The secret of my success: Maria Friedman
Sunday 10 January 1999
AFTER SCHOOL I had about 14 different jobs ranging from barmaid and receptionist to kindergarten teacher. I come from a musical family and was always interested in singing and dancing. My first real singing job I came across purely by chance. I was auditioning for a waitress job in the Beefeater but didn't make it. Some of the other girls there dragged me along to another audition for a singing group called Close Harmony and miraculously I got the part.
Oklahoma! was the first big musical I did and again it was coincidence that helped me. My boyfriend and I went to an audition and they really wanted him. He persuaded them to take me on as well. I only got a very little part, but then I proved myself and after some time I ended up playing the leading role.
My career is always like a big try-out. There is a lot of gut feeling involved, especially when I feel frightened. That's when I take a step forward, because I can't bear not to have a go and I'm not afraid of failure. I believe that tenacity and focus are more important then talent. There are so many talented people out there, but it will not get them anywhere unless they know what to do with it.
Although I take things very seriously, I have a perspective on what is important in life. There is no point in being totally ambitious and arriving anywhere without friends, because you work in a team, on and off stage.
Life & Style blogs
What marriage would look like if we actually followed the Bible
Overly-controlling parents cause their children lifelong psychological damage, says study
What do the emojis on Snapchat mean?
Star Wars BB-8 droid toy is real, should be impossible
Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 250,000 back our campaign
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
- 1 President Obama leaves touching comment on Humans of New York photo from Iran
- 2 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
- 3 The Chinese city where men have 'three girlfriends because there are so many women'
- 4 German police forced to ask public to stop bringing donations for refugees arriving by train
- 5 Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: Do you get a buzz from thinking up new ideas a...
£14500 - £16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join ...
£7 - £8 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This expanding, vibrant charity which su...
£16500 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the South East's leading...