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January 23, 2021 7 min read

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Carol Angeli  is an actor/singer/dancer based in Bloomfield, NJ ! She has been in a total of 6 iterations of Miss Saigon (including the latest Broadway revival), Here Lies Love, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and various National tours and regional productions! In addition to her performing career, Carol is also studying to become a nurse! Keep reading to find out more about what makes Carol an Amazing Asian in the Arts!

 

Name:   Carol Angeli

 

Heritage:   Filipino, Spanish, German (a whole mix of peoples!) Thank you 23 & Me!

 

Hometown:  Parsippany, NJ

 

Current City:  Bloomfield, NJ

 

Current Project:

 

Being a Mommy! – Getting my degree in Nursing

 

What are some of your favorite credits/projects?

 

My most favorite project ever was performing as Assistant Dance Captain/Swing in "Here Lies Love" at The Public Theatre. I did both runs of the show at the Public as well as the workshop production at Williamstown Theatre Festival. 6 Iterations of "Miss Saigon, 4 playing Kim, my most memorable and magical as Dance Captain and covering Kim at Ogunquit Playhouse. (I also did the 2017 Revival on Broadway as Gigi us/Dance Captain/Swing.)  Other favorites: Mary Poppins 1st National Tour, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The King & I at various theatres, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Yonah in Children of Eden, the Regional premiere of The Mistress Cycle, and understudying Louise in Carousel at Court Theatre and then again at Long Wharf Theatre, and so many more! I just LOVE performing so this list might be way too long.

 

Any advice for young people getting into the arts?

 

Just remember how much you love it. It's a brutal business and can really take a mental toll as well as physical so I would just keep holding on to the love for the craft and performing! Be as present as possible in your performance and share that light with the audience from the inside out. That's what I do when I'm exhausted and it makes me forget about everything else and just revel in the performance. That to me is part of really taking good care of yourself mentally, and emotionally. Physically, do all the things that keep your body healthy! Stretch and breathe, meditate, have a therapist, whatever it is that will give you peace of mind and heart throughout this journey! I would also learn everything you can about the business side so you are armed with all the knowledge about all aspects of the career and what it takes to get to your goals. Most importantly, have an amazing time and if you can record your journey, please do, so you can look back and see how far you've come. 

 

How did you get your start?

 

I started dancing at age 4 (primarily ballet) and it went from there! I come from a Filipino family who loves to sing and just learned all the songs by Lea Salonga and Sharon Cuneta when I was a kid growing up in Manila! My first ever performance was in The King and I as one of the Royal children and it went on from there!

 

What are some interesting facts about yourself?

 

I'm a super proud Mom to my son, Leo London!

I'm an only child, but I grew up and lived with a lot of cousins in Manila!

I am fluent in Tagalog.

I love Filipino Food.

I'm also studying to get my Bachelors in Science in Nursing.

I love Nutella.

 

Do you have any favorite moments in your career that you’d like to share?

 

Getting that call that I was going to be on Broadway! It was the best day of my life up to that point! Also, one of my favorite moments was during "Here Lies Love." I learned that I was going on in 2 hours for a lead track I hadn't learned yet including Solos, costume changes (which were insane during the show which was 90 minutes with no intermission), not to mention blocking on that amazing set. The favorite part of that moment was all the support and love I felt from the entire company, cast, crew, stage management, creatives, ushers, everyone at The Public! I have not ever felt that uplifted in my entire career. 

 

Performing at the 2017 Tony Awards!

 

Who do you admire?

 

Baayork Lee because she's just done so much with her career and with helping the Asian American community be seen and heard and feel valued. She's also so spunky and when I'm tired in a performance sometimes I'd think, Baayork wouldn't quit! She's just kick her leg higher! 

 

Did you always want to be in the arts or did you have another path before you got here?

 

I've had my eye on performing since I can remember. I really thought it was where my heart was and there was never a feeling like I had when I was dancing or singing or acting. Honestly, there still is no place like that except with my son. It was home to me (it still is). 

