I am now able to do what I am truly passionate about, which is teaching and mentoring.
Amy Adams, 37, Voice Coach, American Idol Finalist (season 3) Birthplace: Kansas City, Kansas
How she got started: Adams first discovered her talent for singing when she was 10 years old, from there her mother encouraged her to try out for Star Search. While she sang beautifully, she wasn’t a great performer yet and did not make it. Later, she attended a performance at the Melodrama in Oildale, “Needless to say, I eventually found my strength in performing! That Melodrama stage is where the true discovery began,” she reminisced.
Her favorite part of the industry: Now that she’s off contract with “Le Rêve – The Dream” at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas, Adams admitted, “I am now able to do what I am truly passionate about, which is teaching and mentoring.” She can continue this passion through her new position as music teacher at St. Francis School and as a board member for Kern Dance Alliance.
Her heroes: Though she’s rubbed shoulders with celebrities like Jay Leno (on The Tonight Show) and Ryan Seacrest, she credits her mom Kimberly Walton as her hero, whom she says “has built me and influenced so much of who I am, and created the understanding of what it means to have a grateful heart.” She also listed boyfriend Ted King and local philanthropists Karen Goh and Cynthia Lake as being inspirations.
Career highlights: While she is widely known for being an American Idol finalist, she now runs Amy Adams Voice Studio, where she helps students “find their true voice and confidence and truly celebrate who they are and what they have to offer this world.” She’s also partnered with Garden Pathways to provide mentoring performing arts camps for Kern County youth.
What she’d still like to accomplish: Adams would love to continue her passion of making a positive difference in our community. Beyond that, she would eventually like to open up a “professional playhouse” where SAG-AFTRA, Actors Equity Association (AEA) members can “continue perfecting their craft, while providing talented Bakersfield actors the opportunity to work within a space close to home to attain professional industry status and give the community another option for entertainment.”