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20 Questions With

Summer Broyhill

Born- Atlanta, GA
Lives- Astoria, NY
Occupation- Performer, Waitress, Sometimes Barre Trainer, & Lifelong Learner
Interviewed in
New York, NY

1. What's your happiest memory?

There was a layoff from Cinderella and when I got home, I'd been married for about 5 years. I had this moment of "we're through the woods, and it's great and now we'll be together forever."


2. What was your favorite TV show when you were a kid?

Gem and The Holograms.

3. If money didn't matter, what would you do for the rest of your life?

I already live my life as though money didn't matter, right? But yeah, travel and non-profits.

4. What three things couldn't you live without?

 Books, podcasts, and vegetables.

5. Best compliment you've ever received?

We get comment cards where I wait tables. These two people left a card after a lunch that they were so grateful that I was kind and they had just lost their father, so your sweet spirit meant a lot.

6. Toilet paper; over or under?

Under, it's just neater.

7. Have you ever taken an awesome road trip?

In college, my boyfriend and I drove from Tallahassee to Montana and stopped in Atlanta, in Memphis, in Colorado, and in Wyoming. I remember driving across KS and Tori Amos came on and I just started weeping.

8. What's your last meal?

BBQ Tempe, crispy Brussel Sprouts, Collard Greens, Potato and Avacado.

9. What would your super power be?

Seeing into the hearts of others to know their secret desire.

10. Who was your first crush?

Probably Jeremy Moles. We met doing community theater.

11. If you opened a store, what would you sell?

Vintage clothes, books and records. Maybe a care package with one of each where they're matched to eachother.

12. What are you most passionate about?

Music and Learning.

13. Are there any foods you hate?

Well, 20 year vegan, so meat and milk.

14. Are you a morning or a night person?

Mornings all the way. Mornings are sexy. You can putter around and read, and there are less people on the street. It feels like free time.

15. What's your favorite holiday?

It used to be New Years Eve, I like taking stock. But now, My Fucking Birthday.

16. What's the first thing you remember saving money to buy?

I remember the amount and the chores and store. It cost $27. I raked leaves and cleaned out the pool, all the weird things. The store was called My First Story. I think it was a series of books that were about ballerinas and figure skaters and such, and it came with a lockett in the shape of the theme. I think it was one of those books, or maybe a set.

17. What do you wish your 20-year-old self would have known?

If you are an artist, your career is scaffolding and your art is the building. Don't spend too much time on the scaffolding or your building will suffer. I wish I'd have known to keep doing all the things I enjoyed in the arts.

18. What do you like most about where you live?

I like that it's quieter than the city. And it's really multicultural. 

19. What's your middle name?


20. What's the best advice you've ever received?

Opening night of Hairspray on Broadway my dance captain said to me "You're going to fuck up, at some point you're going to get lost or not know where you are in the show and you shouldn't think of that as a failure. Your success as a swing is going to be in how you deal with those moments." I think that's good for life.

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