How does your day start on opening night?
Shannon Chan-Kent: I’m an early riser and typically wake up anywhere between 5:45 and 7:30 a.m. As soon as I’m up, I make myself some roasted dandelion tea and drink about a litre of water. And then, I make myself a coffee.
What about pre-show jitters? Do you still get them?
SCK: I feel nerves with every single show—opening night especially. But I also feel ready for the challenge. The next step is to get in front of the audience to play for and react off of them.
What foods do you eat to fuel you throughout the day?
SCK: I drink a lot of green juice and always feel invigorated after I drink it. I make this açaí bowl—a bunch of açaí and mixed berries, Chinese root powder, moringa leaf, chaga mushrooms, protein powder—and blend it up with almond milk. That makes for a big breakfast, so it most often tides me over until lunch.
What are some of your pre-show rituals?
SCK: Sometimes I do yoga, and sometimes I will walk the stage and do warm-ups. I do a vocal warm up in my dressing room using a drinking straw to reset my vocal chords. I also sing scales.
How do you celebrate after the curtains close?
SCK: I go home, sleep, and prep!
Shannon Chan-Kent completed her Masters of Opera at UBC, where she also finished her undergraduate degree in Opera as well. In addition to her voice acting career (My Little Pony), she is also an opera singer (Soprano). Shannon has performed with the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra and Vancouver Opera, as well as with local theatre companies.