For the last three years, FFB has pretty much been a solo mission, with the exception of a few short blimps of magical help. The solo mission has been super rewarding, challenging, and necessary; helping me ground into the mission and intentions of this blossoming community and movement. Over the last year, I dove head first into understanding what it means to be a team, have a team, build a team… the whole bit. And I’ve put a lot of effort into manifesting and cultivating that team; my dream team.
This past summer, FFB welcomed Team Interns, Michelle Bailey and Ahren Victory, although I am more partial to calling them “angels”, “unicorns”, and “fairy sisters” than interns. I met both of these vibrant, magnetic gals within months of each other and it was clear that their heart and spirits were aligned with all things Fit for Broadway. I’ve been counting my lucky stars ever since. These two inspire me daily and leave their handprint little by little on everything FFB, especially the clubs they lead, “Broadway Joggers” & “Broadway Book Club“. So without further ado, meet the unicorn interns of FFB who have changed me for good.
Michelle: My definition of FFB is about being the best version of yourself. FFB is a community that inspires. It’s self love, it’s creativity, it’s experiences, it’s a lifestyle! Yes, being physically fit is so important for any artist – we are all athletes in our own way. But being present, joyful, and confident in ourselves is essential to live a full life. Fit for Broadway has opened up my eyes to a new family who embolden me and push me. Fit for Broadway is a safe space to explore and be yourself.
Jane: Broadway inspires you to BE…
Michelle: Broadway inspires me to BE kind. In every aspect of my life. It is so important to treat people with respect and love. Onstage and off, be honest and be gracious! Kindness is something that I aspire to always carry with me.
Jane: What are your favorite FFB workouts?
Michelle: I have a couple of favourite FFB workouts! I love to go for runs with my bf Noah in Central Park. He’s a speedy guy (which is a struggle at 7am lol), but our conversations help the time fly! We are training for our first half marathon in October. I also love barre, I am definitely an addict. I got certified in January and since then, I go around 5 times a week for class! If you’re in NYC check out my classes at an Exhale Studio!
Jane: What is your spirit animal?
Michelle: My FFB spirit animal is a fennec fox. I know, it’s totally random (and they are so strange haha) but when I was in theatre school we had an assignment to find an animal at the zoo who we connect with. The fennec fox was my animal, and still is!
Jane: Michelle, you’re the food queen on FFB. Can you share a recipe with us?
Michelle: My favourite FFB recipe?! That’s a loaded question. My go to it overnight oats! They are so simple and great for an audition morning!
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/2 vanilla almond milk
- Dash cinnamon
- Dash vanilla extract
- To top
- 1/4 unsalted roasted pecan pieces
- 1 full banana
- To top
Michelle: Run Club is a chance to get outside with our community and RUN! It was created to empower, challenge and celebrate ourselves. Showing up is the hardest part, but once you do – it’s a party! If you want to join, email email@example.com Everyone is invited, everyone is encouraged!
Jane: What’s your FFB emoji?
Michelle: My immediate response to this was EVERY EMOJI because Jane is absolutely obsessed. But if I had to choose only 1, it would be the red heart. I know this is a simple answer, but every time I leave an event, a meeting with Jane and Ahren or see a post about FFB, my heart is full! The amount of passion and love in this community is insane and I am so thankful to be involved with such an important group of individuals.
Jane: Who or what inspires you?
Michelle: These are all loaded questions!! Who inspires me? My Mom and Dad to be quite honest. They have provided nothing but love and support to my brother, sister and I. My mom quite literally sparkles with love, excitement and life! I am such a family gal and I have them to thank for that.
Jane: Let’s take a trip down memory lane… how did you become a member of the FFB Team?
Michelle: I think this is my favourite story ever. Last summer, I was in London for a couple of weeks. I would spend a lot of my days taking classes, seeing shows and exploring. That being said – Jane happened to be in London at the same time. One afternoon, I decided that I was going to sit in a cafe and (finally) email Jane on the FFB blog because it was something that really inspired me (And had for a while). I wanted to reach out to see if there was anyway to get involved. Just as I hit send on the email, I looked up from my computer, into a random London street, and JANE WAS WALKING BY. I didn’t know what to do!! In that moment, I left all of my belongings and ran out into the street and shouted “Hey Jane!” We had never met before, but we chatted quickly and decided to meet for a coffee the next day. From day one, our energies always seemed to mesh really well! I attended the next NYC event in the fall. From there, things just sort of clicked. And now I have the best intern position EVER.
