk it takes to spend your life as a storyteller, a presence coach, and an avid pursuer of vulnerability. To be an artist, you have to live in risk so often. Enough sometimes that you start to question the value of it as well as your lack of sanity until you come across that one student you were finally able to reach, that emotion you were able to help someone access that lifted a weight off of their shoulders, or the message from the dad about how you brought a smile to his daughter’s face even though you’ve never met either of them. The risks in this career are not just logistical and dangerously unpredictable but they are the core of what people strive for everyday; love, acceptance, and protection. Trying to teach these things while still searching or feeling them yourself can leave you raw and exposed. One of my favorite quotes by Martha Graham is that “No artist is ever pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction; a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.” And it has been my experience that this place of blessed unrest cannot be found without risk.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” -Mark Van Doren As an artist and educator, I strive to “assist discovery.” I do so by cultivating a safe learning environment that fosters play, compassion, exploration, and community. In this environment, my students and clients feel empowered to take creative risks and to grow as human beings. I cherish facilitating their revelations, and sharing in their joys and challenges. I believe that “we teach who we are” and so I model my pursuit of working toward the betterment of humanity through storytelling.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
A stroll through the Botanical Gardens, drinks at Red Phone Booth, dinner at Aria, and any show that Vernal & Sere Theatre Company produce. (Look them all up!)

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Yes, I have so many people in my life that deserve SO MUCH recognition! My adoring parents champion every move I make, my sister is my best friend and continues to encourage me through thick and thin, my friend Caitlin is the best scene partner I could ask for, my mentor and soul sister Stacey gives me such wonderful guidance, Cynthia graciously refers me for excellent opportunities and makes sure I stand up for myself, and finally, Mrs. Sal, my high school English and Theatre teacher who to this day (and that was a LONG time ago), will never know how much she shaped the person I am today. Thank you everyone for always reiterating to me, “Remember who you are.”

Website: www.voicecoachcara.com
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