So basically, in your response to c0c0p0pss question what you're saying is it's not what you know it's who you know? As in, that's how your career was launched, because of your privileged position as opposed to merit?

carriehopefletcher:

No I don’t think that’s fair to say it’s not what you know it’s who you know in my situation because…when I left school…the whole reason I got offered a job working with Universal Records is because i wrote a musical. I don’t know many people who have done that, nor who can do that! From writing that musical I got to show off my songwriting and singing skills and also my people skills with the amount of meetings we had with important people. It was 4-5 years of seriously hard work and from that, someone who I got to know and became friends with who was the producer on the project, thought that I had the potential to do more than just behind the scenes stuff so he was willing to help me do that. He helped me meet agents…but even then I had to audition for 12 different agents all of whom I met alone and 11 of which said no. But the one who did say yes, actually originally said no, until they started watching my videos and heard me sing which they hadn’t actually heard before. It was then that they reconsidered, based on my voice and my personality. Not the recommendation of someone else. And from then, when I went into the audition for Les Mis, I was just another actress auditioning for the role of Eponine. They weren’t “into” YouTube nor did the fact I’m “Tom from Mcfly’s” sister crop up. I was in there for the length of time that the song On My Own lasts and I was out again and from that they gave me a recall. Not because of who I knew because I wasn’t recommended to Les Mis by a friend, I went in there as an auditionee sent from an agent like every other person auditioning and what I did in the room is why I get to stand on the stage of the Queen’s ever night. So no, it’s not who I know, what it comes down to is what I do and how well I do it. The same as every other person on stage with me each and every night. 

So, sure, without the help of certain people to guide me in the right direction it would have been a lot harder what with me having not gone to drama school but I got to know those people through working my arse off for almost five years, song writing and singing. Just because my career didn’t start with the conventional methods, that doesn’t automatically mean that it must be “who I know” that got me here because a lot of the time, even if you know the right people, if you aren’t good enough for the job, that’s very easy to see. 

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What makes you smile when you are sad?

carriehopefletcher:

Texts from my friends and the people I love. Baking! Making dragons. Usually being creative in some way perks me up! :) 

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Did you ever see Gavin Creel live, or meet him at the WhatsOnStage Awards or anything? :) xx

carriehopefletcher:

We’ve met a few times before as he went into Mary Poppins as Bert as I left Mary Poppins as Jane! My dad chaperoned the kids in that show too so I often saw him and said hello. As we worked for a while down the road from each other too, me in Les Mis and him in Book of Mormon, it’s hard not to bump into each other at events like WhatsOnStage and West End Eurovision and he’s always such a pleasure to talk to. He’s a rare breed! Always smiling and always such a joy! Couldn’t sing his praises enough!

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carriehopefletcher:

Thank you so much to the two lovely people who gave me this tin! #lifesavers !

carriehopefletcher:

Thank you so much to the two lovely people who gave me this tin! #lifesavers !

carriehopefletcher:

Frozen on Ice

THIS IS SO EXCITING! I WANT TO SEE THIS WHERE CAN I SEE THIS?!?!

I know that you're a large fan of metaphors and meanings behind things and stuff, so I was wondering: What does your arrow tattoo represent? I can't think of what it's there for. Surely you wouldn't just put a random arrow on your arm? Please could you enlighten me by telling me what it means? Thanks!

carriehopefletcher:

My tattoo is actually on my side, on my ribs, underneath my right arm so it can be covered by my bra when I’m in Les Mis! 

My last name is Fletcher.

And I liked the idea that the arrow is pointing forwards, the way I need to keep going! :) 

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Hi Carrie, If you say something in a video that a Hopeful disagrees with, would you rather them like the video and say they agree with you to make you like then or to fit in. Of would you rather they picked you up on what they disagree with and asked your reasons for saying that and why they disagree? Because I feel people should pick they favourite youtubers up on stuff they've said that they disagree with rather than just agreeing because they are a fan if that makes sense?

carriehopefletcher:

Oh my goodness I never want anyone to say they agree with something they don’t actually agree with just because they want to fit in or “be cool”…just in general let alone with me! But at the same time there is a respectful way to express the disagreement and start up a healthy discussion. I think it’s the difference between telling someone they’re wrong versus telling someone you don’t see it the same way! 

I think asking questions is the best way to do it. Ask them why they think that way or if they could explain and elaborate further on the topic because who knows, said YouTuber may not have explained it brilliantly in the video or it was just a passing comment that they didn’t explain further but when they explain in more detail it’s far easier to understand why they think that way, even though you may still not totally agree. It’s also a more intelligent approach, I think. Finding out exactly why someone thinks the way they do makes for better understanding of the situation and gives you more information to decided whether you agree or not and it also creates a discussion that other people can follow and join. Rather than just outrightly deciding you disagree before having heard all of the info or all of the explanation! 

But no I never want someone to just agree with me for the sake of ease but I also don’t want someone aggressively telling me how wrong I am when to could be all down to opinion! But if it’s something factual and I am wrong, I’m happy to have people respectfully tell me that and explain why and I’ll happily hold my hands up and admit I was a wally! :) 

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This may sound a bit stupid, but yes, there are understudies for major parts, but what do they do while the show is on and the person in the role is not on holidays and is not sick for a long period of time? Do they still attend? Do they get another job?

carriehopefletcher:

All covers also have roles in the show! So when a principal is off, the 1st cover will always be in the building unless they’re on holiday or sick, in which case the second cover will go on but there is always a principal cover int he building. When a cover goes on, a swing will slot into the role that the cover usually has in an every day show! :)

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