 

Do you have any organizations or non-profits you work with that you’d like to highlight?

 

Throughout my career, I've been involved with Broadway Barkada, which is an amazing organization highlighting mainly Filipino American artists! I love their message and what they stand for. They're also founded by 3 people who inspire me: Liz Cassasola, Brian Jose, and Billy Bustamante. The other is NAAP (National Asian Artists Project). I did my last performance right before Covid in their production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. They do so much for the Asian American community and I am so proud to be a part of that. Baayork Lee is one of the founders and she's also a HUGE inspiration to me.

 

When did you know you wanted to have a career in the arts?

 

Very, very early on. I actually can't remember because I feel like I was born feeling like I wanted to perform. It's cheesy, but incredibly true.

 

Do you have any other “special skills?”?

 

I can write with my toes. HAHA! It's actually true. I'm also a master multitasker.

 

Did you have any interesting “odd jobs” you worked at between shows to pay the bills?

 

Oh man.... Sooo many. Aside from the catering and being a server and a receptionist, I worked in a Smoothie shop/Oxygen Bar/Tanning Salon once. That was REALLY interesting. I also worked for Lindt Chocolate, which was an awesome job with a lot of perks (tasting chocolate all day? Yes please!), and I also worked for a company that gave out flu shots! That was interesting because we worked in big, corporate offices and I had a glimpse of what that life was like. I mean, the flu shots were free, but we had to get them to download an app. Oh! Comic Con! THAT WAS like a show in itself! I loved it! I worked there with one of my best friends, fellow Asian American performer, Alex Chester! 

 

What skills did you find to be the most helpful in your career?

 

Being organized has been a HUGE skill that's been helpful to me because I have been cast as a swing multiple times in my career. Not just organized in terms of notes, but being able to be organized mentally. It has really helped me be fearless when I have to perform multiple tracks, split tracks, and tracks I've never rehearsed. With that, I also find that trust in myself and my abilities has been valuable. That's not easy, but when it comes to performing, being able to do that has helped me conquer a lot onstage. Believe. Trust. 

 

Where did you study at?

 

I went to Penn State University for my BFA.

 

What is your greatest accomplishment?

 

I feel like my whole career is a great accomplishment and that includes the good stuff, the bad stuff, the lessons, the highs, the lows, Regional, Tours, Broadway. It's all an accomplishment. My GREATEST one of all has to be my son, Leo London. He's just the most amazing, amazing little human and being his Mom has been the greatest joy and journey of my entire life.

 

What are some goals you hope to achieve?

 

Aside from being a great mother, I'd love to evolve into the best version of myself, to evolve into a kind and loving soul, a supportive performer and peer, and a good human. I'd also love to do another Broadway show where London can watch his Mom do what she truly loves doing! And really just keep performing and making a good life for my son and me through that platform. I'm also in nursing school right now so I can have a gig between gigs and graduating is a big goal at the moment. 

 

What do you love most about what you do?

 

Everything. I love performing.

 

What helped you most to rebound from what you considered your biggest failure or mistake in your career?

 

Just knowing that I tried my best at the time with all the information and feelings that I had. Also knowing that I don't ever have to repeat mistakes, but grow from them instead and make better judgement calls in the future in hopes for more opportunities to be able to have a chance to show growth to myself. Also, my support system, my best friends really helped me through my biggest failures and mistakes and I will always be grateful for that.

 

What inspires you?

 

My son inspires me on a daily basis. I love watching the world through his eyes.

 

 

If you could name one point in time when everything changed for you, what was it?

 

September 2018 when my son was born. Talk about someone enhancing your life and making you grow in one minute. That was the moment that changed everything. 

 

Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself?

 

Maybe not about myself, but I want to share with everyone out there. You can rise above any situation you find yourself in. You have a voice and you matter. Just believe that and when you don't, know that there are so many who believe that for you. You matter. 

 

To find out more about Carol, please visit her at:

 

Instagram: @carolangelili

 


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