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Conversations with Mary Beth Eversole

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mary Beth Eversole. 

Hi Mary, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’ve been performing and creating all of my life so that part of my business has been going on as long as I can remember. I started teaching private voice and piano lessons while I was finishing up my undergrad in opera and theater performance at UMKC in Kansas City, MO. Once I graduated, I moved back to Colorado (I had started my undergrad at University of Northern Colorado before transferring to the Conservatory at UMKC) and worked various jobs, and performed with many of the theater groups around Northern Colorado, as I built up my private music and acting studio in Fort Collins, CO. While getting my Master’s degree at CSU, I had several health issues including an autoimmune disorder that let to the loss of my voice as I knew it for about a year. Losing the instrument that I identified my performing career with was devastating. I had to pivot and figure out how else I could keep performing without being able to sing as I had before. I turned to voiceover first, taking an initial class at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and shortly after making a demo, I landed my very first gig with iHeart Radio in Fort Collins, a gig that would last for almost 10 years! From there, people, including my students, kept encouraging me to pursue the acting side of my abilities further. One student, in particular, kept telling me I should move into film and television. So, I started taking a film acting class in Denver. After a couple years of training there, I realized I wanted to give it a go in Los Angeles because I was starting to get auditions for things out there. So, my husband, myself, and our 5 kitties moved out to a one-bedroom apartment in LA. We lived there for 6 years! While there I got to do some amazing things, including being directed by people like George Clooney! I did a lot of background roles, then started being bumped up to featured roles, all while pursuing larger roles through my agents and self-submission. I landed some pretty big roles including a starring role in a feature film now on Amazon, and a guest-starring role in Lifetime’s “My Crazy Ex”, among many other smaller roles in films and a few tv shows. I also began to write and produce my own content. I created a cooking show with the topic of bringing everyone to the same table regardless of food allergy restrictions called “Allergy Actress Cooking”. It was the question I always got asked while on set- “why do you always bring your own food?”. Part of my autoimmune disorder is unexpected anaphylaxis and multiple severe food allergies, so I always have to be careful with what I eat. My acting coach in LA said when creating your own content, make it about something you know a lot about. So, Allergy Actress Cooking was born. I successfully did 2 seasons on YouTube, growing from just me and my phone camera in my kitchen in season 1 to a small professional crew in an upgraded kitchen with guests to interview in season 2. Running a successful crowdfunding campaign helped me be able to hire that crew and buy the equipment needed. Another aspect of content creation, for me, came through screenwriting and eventually directing. I started by writing a short film about my personal experiences with an eating disorder and body dysmorphia caused by trauma and the PTSD I experienced later in life. I launched another crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to shoot the short film, and in the process, people started writing their stories of trauma, coping, and healing to me. I realized the film needed to be turned into a series. Thus, my largest written project to date, “Invisible Wounds” a limited tv anthology series, came to fruition. This project is a “life project” as some call it. Meaning, it’s still a work in progress and will take a few more years to finally get it made because I want it made right, giving respect to the stories and paying the crew and cast what they deserve. It’s a project I hope to shoot here in Colorado. As for teaching, the entire time I taught in Los Angeles, I was still teaching my Colorado students virtually. When the time came for my husband and I to move back to Loveland, I had a thriving virtual and in-person studio and a growing performing career in film and tv. Once back in Loveland in 2019, I hit the ground running by partnering with La De Da Performing Arts in Fort Collins to create the film department. I built it from the ground up with much success. At the time the pandemic hit, I had several classes going at La De Da, my private studio now called The Eversole Music & Acting Studio had students from all over the country, I was booking more theater, commercials, and film here in Colorado than I booked in LA that last year I was there, and I was writing A LOT. In the pandemic years, I was able to write, produce, and direct (safely)5 commercials I wrote for La De Da, 5 short films I wrote, and I directed an educational film for the City of Loveland and The Lincoln Center. I acted in 2 feature films, multiple commercials, and multiple voiceover gigs, and I completed my first novel. I also grew my teaching studio even more, expanding to other states in the US and even Italy! Having taught virtually for many years prior to the pandemic, I didn’t have a learning curve when everything went virtual, and I consider myself very lucky and am grateful that the week everything shut down, it was mostly business as usual for my studio. Currently, everything regarding my businesses can be found under my LLC, MBE Productions, including The Eversole Music & Acting Studio. I feel so grateful to be able to bring more film and tv to the great state of Colorado and to be able to continue to be a part of helping students learn their own capabilities with music and acting. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Absolutely not lol. As I mentioned, my autoimmune disorder, called Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, caused me to fall ill many, many times. Frequent hospital visits and a few ICU stays put my husband and I into financial stress for many years. Losing my voice for the time that I did was a huge blow to my career and my confidence, but now that that is under control and my medical team has discovered a treatment that works, things are so much better. My singing voice is back and in the process of relearning how to sing and speak, I discovered new mediums I fell in love with, along with so many fun voices for voiceover animation, and I discovered that I could belt with ease, something I’d always struggled with before. Being in an industry where your next gig is never a guarantee made work and personal life even more stressful and I had to become a master at rolling with the punches and pivoting when obstacles got in my way. However, I have always persisted, knowing this performing arts career I love is a marathon, not a sprint, and ultimately, I have gotten to do more things and meet more amazing people than I ever even imagined possible. I discovered so many things about my abilities and other’s abilities that I never would have pursued had I never lost my voice or had those health battles. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a bit of a jack of all skills. My expertise lie with performing and teaching voice, piano, and acting in both stage and on-camera. I am a writer of screenplays and prose, and in recent years I have moved more into the filmmaking side of things by producing and directing my own content and being paid to direct other’s projects as well. I have written or acted in many award-winning films. My students have won awards for their performing, and made it several rounds in competitions including American Idol and The Voice. I have students who have successful careers in Hollywood and NYC, and others who take lessons merely for the enjoyment of being able to do something artistic. I teach all ages and find that one of my specialties is working with students who battle with performance anxiety. I plan to launch an online course later this year that will teach the basics of the instrument to students who are too scared to take lessons or have experienced trauma from lessons/performing in the past while helping them to build a “toolkit” to help them gain confidence and the ability to play/sing/act in front of others with less fear. I believe I bring a willingness to play, to explore, and to collaborate to the table of any project I am a part of. I have a strong work ethic and am proud of the art I have the honor to be a part of. 

Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
My desire to tell the stories that need to be told and my ability to work on things until they are complete. My persistence and work ethic. My love of storytelling. 

Pricing:

  • $125 for 4 30-minute lessons
  • $187.50 for 4 45-minute lessons
  • $250.00 for 4 60-minute lessons
  • Acting- depends on the project and what they can offer.
  • Directing-$500 for pre-production plus $200 daily rate for filming.

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Image Credits
Kelsey Edwards
Richard Bonsall
John Hunt
Arcadian Pictures

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