Bryan Terrell Clark: Marvin Gaye in Motown the Musical

Mmmm, mmm, mmmm I was hanging on for dear life waiting for the news! And now we know, its official: Bryan Terrell Clark will be playing Marvin Gaye in Motown the Musical! Heard it from the man himself and it was confirmed by our director not to mention the repeated tweeted congratulations he’s received. Its been a longtime coming, truly you gotta go figure. To find a man with the voice, looks, talent, air, and hippie dippy heart breaking swagger of the (god-rest-his-soul) Marvin Gaye is hard to find! (wooo, I faint at the thought) but (hiccup, hiccup) here he is for all to see and enjoy in the upcoming Motown the Musical. Having been a part of the workshops for over a year and a half I’ve seen several talented young men play the part (including Isaiah Johnson, Clifton Oliver, Joshua Henry) and it has definitely been a joy to watch each of them thus far. I watched him during the last developmental stages, researching and working himself to the bone to get the spirit of Marvin Gaye and it really paid off. So I’m excited to see what Bryan will bring to the table. Being a girl in Motown the Musical ain’t easy I’m forced daily to watch gorgeous young men rehearse and re-enact the moves, and the vocals,  of the Jackson 5, the Four Tops, the Contours, and the mighty, mighty Temptations (Claude have mercy) But now to add our official Marvin Gaye to the roster, is oh too much! Enjoy!

Check out one of my favorite clips of the original Marvin Gaye rehearsing for a concert in Europe in 1981. Now mind you this clip ain’t polished, it ain’t glossy and perfect, it may be only something a musician or his mother may love but I seriously enjoy every braid, beard, and Jerry curl in this clip each time I watch it. And yes the beautiful Marvin Gaye reclined on the sofa sounds THAT good. We loved him. Not to mention the beautiful lyrics sung by poetic musician who was gone too soon.

Marvin Gaye – I Want You Lyrics @ SeekLyrics.com

I wonder if this song will be in the Motown show? You gotta come see our show to find out! Click here to purchase tickets!

Berry Gordy Rides in Style: Chrysler 300 Motown Edition

Mr. Gordy’s been the epitome of American class for over 50 years why should he stop doing just that! From fine beginnings as the son of a local grocer to packing powerful punches as a boxer and eventually writing, producing, and promoting some of the most beloved music in the world,  Berry Gordy has always been a hard worker. So its natural to see him lay back and enjoy the ride and the fruits of his labor on the scenic journey from Detroit to NYC. He amps it up a bit with his newest toy one that many  Americans will look forward to traveling in this year! The Chrysler 300 Motown Edition. I saw it up front and personal on the day they filmed the New York portion of the commercial shoot and boy was it nice! The ladies in the cast gushed and cooed over the beautiful designs of it, posing around it like we the hot chicks in some car magazine, while the fellas dug all the details and of course the fact that the Motown emblem is classically featured on there does not hurt one bit! Excuse my excitement but yoooooo! this car has “Beats Audio” and Motown tracks already loaded and ready for you to enjoy! At the end of the commercial below he says a few words that pretty much sum it up… “This is what we do”

Saycon sings at Madison Square Garden January 21st

photo by Montanausa

Saycon jumps for joy! photo by Montanausa

 

Wooohoo! I’m screaming at the top of my lungs ready to rock the stadium and honor my fellow Americans with our National Anthem January 21st! Representing Motown hard! . I hope ya’ll got ya tickets already. During my Fela days I rocked the anthem for the Braves versus the Mets at Yankee stadium. For me its a day to remember! In the meantime I’m ready to see Knicks verses the Nets! Leggo!!!

Click link below for details:

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Saycon Speaks on Commercial Auditions

I recently posted a video blog about commercial auditions. I received great emails about the video realizing that this is the stuff they don’t tell you in acting class or in school, or maybe they told you in school and you’re so nervous about your coming audition you’ve forgotten,  I hope to remind you of  some practical tips to help prepare you for commercial auditions. Number one being:  Just Breathe!

The number one question I received was what was your first tv commercial?

