All it took for Portales resident Amy Carter, 17, was one singing contest and one visit to a play and she was hooked.
Performing became Carter’s life with the local teen sensation singing at the annual Floyd Jamboree concert every year for 10 years, singing the National Anthem at numerous local sports functions and performing in every Portales High School play she can.
Who is the music artist that you admire and why?
I love Muse. They’re a British alternative rock band. They are my favorite band. Their lead singer is Matt Bellamy and he can hit notes higher than I can for long periods of time and he is an excellent musician all the way around.
I think the only instrument he can’t play is drums. I can’t play instruments at all.
What are some of your other passions/interests?
My brother is a film major and we’ve been making movies for about five years now; short films.
I really love film and I want to start acting for film but I’m going into theater for my major in college.
I’m doing a musical next weekend, the “Little Shop of Horrors.”
If you could sing with any music artist in the world, past or present, who would it be?
That one is hard. I love the Beatles, so the Beatles would be really great, but I feel I would mess them up being in the mix.
I guess present would be Idina Menzel. She was in “Frozen” recently, but she was also Elphaba in “Wicked.”
What’s your favorite memory involving your family?
Always stuff with my brother. We’re really close. We weren’t close at all until I hit high school. He was a senior and I was a freshman. Up until then, we didn’t talk and we thought the other one was awful (laughs).
Then he had to start driving me to school and we realized we liked all the same music and we hung out with the same type of people, so we started hanging out after that. We’ll get drinks and go on drives around town. And we make movies together.
What will you do after graduating high school in May?
I got accepted into Santa Fe University of Art and Design. I find out in a week or so if I can go scholarship-wise and if not, I will go to Eastern for a year then transfer to a musical theater school in Oklahoma.
What is your favorite genre of performance and why?
I just love the environment that musical theater creates. I’ve noticed the cast gets along more than they do in regular plays and that’s why I like theater and film. It’s not because I appreciate the art form, which I do, but I like the people in it. It’s just a much more team-oriented thing than most jobs.
What makes you enjoy performing so much?
I think I enjoy performing because when I was little, we (she and her friends) were big nerds, so we wanted to be in “Star Wars;” we wanted to be in Sherlock Holmes; we wanted to be in everything, and so, I think it’s just me being immature wanting to be a fictional character (laughs). It’s just fun to be not you.
What made you get involved in theater?
I started doing high school plays when I was in sixth grade with the “Sound of Music.” I fell in love with it. And what got me involved with that is before that, I had never seen a play before, because my parents aren’t really into plays. They’re more sports kind of people. I saw “Oliver” when they (the high school) did it and I fell in love with it, so I auditioned for the “Sound of Music” and I never got out of theater again.
If you settle could anywhere in the world, where would it be?
London, in a heartbeat. It sounds really weird but I love that everything is so old. My friends call me an old lady, because I drive a really old car and I have a doily in the back seat. I love old brick and old wrought iron architecture and I love old Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper stories.
— Compiled by staff writer Alisa Boswell