Saycon Sengbloh talks entertainment behind the scenes, audition advice, music, & lil' bit of gossip too.
Category Archives: The Working Actor
Articles in the Working Actor section feature the “in between”. Saycon always says “Being an actor has many facets. There are alot of jobs in between Denzel Washington and the guy on the corner in the chicken suit.”
Saycon Sengbloh & the Cast of Motown rehearse in their coats: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Photo: courtesy of Joe Perrotta
OMG We’re going to be on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! You’ve got to watch us doing it up in the frrreeezing cold! Honey, my Mom is up to visit and all my Motown the musical people have been getting ready! So here we come!
ALSO, did you know I am going to be performing December 16th at Drom?
Visit www.DromNYC.com to learn more about it! In the meantime watch us on the Macy’s Day Parade!
What a world-wind this weekend has been. I’ve been work-shopping on a new show in development, and I’ve been doing Motown the Musical at night! But on top of all that I had the wonderful opportunity to perform on the Tony Awards along with my fellow cast mates! Motown the Musical received 4 Tony Award Nominations! Watch us perform on the Tony’s below:
If you’ve never heard of Mommy Uncensored let me be the one to tell you! This web series is hilarious and packed full of the types of shenanigans our parents never told us about when we were growing up! The star of the show, Charity J, is hilarious as a young mom, “Karen Wright”, who tries to do the right thing for her kids and husband while balancing a household and crazy situations all at the same time. Charity and I were actresses together in the Freddie Hendricks’ Youth Ensemble of Atlanta and we went to highschool together and so years later its good to see her performing again. I love this show!!! It just may be the next “Awkward Black Girl” for all you folks familiar with the underground comedy web series, in terms of having the sort of cross over appeal but sort of more like awkward black mom. Mommy Uncensored is shot on location in Atlanta, GA, one of the entertainment industry’s hottest hubs, and also my hometown. Also starring in the series are the hilarious Reemo Rod Thomas, Shannon Byrd, recording artist D. Woods, Jelani Akil Jones, Kelly M. Jenrete, and Lillian Lee plus numerous guest stars . Produced by Shimone Woodberry, Nikki Towers, Adrian Dukes, and her husband and partner Justin Jordan.
The Pool Cover up episode is one of my favorites. I mean she goes in on the subject of post baby body! For all the folks talking about celebrities and the “snapback” body, this episode is for you! And for all my folks out there who dug the Southern Pin-Up EP my music is featured in Episode 6: Mission Impossible. I’ve been excited about this show for a while because the stars and co-stars and producers of the show are people I’ve known for years, my friends are truly talented, and making strides as independent artists! Add this series to your daily online watching! You won’t be disappointed I’m quite proud! Click the links below for more Mommy Uncensored.
Its been a busy few weeks. With previews for Motown underway I have been in rehearsal non-stop as we change and tweak our wonderful Motown the Musical into perfection that will be revealed on opening night. In the midst of that we are promoting the show and that has been fun. During the Christmas season we did several events. And just last week we did a fun fashion shoot for the NY Post featuring fun outfits for the spring. We shot it early before rehearsal one morning, a spectacular feat considering how the long the days have been. Anyway, I was excited to see the final pics and the article finally came out this past Sunday in the New York Post. We were interviewed as we got our hair and makeup done and the writer took a few quotes from there. It was nice to reminisce about the Jacksons concert I went to as a child, and to really think about the meaning of doing a show like this. Valisia and I took some pics together, Brandon and Valisia shot some together, Charl and Brandon shot some and the 4 of us did some group shots as well. Luckily it was all about the girls in this shoot Valisia and I changed several times while the men added a hat or 2. LOL I loved the jewelry and shoes to and getting my make-up done. Valisia, like Diana Ross, somehow manages to look extra tall in her outfits! The bigger the hair the closer to God! We had a blast and headed back over to the theater for a full day of rehearsal afterwards. On our way back we stopped on the corner of 49th and gazed up at the huge Motown billboard in the middle of Time Square. Feeling pretty darn good. Get your tickets now, were selling like hotcakes.
