May 17th, 2011 11:04 EST
Traversing the Mase: Part VII Marla Mase: The Interview with the Goddess Continues
Last week, the amazing performer, Marla Mase, opened up to readers and fans everywhere by answering questions regarding her background, her businesses, her performing, and how she began to `reach out` to fans across the globe. For many weeks now this writer has introduced Marla Mase to the public, and no one has been more elated than I to `see` the amazing qualities that this woman owns. Not only is her music, lyrics, acting, writing, and performing out of this world, but Marla Mase has proven time and time again that she has more talent in just a corner of her mind than most people own in their entire bodies.
Marla Mase walks in the path of the Goddess Kali. With her spirit, her talent, her hard work, and an imagination that never stops, Marla Mase and Kali seem to be the same entity, offering "followers` some of the most incredible lyrics and music that have ever been created.
Last week, Marla Mase offered information on her background; while this week, she answers questions that delve even deeper into a woman who is pure and utter class. Marla Mase is a star on the rise who will soon become a household name where rock-and-roll and entertainment is concerned.
And, now, we introduce the great Marla Mase "
What was it like the first time you took the stage?
Well, I did some performing as a kid. I was in dance school for many years, where I often felt like the comic relief because I was not a great `classical dancer,` and couldn`t physically do many of the moves that the other girls could. It`s funny, actually, because since I entered adulthood I`ve been asked over and over if I`m a dancer. In fact, I went to a party a few weeks ago and people thought I was hired to be a dance motivator to get people going - but, that`s just me; I`m the first one to get out there and the last one to leave. My favorite dancing is with myself. It`s a great release.
Anyhow, so I did those dance recitals and I also did piano recitals. I was a pretty good piano player (taking lessons from six to twelve years of age). I did only classical and I LOVED it a lot; the drama of it suited my temperament very well. So every year I was on stage playing some wonderful classical piece. In fifth grade I was in a play. I was very shy early on, but somehow I managed to be in this play and I performed the comic role. From that point on, my mom always said that I had a knack for comedy - which is actually ironic because, as an actress, it`s always been much easier for me to go to the dark and `crazy,` than it is for me to go into the world of comedy.
I consider my first real time on the stage to be when I presented my work from my one-person show workshop at The Ensemble Studio Theatre. This work ultimately became my play, THE CANARSIE LINE. I did about twenty minutes of my material and I performed it - up until then, no one had ever seen me perform and most of my friends hadn`t heard my words. I have to say I blew them away that night, but even more importantly I realized when I was performing this piece, that THE STAGE was definitely where I belonged. I felt so comfortable up there, like I was finally in the right place after years of looking for my niche. I loved performing my words and communicating with the audience. It was incredibly empowering. People who didn`t know me thought I had been doing this my whole life; they couldn`t believe this was my first time on stage. In fact, whenever I perform, people think that performing has been something I have always done. And, the truth is, it`s so not the case. I just love being up there.
How did it feel when YOUR writing and YOUR feelings were first being played/shown to an audience?
That was pretty amazing. As I just described in the last question, a tremendous moment for me was on the opening night of, The Canarsie Line. I wasn`t in the production - I got to watch - and the feeling of having a sold out audience listening to MY words and laughing and crying and being affected by them, is indescribable. In fact, on some level it doesn`t even have anything to do with me. It`s like once it`s out of my hands and in the actors` hands, it takes on a life of its own which I have nothing to do with.
On opening night I hadn`t realized how FUNNY and how POWERFUL my play was, until it was performed. Yet, I felt this disconnect - so much so that I felt sort of depressed afterwards. I remember at the opening night party all the actors were glowing and pumped up, and all I wanted to do was cry and hide. And that`s what I did. It was a strange feeling. Still, I went to many of the shows, and each time I was blown away by seeing how much of an impact my play had on others.
Have you taken singing/acting/writing classes?
Yes, yes, and yes. J I took one or two writing classes post-college, and I fell in love with acting after my first class, as I mentioned above. I was twenty-six and I was hooked. With singing, I became `hooked` more recently. I did take a few vocal lessons when I was doing my master`s degree and that gave me the hint that I actually could sing, but I stopped soon after and passed my instructor on to my daughter who is an incredible INCREDIBLE singer. She`s in a very prestigious music program as a vocalist, and it won`t be long until you hear about her, that`s for sure. And since I`ve been doing A Brief Night Out, I`ve started taking vocal lessons with Martin Vidnovic (another actor in my play) who is, in my opinion, one of the most moving singers out there. He has done many, many Broadway shows, and sings in all sorts of retrospectives. I cannot sing his praises enough. I also get some singing exercises and pointers from Tomas, my producer, guitarist, etc.
Are you looking to direct in the future?
Directing is a definite possibility. I have strong directorial visions in general, and even a better one when it comes to my shows - but I`m not sure if I could really do it all. It`s good to have that "outside eye` but, for now, what I prefer to do is share my vision with a director, pass it along, and see what they can do with it - as well as see what they come up with. For me it`s all about the work, and however we can get the work `right` and `on-point;` I don`t care how it gets there as long as it gets there. But, yes, I can imagine me directing at some point.
Are your children interested in following you into the entertainment industry?
My daughter is a phenomenal singer, as I said before. Ever since she began singing at the age of two, she`s been a force to be reckoned with. You know? Diva quality like Christina, Mariah, Beyonce - my daughter is in a very prestigious popular music program as a vocalist. She also writes.
Actually, we are a family of writers. My son is an exceptional writer, as well. He wrote a memoir last year that people actually thought was something out of New York Magazine. He was recently accused of academic dishonesty by a teacher because the teacher couldn`t believe that a fourteen-year-old could write so well. But the other teachers in the school let everyone know that: No, this was indeed his writing.
I come from a long line of songwriters. My mom`s father, whom I never met, was a songwriter. My mom is a songwriter and my brother is a songwriter, as is his wife. It was just never for me or, so I thought.
What is the next `project` that you feel will see the "light of day,` so to speak?
Next project is Speak The Tour; I want to create some theatrical elements for the music on my new CD so that when I tour, it will not just be a straight-up music show but will also have the theatrical elements that I like. It won`t be a play like A Brief Night Out, but because it`s me, it`ll undoubtedly have dramatic flair. It won`t be a big choreographed production like a `Madonna` tour, (whom I like), but something very ...hmmmm....well, very Mase. I also want to start looking at my play Man/Woman, which is where A Brief Night Out comes from - and start examining the possibility of doing this full-length play. I am planning on putting up a reading of it this summer. AND, of course, A Brief Night Out will be in NYC this summer, while we iron out the details for touring the `Rock Opera.`
Now, as an ode to James Lipton, we have the short questions that fans love to hear the answers to.
Other than your own profession, what profession would you like to try?
When I was young I always wanted to live on a farm with a ton of animals. I wanted to be `Dr. Doolittle.`
What profession would you never like to try? Exterminator
What is your favorite word? Cascade
What is your least favorite word? Breath (Long story behind it; not breathe, breath)
What is your favorite curse word? F**K, of course. I admit it; I do love to curse
When you arrive at the Pearly Gates, what would you like God to say? I am so proud of you. I knew you could do it. Now come in and take a rest. You deserve it!!!
Jump on the bandwagon people. Marla Mase is about to go global! A fantastic performer, an in-depth writer, a genius actress, and a woman who is about to take the world by storm. Make no mistake, The Goddess Kali has returned to Earth, and she is now called Marla Mase.
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