Episode 3-Blake McIver
This week on Hold the Drama we sit down with Blake McIver (The Little Rascals, Full House, The People’s Couch) and talk about the “spark of creation.” This multi-hyphenate shares his journey, which started at just 6 years old when he performed in front of millions and won the title of Star Search Junior Vocalist Champion. Now performing his critically acclaimed tribute show, Blake Sings Barbra, to sold out audiences across the country, Blake imparts his wisdom with us on what it takes to keep going, how important it is to “start where you are” and shows us how to do it with poise.
Blake McIver’s vast experience in the entertainment industry is derived from multiple disciplines. His creative accomplishments range from film and television to live theatre and the recording studio. Blake has succeeded professionally as an actor, writer, director, producer and recording artist.
Performing on network television at age six, Blake was always just as interested in what went on behind the camera as in front of it. His starring roles on hit series such as “Full House” and “Hey Arnold” led to feature films including “The Little Rascals” and gave him the opportunity to work with Steven Spielberg and Penelope Spheeris.
Appearing in the World Premiere of the hit musical, “Ragtime”, Blake’s love of musical theatre was ignited. Tony Award winning director, Frank Galati instilled in him a structure for mounting a production that Blake continues to use today.
While managing his own theatre company, YMTA, Blake directed a production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s “AIDA” at the Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center and produced the critically acclaimed production of “The Light in the Piazza” at the El Portal Theatre. Blake is also a graduate of UCLA.