So I basically approach this topic from my own personal experience. I’m a working actor and I think it helps to get that point of view. For information’s sake I shot my first commercial in Georgia as a teenager. It was an advertisement for the Georgia Hope Scholarship and I was thrilled! That was quite a while ago. Perhaps I can find it on video… Happily there’s been a few others over the years and I look forward to more. I’ve also been in some commercial and stock photo shoots as well. Commercials are so much fun, the sets are usually pretty cool and the directors are fast thinking, fast talking, hip creative creatures. Plus the huge benefit of an intense  yet short amount of work is that it can pay pretty well, especially for a nationally shown commercial. Now I’m no expert, I’m not a model, I’m an actor so the parameters are a bit different but there are some basic things to consider for everybody going in for a commercial shoot.

1. Lay out your gear the day before

2. Clean up- shave, pluck, or manicure yourself

3. Show up early and be prepared to leave late

Watch my video for more details:

A grooming side note: HANDS:There are  moments when I regret my love affair with crazy nail art. They DO NOT want to see any of that at a commercial audition Nude, pailest pink, red, or mauve colored nails are the way to go unless the specifically ask for a goth girl look or glamour pop star character (in which case black nails or brightly patterned nails might be ok. I never regret changing my nails for an audition, but I always regret the times I wished I had… so a note for the ladies, wear a more conservative nail look and lenght on your commercial auditions.

Check out this ad I did for a grocery store I’m not a hand model but I had to hold bread, read a book, and type on a computer lots of hand closeups

a commercial shoot I did for a popular grocery store chain

a commercial shoot I did for a popular grocery store chain

 

In the future I’ll give more tips to looking and feeling your best,  getting over your nerves and booking the job! Well at least the things that have helped me out. Thanks for watching.

xoxo

SS

 

Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child on Fela! Tour

Its a small world! Indeed for Destiny’s Child alum, Michelle Williams, and myself it is! She will be taking on the role of Sandra in the latest tour of Fela scheduled to tour the world!

Michelle Williams

photo by Frederick M. Brown/ Getty Images

yellow and orange fela logoShe and I both played in Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida back in the day I was her *standby at that time. And now she will play afro-beat queen Sandra Izsadore. Sandra, notably is a activist, and performer and former girlfriend of Fela Kuti. She helped to infuse some of the political tone and strife to the Nigerian-born music man who would become a leader in jazz and African music.

I’ll be excited to see Michelle in Fela! For those of you who don’t know, Fela! is the story of one of Africa’s most well known and prolific musicians, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, a Nigerian man who’s music and very lifestyle stirred both hearts and controversy during his 20 plus years entertaining the world with his innovative “afro-beat genre of music”. I played Sandra Izsadore in the Original Broadway production and also sang on the Grammy nominated cast recording of Fela! along with Sahr Ngaujah (ABC’s Last Resort) and Kevin Mambo (Cadillac Records). We appeared with director Bill T. Jones in Vibe magazine during my shaved head days:

Fela cast in Juice issue of Vibe Magazine

Fela cast in Juice issue of Vibe Magazine

 

Miss Williams will be having a great year as she reportedly has new management and also recently signed to Light Records, I copped her first recording and will definitely purchase the next. When we were on Broadway with Fela, Michelle came to see the show and gave me congratulatory hugs. She was playing the role of Roxie Hart in “Chicago”, in the theatre right across the street at the time. A class act, she sent me flowers the very next day! So most definitely must return the favor! I’ll never forget the fab white suit wore to her opening night party as Aida when we played at the Palace theatre. Although I’m currently in broadway’s  Motown the Musica,l I continue to champion the story of Fela Kuti and to be a supporter of the show, because the powerful music and piece of history the show represents. My friends,  leading men Duain Richardson, and Adesola Osakalumi will be headlining the tour along with the talented  Danny Soto and “afro-soca” lady  Shakira Marshall. On the SayconTalks blog look to the right under Favorite Links and click the Fela tour link for show dates.

*A standby is a sort of built in person who can resume a character at any moment and perform a role during special appearances or in the absence of the primarily advertised actor.

