Jenny Mollet is the JLo of Broadway. She can sing better than she dances, dance better than she acts, and act better than she sings, basically she's amazing at EVERYTHING. We've looked up to her incredible talent and hard work ethic our entire life and we can't wait to share her secrets with you...
What's one thing you believe in?
A cause I believe in is the act of kindness and which is also something I would like to change in the world. Nowadays, there is such a lack of empathy, compassion, and understanding and that is what we need to get back to. We need to listen more, not be so selfish, and pass on the generosity. It doesn't have to be grande gesture. It can be along the lines of sharing a smile with someone or giving a compliment. You never know what people are going through. Something as little as those things can make a big impact on someone who needs it and they will be able to pass it on to someone else.
Where are ya from?
I'm originally from Switzerland. However, I primarily grew up in New York and now currently live in New
If you had a friend visiting you, what would ya do?
That's hard 😅 because it is always something different. But I guess it would start off with getting a bite to eat (most likely sushi), then if the weather is nice I like to do something outdoors like go to the park, pool, beach etc., and see where the day leads us. It'll most likely end with us getting some dinner and then a sleepover!
What do ya do?
I am a professional performer (singer, dancer, actress). On the side I teach group fitness classes like Zumba, Zumba Toning, and PiYo.
What's your favorite thing to sing?
I don't necessarily call myself a songwriter (yet). I guess you can say I'm more of a lyricist and I just write whatever comes to my head but I need to trust myself more and my capabilities. I like to sing everything from musical theater, pop, classical, jazz, etc. But my favorite style to sing is classic rock. I do some stuff by Queen, Aerosmith, and Bon Jovi.
Do you have a routine before you set foot on a stage?
I don't have a set routine before I perform but I do have things that need to be done before I go on. Warm up (physically, vocally, and mentally), I like to have a little pow wow or a moment together with everyone who is involved in the performance, and finally before I go on I like to ground and center myself. Whether that be a quick meditation, just a few deep cleansing breaths, or just telling myself a quick positive affirmation. I feel these things really help me get situated for a performance.
Favorite experience performing so far:
My favorite experience performing so far has to be when I was doing the original Broadway production of "The Color Purple". To this day, there was nothing like it. Even though I was a child then, there was nothing like performing on a Broadway stage with such a unique and amazing cast and crew.
Dream place to perform:
There are so many venues I would love to perform at but one day I would like to take the stage at the Royal Albert Hall one day!
What's your go to audition song?
I don't think there is ever a perfect go to audition song. Are there songs that make you sound incredible? Yes. Are there songs that fit the criteria of what casting is looking for? Yes. I sort of base it off of those two things to find the "right" song for that specific audition. I always get called in for different things that ask for a specific style or type of song. I do make sure to have a variety of songs available and ready to go so I don't need to stress about learning a new song just before an audition. But the most important thing is to make sure that you feel great singing it and that it shows off your capabilities and what you as a person can bring to the table.
Any tips for people who struggle in dance auditions?
For those who struggle in dance auditions or who don't consider themselves as a dancer, I would say still go to those auditions. First off, you NEVER know what casting is looking for and maybe they like what they see. Also, it is a great way to learn from other people. Even though I consider myself an experienced dancer, I still use auditions and watching other people for inspiration. Also, take as many dance classes in different styles as you can. That is also another way to expose yourself and experience different genres.
How did you choose when it came time to decide on college?
I went to the University of Cincinnati: College Conservatory of Music (CCM). As cliche as it sounds, but I
just listened to my gut when it came to decision time. I was debating to between to schools (CCM being one of them) and I of course was weighing out my options, made a pros and cons list, and just trying to figure out what seemed like the best fit. When I went to visit CCM for accepted students weekend, as soon as I stepped foot into the building, I knew I had to be there. I felt everyone was very welcoming, open-hearted, and I felt as if everyone already knew me and also wanted to get to know me even more so, plus the top notch training.
We know you just graduated, what is it like to have a BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in psychology?
It's an incredible feeling to have graduated with a BFA in Musical Theater and a Minor in Psychology. It gives me a sense of pride and accomplishment. We all go through tough situations in life and I am no different. I went through a lot during college with my dad unexpectedly passing away among other things and there was a moment where I felt I wasn't going to make it because I needed to focus on myself to heal. But I pushed through and persevered and I knew my dad wouldn't have wanted me to give up on what I love most. He was my biggest supporter.
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