Sometimes, I miss the world of random fact memes. You could learn so much about people without actually talking to them!
To go back to those simple days, I thought I'd bring back an old social media classic and tell you a little bit more about me, Amber Petty.
I was born in Arizona but grew up in Washington State.
My favorite fruit is raspberries. Side fact: if Los Angeles has one thing over New York, it's the quality of their produce. I never had a worthwhile pint of raspberries in New York and in LA, I get them year round. Oh the bounty!
I skipped 7th grade (but still had to take 7th grade health)
I lived in a windowless room for three years. No, it's not some scary Room-esque story, it's the reality of Manhattan living.
In second grade, I spoke in an Irish accent all day to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Miraculously, I was not beaten by my fellow students.
Once, I cranked up my "Phantom of the Opera" tape to drown out the Spice Girls concert my sisters were watch. I was very cool.
I beat Donald Glover, aka Grammy winner Childish Gambino in a freestyle rap battle. Granted, it was a rap battle for comedians, but I still won. What I have not won - a Grammy Award.
By the age of 3, I wanted to be a singer.
At six years old, I wanted to be an actress. I was torn between two loves, singing and acting. Thankfully, my first grade angst was ended when my mom told me that Barbra Streisand did both, so I could do both as well.
I've been paid to perform in the Seychelles for a mysterious rich guy.
I've been paid to do improv for drunk college students at a midnight party. The show ended when the entirety of the audience left the building.
My first voice lesson was in 1994.
I've never been listed in any kind of "Best of..." list.
I got severe laryngitis the day I was supposed to record my songs for an Off-Broadway cast album. I thought I'd be replaced and my dream of being on a cast recording was over. As I croaked and cried over the phone to my producer to let her know my voice was unrecordable at the moment, she simply said "we'll do it another day." Thankfully, with the help of rest and steroids, I was able to record my songs the following week.
My favorite movie, by far, is This is Spinal Tap.
My dream role is Mrs. Lovett from Sweeney Todd.
In Chinatown NYC, a karaoke bar full of people chanted my name after I sang Celine Dion's version of "All By Myself."
I was 19 when I started teaching Voice and Speech at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.
Moving from Puyallup, WA to New York City was not a hard adjustment for me. Moving from New York City to Los Angeles at 30 was incredibly hard. It was like I moved to Mars
I think Burbank is far superior to Hollywood. That's probably not a real hot take, but it's how I feel.
My favorite song to sing is "Skyfall" from Skyfall as sung by Adele. Second place is "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid.
I walked down the aisle to a pretty piano version of "Penny for Your Thoughts" from Waiting For Guffman.
I graduated with a 3.9 GPA. It always bugged me that it wasn't a 4.0. In college, I had a 3.5. I was over it by then and fine with my lack of consistent As.
My high school boyfriend broke up with me after I kissed him on the cheek. He said he wasn't ready for a "physical relationship."
The word "amber" means "a jewel" and "petty" means "of little importance." Basically, I'm a worthless jewel!
There's your 25 random facts. Honestly, if you've read through all these, you probably know more about me than many of my friends.
So, if you're thinking of starting singing lessons, you won't be crooning to a stranger, you'll be singing to a friend!
To find out more random facts or ask some more pertinent questions about how to sing with confidence, schedule a free call. For 15 minutes, I'll go over any of your concerns or even give a mini-lesson to demonstrate how the world of online voice coaching works.