Amanda Roit

Sheesh – some of these artists make me think I’ll never do enough! Amanda Roit – at only 11 years old, has already taken on starring roles in major theatrical productions… including two at the same time (she played the lead in Annie and Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz)! Now the young artist is focusing on music along with her beyond-her-years acting skill, releasing the poppy “Stayin’ Up All Night” on YouTube. Check it out – if you’re young or young at heart, it’ll definitely lift your spirits. Roit has yet to hit her teenage years, so no doubt – expect some really huge things for this little artist. There’s a lot more to get into, so keep reading for all the answers to the XXQ’s.

XXQs: Amanda Roit

PensEyeView.com (PEV): At only eleven years old, and already more accomplished than most other, how would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others in your genre?

Amanda Roit (AR):  I definitely have a Pop/upbeat sound and I believe that I have gotten to where I am today by hard work and constant practice.

PEV: What kind of music are you into now? Who is your main influence?

AR:  I love Pop music the most... and my main influences are Whitney Houston and Celine Dion.

PEV: Even though you are eleven, what was it like for you when you first started out?

AR:  At first I was nervous about making mistakes... but my self-confidence has grown over the years.

PEV: Do you remember the first time you thought to yourself – “I am really onto something!”?

AR:  Yes, I do remember... and it was very exciting.  I only hope to think that thought more and more in the coming years.

PEV: What can fans expect from a live Amanda Roit performance – be it theater or music?

AR:  If my fans are coming to see me perform or listening to my songs they should expect to have fun and certainly dance a lot.

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage to perform?

AR:  When I step on stage to perform I remind myself to have fun and be myself.

PEV: Any preshow rituals before going on stage or do you just wing it?

AR:  My pre-show rituals include warming up my voice with certain vocal exercises and going over any lines (if acting) that I may have been having trouble memorizing.

PEV: What was the underlining inspiration for your musical career? Where do get your best ideas for songs?

AR:  Since childhood I have loved to sing, I come from a very musical family; I get my best ideas for songs from life experiences.

PEV: Tell us about your debut original song, "Stayin’ Up All Night". What can fans expect from this work?

AR:  “Stayin’ Up All Night” is about my most recent sleepover birthday party with my best friends; fans can expect a song to sing along with and dance to.

PEV: Do you ever find yourself getting writer’s block and if so, how do you get over that?

AR:  Sometimes I get writer’s block and if I do, I step away from my notepad and come back to it once my head is cleared.  (Sometimes I just need to take a break and hang out with my family... and then my ideas come back to me.)

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about Amanda Roit?

AR:  I am not a morning person; I like sleeping in.

PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music was going to be a career for you?

AR:  Yes, when I was younger and would put on shows for my family – I have always loved performing and when my family reacted to my performing with such support, I knew I wanted singing/acting to be my life.

PEV: What one word best describes Amanda Roit?

AR:  Driven.

PEV: How is life as a singer and actress? Best and worst parts?

AR:   I love singing and acting because I get to do what I am most passionate about; sometimes memorizing lines is tough.

PEV: Your stage debut came in the LISMA productions of Hairspray (Tracy Turnblad) and Wizard Of Oz (Dorothy) in 2009 and 2010. What was that experience like?

AR:  Playing Tracy and Dorothy were both amazing and different experiences; I feel lucky to have played two different characters, (which both have so much range), in such a short period of time – it was challenging and fulfilling.

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career?

AR:  My family and friends are all very supportive of my career decisions.

PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

AR:  I am constantly practicing my craft.  I also love working/playing on the computer.

PEV:  Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

AR:  ME, haha.  Really though, there are so many talented young musicians, it is tough to single out one.

PEV: If you weren’t playing music or acting what do you think you would want to do as your career when you get older?

AR:  I would always need singing and acting in my life so if I could not perform I would teach (both singing and acting).

PEV: So, what is next for Amanda Roit?

AR:  To keep working toward my dream of becoming a full-time singer/actress.

For more information on Amanda, check out www.amandaroit.com and on YouTube

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