 

Saycon Sengbloh & Scott Nevins BOND on New Years Eve

Hoping everyone had a fabulous New Years Eve, or a prayerful one, or a hell of a party night as was the case for most of New York city. I brought in the new year with my last of many performances for 2012. I was a featured performer for the Ice Ball at XL complete with James Bond theme. The handsome Scott Nevins was the host and I conjured up some Shirley Bassey for the kids. Scott and I do killer shows together and they really seemed to enjoy it. It was a pretty uneventful night until I got a the train on my way home. Why do folks just have to fight when they’ve had too much to drink? Woo I saw some craziness in the subway car next to me and the train stopped in between stations for like 20 minutes. I was like Lord don’t let me spend the night on this train I got another party to go to LOL. Well I guess destiny meant for me to make it my next destination, the New Years breakfast was yummy, and I saw lots of friends and acquaintances. Plus had an impromptu interview with Chester Gregory regarding his upcoming career moves. K.I.T. ya’ll more juice later

MJ Rodriguez and Saycon at XL Night club

MJ Rodriguez and Saycon at XL Night club

Me and Scott Nevins backstage at XL

Me and Scott Nevins backstage at XL

Saycon in her Goldfinger dress at XL New Years Eve

Saycon at XL

 

D. Woods 2 The Bottom Official Video Release

Shout out to my homegirl, D.Woods a fellow alumni of what I like to call the *Freddie Hendricks affect. Been many months since she came by to visit me at the Signature Theatre during the Hurt Village show I was doing this past spring. Not many of you know that Miss. D. Woods is an actress as well, catch her in theatre, commercials, and television too! I’m excited to support her music latest video premiere” 2 The Bottom” enjoy the video below! Support Independent Music! And visit her site! She’s doing big things!

 

Congrats sis!

*Freddie Hendricks is an actor, director, and acting coach who taught drama at Tri-Cities highschool and founded the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta encouraging young students like myself, and D.Woods among others, to succeed in the arts and entertainment.

The New SayconTalks: The Official Saycon Sengbloh Blog

SayconTalks.blogspot.com has moved to SayconTalks.com ! Check out our new digs! SayconTalks.com has a new look, new entertaining  content, and also features the vlog “SayconTalks TV” our newest addition to serving you the latest interviews and motivation. Enjoy comment, comment, comment! Add your name to our mailing list and subscribe to http://SayconTalks.com  and see Saycon Sengbloh in Motown the Musical on Broadway! We build! Warrior Life!
Happy New Year!
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Saycon Sengbloh: Young and Powerful for Obama Award Recipient

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You guys I’m thrilled to announce I’m being awarded the Young and Powerful for Obama Award this coming Thursday October 25th! I will have a chance to celebrate in Atlanta with family and friends, a personal treat and sort of a birthday present as well. My birthday month, October, always sort of brings about some type of transition for me, either easy or hard yet transition that’s definitely necessary. Just trying to work harder and be more motivated at my craft is more of a challenge in some ways and easier in others as the years go by! I hope to continue to make Atlanta proud!
Love,
Saycon

 

Motown & Chrysler join on Broadway Pre-Launch!

Motown the Musical: As Martha and the Vandellas:
Saycon Sengbloh, Rebecca Covington, and N’kenge
Saycon Sengbloh and Morgan James
Saycon and young phenom Jibreel

Well one thing is for sure: the mounting of a musical is big business! I performed at an event to announce the pre-sale tickets for Motown the Musical and their collaboration with Chrysler and Citibank. Tickets are on sale already for a show that will be starting this spring. Representing Martha and the Vandellas, Saycon, N’Kenge, and Rebecca Covington had a ball in sparkly Ralph Lauren dresses that were tweaked for our special performance at the Nederlander Theatre. The whole cast was outfitted for the event to give a modern suggestion of whats to see in the spring. Though the actual show costumes will be a whole other ballgame true to life, time, and authentic to the time periods portrayed. It was an exciting day that started with rehearsals, fittings, sound checks, and ended with a reception to celebrate. The stars were out from Aretha Franklin, the legendary writing group Holland, Dozier, Holland,  Smokey Robinson, and of course Berry Gordy himself. We performed some numbers from the show and the audience got to get a little taste of the show Mr. Gordy and his team have been working so diligently on. I’m excited for people to see it!

Saycon, Rebecca, and N’kenge:Divas at the afterparty out of our drag!

http://www.freep.com/article/20120927/ENT04/120927093/-Motown-Musical-gets-star-studded-preview-Broadway

http://www.motownthemusical.com/tickets.html