Vixen Chat: ‘American Idol’ Alum Syesha Mercado Conquers Broadway


Which form of acting do you enjoy more? Broadway or film?

I love doing both Broadway and film. Film is a little different because sometimes you are only filming for two weeks and then you don’t see the production until months later. With Broadway, I think that the theater schedule is a lot more demanding on your voice and your body. Sometimes you are acting on a stage for weeks straight. You have to make sure you get a lot of rest because there is not much time between shows. There are no second chances on Broadway. You have one moment to be on stage and then you’re done. They’re really different, but I enjoy both of them.

What was your first film experience like?

I play the character Mia in the Lionsgate film Dreams. She’s an aspiring singer who struggles with personal family issues that hinder her from pursuing her dream of becoming a star. Marvin Winan Jr. showed interest in me doing the film. He wanted me to be a part of the movie and after seeing his vision and reading the story, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I fell in love with the script. It was my first film and I didn’t really know what to expect.

What are some professional goals you would like to accomplish in the new year?

I hope that we have a successful run with The Book of Mormon. Dreams is available on DVD now and I am really excited about that. I’m thinking positively about my future. I hope to be involved in more films and acting opportunities. I’m definitely  going to continue doing music and doing covers on YouTube. I recently began constructing a studio in my home where I can create whenever I get inspired. I am just really grateful to have been granted all these opportunities. It really has been a dream come true.


Press play to view a clip from the movie with Syesha’s character, Mia.