CONNECT WITH MICHELLE: @MBAILZZJane: Your definition of “Fit for Broadway”💪
Ahren: For me, “Fit for Broadway” in its purest form is ‘vibrating higher’ and striving to be your best self while living your best life (which means all of you; body, mind, and spirit, because it’s all connected).
Jane: Broadway inspires me to BE _________ .
Ahren: Bold! To continue to BE Bold and take leaps of faith in order to explore outside of my comfort zone. I think I have both laughed and cried at each Broadway show I’ve attended so far…..Not just because the shows are incredible works of art but because the performers are so bold and fearless that it touches me in a very relatable way. When I leave the theatre I’m refreshed and re-inspired to be Bold and continue to go ‘Full-Out’ in the direction of my dreams!
Jane: Favorite FFB workout.
Ahren: Do I have to pick just one?????? I am obsessed with each and every work out I’ve done with FFB, but if I absolutely had to choose…..I’d have to say Beth Nicely’s Body by Simone workout! Her energy is so wonderful and motivating! Beyond that the class itself is so engaging you almost forget your muscles are working overtime. I was sparkling with sweat when the workout was over but I felt truly “Fit for Broadway”!
Jane: Your FFB spirit animal. 🐉
Ahren: Despite my love and adoration for doggies (and most wildlife), I’d say my spirit animal is a hybrid of a cheetah and eagle, a Cheagle! To start my 1st name’s meaning is literally an eagle or a bird; so it can have multiple meanings because I love to sing. And cheetahs, in addition to being speedy and smart, are also graceful and fearless. Something I want to always channel into auditions and my work!
Jane: An FFB recipe you love.
Ahren: I love Overnight Oats! They’re so easy to make and delicious! And with the city Hustle, you can prep them after a long day to have your breakfast ready to recharge for another full day of hustle. One of my favorites is a peanut butter and banana recipe (that could easily be adapted to almond butter or non-dairy milks, if you prefer).
All you need are chia seeds, oats, honey, milk, peanut butter, and bananas!
I love this recipe from Leelalicious.com!
- 1 Mason Jar
- 1 Cup rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- 1-2 tablespoons of honey
- Pinch of salt
- 1.5 cups of milk
- 2 sliced bananas
Jane: If FFB were an emoji which one would it be and why?
Ahren: <insert rocket ship & shooting star emoji> These emojis are used in the FFB blogs and emails and I think they’re amazing representations of FFB! Jane has created an amazing community through FFB that aims high and reaches for the stars!
Jane: Tell me about FFB Book Club.
Ahren: Book Club was inspired by the incomparable and enlightening Fit for Broadway workshops I have attended. Many of the mentors that spoke mentioned books they had read that changed the way they approach their life and/or career. So, the idea was born to select an inspirational and enlightening book that was suggested by someone living the dream, and create a safe space to share our perspectives once we’ve finished turning pages. Broadway Book Clubbers have 4 weeks to read the selected book, and then we all come together to discuss what really resonated within us! We even stream the discussion so that anyone reading from out of state or internationally can join in.
Jane: Who or what inspires you?
Ahren: Oh it is quite a long list….I would say my family for their support and love, many of the industry performers that I have met while in NYC, and of course, Jane Jourdan! But, I have to say that New York City definitely inspires me. I’ve been living in the city for a year, and I still wake up excited for what the City has waiting for me when I walk out the door. There’s so much vibrancy and the good energy is infectious if you know where to look for it.
Jane: How’d you become a team member at FFB?
Ahren: I came across Fit for Broadway about a couple years ago, and as a performer who enjoys inspiration where I can find it (and who always strives to be physically active) the vision of what FFB is, just clicked with me. When I finally moved to the city, I jete’d at the opportunity to attend a Fit for Broadway Workshop, and even though I had headshots scheduled for that same day, something within me knew I had to attend. My first FFB event was everything (and more) than I could have imagined and I left feeling so inspired and energized that I knew I had to hold onto that. So, my new goal (even before leaving the workshop) was to attend as many FFB events as I could, and I did! I am in awe of the community that Jane has created with FFB, and I wanted to be a part of the amazing energy that Jane makes so accessible. The rest as they say is history, I now assist with Broadway Book Club and events. It is exhilarating being able to contribute in my own little way and BE enlightened by FFB and Jane!
PS: Join the FFB clubs!! Email firstname.lastname@example.org