Friend a Day – Lauren Brabec
I don’t know how old Lauren was when she started coming to Dregs shows. I know she’s turning eighteen today and that freaks me out a little bit.
For along time, Lauren was just a kid who liked our music. Then she decided to try out for Vilification Tennis and I got to know her much better.
Think about this: she did an onstage tryout for an insult comedy show at the age of fourteen. And she won. That takes a tremendous amount of guts and no small amount of talent. She didn’t win because she was fourteen. She won because she did the best job on the stage that night.
Since then, she has continued to be a contributor to our cast. She doesn’t just contribute on stage. She helps come up with show ideas as well. I think it’s important that she’s become a part of our cast in every possible way.
She’s played the Chad/Lauren rocks more game with Chad for several years now and as an impartial observer, I have to say she has Chad beat. She regularly comes up with really original and clever ways to tell Chad he rocks more and all Chad can do is shake his head in defeat.
When someone is in a cast with a whole bunch of strong personalities who constantly give her crap for being the kid, it can be a challenge. That’s a tough position for anyone and weaker personalities would have given up. She doesn’t strike me as a quitter and that is a quality that will benefit her a great deal as she moves to the next part of her life.
Lauren is only eighteen. She has a lot more growing up to do but I’m impressed at how much growing up she has already done.
I’m glad that I’ve had the opportunity to watch Lauren grow into the young woman she is now. Lauren really does rock more.