Austin’s Janet Adderley: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

August 9, 2023
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Janet Adderley. Photography by Alfonso-Hollingsworth of Gold Note Music, Inc.

Janet Adderley, a Houstonian turned Los Angeleno turned Austinite, is a force to be reckoned with these days. She continues to help make the world a more entertaining place with The Adderley School of Performing Arts where thousands of toddlers, kids and teenagers have found a passion for musical theatre and a belief in their own abilities since 1993. Here, her longtime pal Lance Avery Morgan gets up close and personal to see what makes Adderley tick.

Janet Adderley. Photography by Alfonso Hollingsworth of Gold Note Music, Inc.

The best career advice I’ve received is… “Say YES!” & “Strike while the fire is hot” both from Cicely Tyson when we worked together on a T.V.series, Sweet Justice.

Three qualities that got me where I am today are…Grit, gratitude, and perseverance.

The moment I felt I’d made it…Not yet.

Change I’d like to see in my industry…More government funding of youth arts education.

How I made my first dollar…As a singing cocktail waitress at the Windmill Dinner Theatre in Houston. I was a barnstormer with Dennis Quaid as a singing and dancing partner.

Last thing I binge/marathon watched…Shrinking.

First album I bought was…Stevie Wonder’s Songs In The Key Of Life.

Florence, Italy. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

If I could live in a foreign city it would be…Florence because of all the glorious art, food, culture, and easy access to other great cities in Europe.

What everyone/woman should try in her lifetime is…Singing out loud on stage.

Book that left a lasting impression on me…The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion.

One thing I am exceptionally good at that most might not know is…Decorating homes and styling friends.

If I could compete in an Olympic sport it would be…Volleyball.

Classic designer I feel was still designing today…Coco Chanel. She was simply the best.

The beauty essential you’d have to pry out of my cold, dead hands is…Sisley All Day Anti- Aging Essential Moisturizer.

An object I would never part with is…My Navratna ring from Jaipur.

The best gift I have received is…true friendship.

My favorite street in the world is…Champs-Elysées in Paris.

The last meal that truly impressed me was…Dinner at Tre Lune Ristorante in Montecito, California.

Courtesy of Tre Lune Ristorante, Montecito, CA.

My perfect day would begin…A nice long walk on Lady Bird Lake with my yorkie,Winston.

Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

My perfect day would end…With my feet up and a very dry Grey Goose Martini: bruised, one olive and a lemon twist.

In my fridge you will always find…Water.

On my tombstone it will say…I’m so glad we had this time together.

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