Sepia toned glow at the New York Post. Brandon Victor Dixon, Saycon Sengbloh, Charl Brown and Valisia Lekae evoke a time gone by in 60’s inspired fashion. Original photo by Anne Wermiel for the NY Post.
Saycon behind the scenes at NY Post studios photo by Joe Perrota
During tech week we spend alot of hours backstage and onstage waiting as the design team sets lights and sound cues on the actors to help to bring our show to life. I’m being constructive lol between my scenes had to have a hair moment! Thanks to Andrea for snapping pics and to Sydney for the hairspray, gotta love a good flat iron press. Who needs a hot comb? Should I wear this style for opening night or the Tony Awards? What do you think?
Motown is counting down until we start previews so that means its technical rehearsal time also known as the infamous: Tech Week! Lord have mercy! Technical rehearsals can be amazing and challenging time. This is the time when the cast leaves the rehearsal space and goes into the theatre onto the new home space: the stage! My main goal during this time is to remain comfortable, ready for action, and able to adjust to change. The fun part is bringing a wonderful show to light but the hardest part about tech week can be managing your time and personal life outside of the theatre during the tech process.
Andrea Dora and Saycon Sengbloh using backstage tech time to work online.
Top thing to consider:
The hours are much longer than they would normally be during the 8 show week. You could be in the theatre from Noon to midnight.
Time management: Remembering and scheduling personal appointments during your spare hours. Because during technical rehearsals the majority of your time is spent onstage.
Keeping tags on friends and family and maintaining relationships while adjusting to the new schedule
Really preparing yourself for your new show, figuring out your backstage traffic i.e. water break moments, warm-up areas, costume changes, wig changes, make-up, and accessories
Great time to bond with your cast mates and make the show gel
Actors let me tell a few things I do to make tech week a success. Whether it lasts for 2 days in a short regional production or 2 months of tech and previews for a Broadway show it can be the ultimate challenge of an artist . Shows look easy to the audience and there’s a reason for that.
Check out this quick video for Tech Survival tips:
Finally, finally, I can officially say that I am performing the role of Martha Reeves in Motown the Musical. Martha and the Vandellas are a superstar girl group of the Motown era. You may not know it but every time you sing “Heatwave” or “Dancing in the Streets” you are singing a Vandellas tune. This Atlanta girl, this College Park, Georgia native is pleased to represent Miss Reeves! I met her years ago in Detroit and look forward to meeting her again. We all have big shoes to fill playing these real life music heroes in Motown the Musical and speaking for myself I definitely don’t take this lightly. We had an invited rehearsal in the studio for press and reporters to come in and check out our process and see a few scenes from the show. I really can’t wait for the audience to see our show!
A labor of love coming to a film festival near you. I’m looking forward to it. Details to come but for now peep this trailer.
“Love and Squalor” a daring new short film directed by Mikal Din featuring Saycon Sengbloh , Neill Springle, Ray Christiano Irving and Aminah Wazeerud-din.
Angela Bassett attends Morgan James Concert at 54 Below
photo by: Frederick Johnson used by permission
I’m way too excited about the new Lifetime movie “Betty & Coretta”… I only heard about it today. On a break from Motown rehearsal I went up the block to run errands was struck by the haunting photo of Miss. Basset and Miss. Blige staring into the ethers like beautiful black eagles. I was like dayum Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blige in a movie, together! Now, I pride myself on being in the know with these sorts of things but this one completely slipped my radar.
I mean even the other night I was at Morgan James show chatting my mouth away with the Angela Bassett, talkin’ bout Motown this and Motown that, and this fabulous diva has a new movie coming out?! We know we blactresses and blactors cannot get enough of her ever since she turned it out in her Oscar nominated role as Tina Turner in “What’s Love Got to Do With It.” And there I am in her face, not knowing this film was underway and soon to be aired on television! I can’t be slippin’ yall! I certainly could have gotten some info about that film that night. Anyway check out this trailer for the new movie. I’m really excited to see friend, Malik Yoba in the movie as Rev. Martin Luther King. (Shout out to cousin Qua ;)Folks are doing big things! 2013 ya’ll LET’S GET IT!