Tim Federle (by Rex Bonomelli)
In our February issue (in subscribers' hands now and on sale online), we got dancer-turned-author Tim Federle to spill the beans about making the transition from the stage to the page. If you read his debut novel Better Nate Than Ever (DS's April 2013 "Pick of the Month"), you know that Tim's writing is not only laugh-out-loud funny, but is also full of heart and inspiration for anyone who's ever felt like an outcast. To celebrate the release of sequel Five, Six, Seven, Nate!, Dance Spirit is giving away 10 copies of the brand-spanking-new book.
But before you enter, check out this oh-so-adorable video trailer for Tim's books (that just happens to feature DS "You Should Know" Jared Parker aka Nigel in Broadway's Matilda).
Wait! That's not all. In addition to his hilarious article in February Dance Spirit, we also asked Tim to share his best advice for young dancers finding their way in the world. Here's what he said:
I had just under a billion mentors in my life, so here’s me giving you some advice: Don’t worry about agents, or head shots or your "career." Worry about being nice, and worry about perfecting your technique. That’s it.
Oh, also, be careful what you Instagram. Seriously. When I was a kid, your reputation only started when you graduated high school. Now, your reputation starts the minute you take a selfie at a funeral. Be smart. Be discreet. And go read a book or something while you’re at it. Better yet: write one!
OK, now you should really read the February issue and enter the giveaway for a copy of Five, Six, Seven, Nate! Trust us, you'll love this book.
Last February, Tim Federle's debut novel, Better Nate Than Ever, hit bookstores. The Dance Spirit editors were charmed by Federle's witty, authentic tale of an awkward small-town boy who dreams of making it on Broadway. And it's no wonder Federle's protagonist, Nate, was so relatable: Just like Nate, Federle moved to NYC to pursue a professional dance career on the Great White Way. He danced in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Gypsy and The Little Mermaid on Broadway, and worked on the choreographic team of Billy Elliot: The Musical before switching his focus to writing. To celebrate Better Nate Than Ever's sequel, Five, Six, Seven, Nate!, DS asked Federle to tell us about his transition from dancer to novelist. We'll let Tim take it from here. —Rachel Zar