by Brydon Brett
A lot of people ask what a typical day is like for a family in show business. Honestly, it’s a lot of fun but it can also get pretty crazy. By and large, what you see is what you get with our family. What we are on stage isn’t too much different than what we are off stage, except dad doesn’t do pirouettes off stage. He doesn’t do pirouettes on stage either. Point made. Anyway, we do have a pretty hefty schedule. Of course our schedule changes depending on whether we’re on the road, in Branson show season, or whatever, but here’s a small peek at what a typical Branson day is like in the life of a 26 year-old Brett who lives in his parents’ basement.
6:00 a.m. – I’m awake at this time but some people in the house are up earlier. I do personal morning devotional, book-writing, and personal study things.
7:00 a.m. – Family scripture study and prayer.
7:15 a.m. – A little piano practice, some dance practice, and a little vocal training. Some mornings I have to get up and do promotionals or other work-related things.
8:15 a.m. – Shower (yes I do) and get ready for the day (I continue vocal warm ups in the shower – everyone in the house loves it), eat breakfast, continue listening to something educational on my iPod or something like that.
9:00 a.m. – Arrive at the theater to get ready for our morning show, curl my hair, etc. I always help greet all of the groups that come to the show in buses, which is a lot of fun.
9:45 a.m. – Onstage for pre-show festivities.
10:00 a.m. – Onstage dancing and singing and stuff like that.
12:00 p.m. – Saying goodbye to friends and fans, signing autographs ($5 per letter), taking pictures, etc.
12:45 p.m. – Get backstage, clean up my dressing room, get dressed in civilian clothes or do like video shoots and stuff. A lot of times we’ll have promotionals or video shoots or rehearsal-related stuff right after the show, but most of the time I just have to clean up and get everything ready for the show the next day.
1:00 p.m. – Most of the time I take lunch, but some times I forget. I’ve got to do better on that one this year.
2:00 p.m. – I’m up in the office to help with sales and marketing activities, production stuff, or anything else that is required to run the business side of things. Music business is often a lot more about business than about music. A lot of the time there will be other promotional activities and performances to do in the afternoon. It just depends on the day.
3:00 p.m. – We try to rehearse in the afternoon a few times a week. So, if we do, this is the time we normally do it.
5:00 p.m. – Back in the office trying to take care of all the work I didn’t get to earlier. There’s always like eight hours of work to try to do in three or four hours every day.
7:30 p.m. – We’re trying not to work past 7:30 this year, but it hasn’t been working so well since we had to get ready for a big tour, we’ve been trying to launch this new website, and all the other projects we have on the plate. Once again, it just depends on the day. If we’re on the road, then this is the time of night we’re typically doing shows and we’re traveling all throughout the day. If I get to come home at this time, then I have dinner with the family. For me, pretty much every night of the week is scheduled with family night, music lessons, songwriting sessions, youth night (I’m a youth leader in our church) or other projects that I’m trying to get done. I like to keep anxiously engaged in doing good things and make stuff happen. I also like to chill out and watch a movie with the family if time allows. I’m a big fan of family time (away from the stage and the office).
10:00 p.m. – This is my ideal bed time. How many times have I been able to make it this year? Not a good question to ask. I’m working on it. Most of the time I’m saying my evening prayer and getting in bed a little after 11:00 p.m. and then I start everything all over again the next morning.
Again, depending on the day or time of year we might be doing video shoots, recording sessions, radio interviews, traveling or any number of cool things. I never imagined myself having this kind of lifestyle, but I wouldn’t trade it. No sir. The coolest thing about Branson is that it still allows you to have a great family lifestyle and be in show business at the same time. We do quite a bit of touring but it’s not like we’re on the road all of the time and we don’t get to see our family. We can’t get away from our family! 🙂 That’s actually the best part about it – that I get to do this with my family. It’s extremely rewarding. So, anyway, that’s about it on the typical day thing. Nothing glamorous, but I like it. I’m just a regular old dude, 26 years-old, living in my parents’ basement. No big deal.