6 episodes

People talk about manifestation as a thing that you can just think into existence. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. When it comes to making your creative dreams come true, what really matters is putting yourself in a position to thoughtfully and intelligently take advantage of the opportunities presented to you. And sometimes these opportunities show up in very unexpected ways.

We’re Heather Vickery and Alan Seales, two perfect strangers who met by chance and embraced opportunity! Listen in as we chat with other successful people about the risks they took, and continue taking, to put themselves on a path to creative success. 

WAS IT CHANCE? The podcast about embracing opportunity and taking intentional risks for your creative life. 

Was It Chance‪?‬ Alan Seales & Heather Vickery

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    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

People talk about manifestation as a thing that you can just think into existence. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. When it comes to making your creative dreams come true, what really matters is putting yourself in a position to thoughtfully and intelligently take advantage of the opportunities presented to you. And sometimes these opportunities show up in very unexpected ways.

We’re Heather Vickery and Alan Seales, two perfect strangers who met by chance and embraced opportunity! Listen in as we chat with other successful people about the risks they took, and continue taking, to put themselves on a path to creative success. 

WAS IT CHANCE? The podcast about embracing opportunity and taking intentional risks for your creative life. 

    Josh Breckenridge: He Is Anything But Monotonous

    Josh Breckenridge: He Is Anything But Monotonous

    When chance met the thirst trap that is Josh Breckenridge the angels began to sing...
    Ok. Maybe not, but our hosts Heather and Alan fell in love with Josh and we’re pretty sure you will also!
    Josh Breckenridge is a Broadway superhero - otherwise known as a swing and standby. He’s currently working in Come From Away on Broadway and serving as a super hero for several different roles as well as the dance captain. This guy seriously does it all! Josh is also a musician who recently released a brand new album, Monotony, complete with music videos. The album explores life in quarantine during the pandemic and it’s so good!
    Last, but in our world, currently not least, Josh provided us with his own take of our signature song “Shut the F**K up Alan” and it is not to be missed! 
    Follow Josh on Instagram for updates on his career and incredible thirst traps. Find his music videos on YouTube and he’s also on Twitter and TikTok (@J.Breckenridge) so let’s show him all the Was It Chance love!

    Make sure to follow this podcast everywhere you find podcasts, leave a rating and a review, and slip into our DMs at @wasitchance.

    More about Heather via @vickeryandco and listen to The Brave Files


    More about Alan via @theatre_podcast and listen to The Theatre Podcast with Alan Seales



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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Drew Gasparini: From College Dropout to Broadway Composer

    Drew Gasparini: From College Dropout to Broadway Composer

    Meet Drew “F****n’” Gasparini.
    Get ready to be greatly entertained in this hilarious episode with composer and lyricist Drew Gasparini. Honestly, these show notes are hard to write because we had so much fun and talked about such a vast array of topics. You’re gonna have to listen to the entire thing folks, it’s just that good.
    From meeting his childhood hero, Marc Summers, and becoming BFFs, to proudly declaring that his newest Broadway project, “The Karate Kid - The Musical” is going to blow our minds - Drew’s lively personality draws you in over and over again. 
    Special thanks to Drew for his unscripted, and personal rendition of “Shut The F**k Up, Alan.” This little segment is quickly becoming a fan favorite (and Heather’s favorite!). 
    Don’t miss anything Drew is up to. Follow him on Instagram, and Twitter (seriously, follow him there and be nice!). Oh, and he shared his email address with us. Be sure to listen to the show if you want to connect directly with Drew, ask him questions, or collaborate with him. 

    Make sure to follow this podcast everywhere you find podcasts, leave a rating and a review, and slip into our DMs at @wasitchance.

    More about Heather via @vickeryandco and listen to The Brave Files


    More about Alan via @theatre_podcast and listen to The Theatre Podcast with Alan Seales



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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Steven Sater: Tony/Grammy/Olivier/Lortel/Drama Desk Award-Winning Awesome Guy

    Steven Sater: Tony/Grammy/Olivier/Lortel/Drama Desk Award-Winning Awesome Guy

    A chance encounter with Burt Bacharach led Steven Sater to collaborate on a decade-long project to produce a full length musical concept album featuring some of the industry's biggest artists. Now 93, Burt hasn't written anything for the stage since Promises, Promises in 1968. Steven felt drawn to Burt, this project, and their mission to explore what it's like to write love songs for couples after the "newness" of the relationships are over, and they've settled into their routines. This album is a must-listen, and this podcast episode is ... an even muster-listener.
    Find Some Lovers on Spotify, or everywhere you stream music: https://open.spotify.com/album/1tEyFYVH36zYUYfFK58gPN. List of featured artists include:

    Christy Altomare

    Kristin Chenoweth

    Lilli Cooper

    Auli'i Cravalho

    Santino Fontana

    Molly Gordon

    Jonathan Groff

    Jennifer Holiday

    Derek Klena

    Katrina Lenk

    Lea Michele

    Laura Osnes

    Ashley Park

    Graham Phillips

    Conrad Ricamora

    Colton Ryan

    Ari'el Stachel

    Ethan Slater

    Tracie Thoms

    Betsy Wolfe



    Make sure to follow this podcast everywhere you find podcasts, leave a rating and a review, and slip into our DMs at @wasitchance.

    More about Heather via @vickeryandco and listen to The Brave Files


    More about Alan via @theatre_podcast and listen to The Theatre Podcast with Alan Seales



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    • 53 min
    Erica Swindell: Lead Violinist / Concertmaster for The Eagles

    Erica Swindell: Lead Violinist / Concertmaster for The Eagles

    The broadway actress and lead violinist for The Eagles, Erica Swindell, gets straight to the heart of the matter of how taking a massive chance opened doors she actively tried to previously keep closed.
    She first picked up a violin at the age of three but after joining her high school theater program decided to pursue acting rather than music. That’s not, however, what fate had in store for Erica. While performing in Broadway Tour of Once, an unexpected audience member completely changed the course of Erica’s life. Who was the audience member? None other than Eagles founding member Don Henley. 
    Erica has long believed that embracing chance opportunities, taking thoughtful risks, and having a damn good time in the process is the key to success. 
    Make sure you catch all of the amazing things Erica is up to by following her at @ericaswindell and go see her light up the stage on The Eagels Runion Tour: https://eagles.com/

    Make sure to follow this podcast everywhere you find podcasts, leave a rating and a review, and slip into our DMs at @wasitchance.

    More about Heather via @vickeryandco and listen to The Brave Files


    More about Alan via @theatre_podcast and listen to The Theatre Podcast with Alan Seales



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    • 1 hr 13 min
    James Harkness: Navy Vet turned Broadway Actor

    James Harkness: Navy Vet turned Broadway Actor

    Actor James Harkness made his Broadway debut in Aida back in 2001 before moving on to productions such as Chicago, The Color Purple, Guys and Dolls, the Dreamgirls tour, and Beautiful. Now that Broadway has returned he resumed his role as Paul Williams in Ain’t Too Proud on Broadway. A navy veteran, James seized an unexpected opportunity and took a chance when he walked into a dance studio while on leave and forever changed the trajectory of his life.

    James shares how embracing chance, taking intentional risks, and learning to trust his instincts lead him to a beautiful and unintended career working alongside mentors such as Tiger Martina and Sergio Trujillo, and performing alongside some of the greatest in the arts, including John Legend, Julie Andrew and many others.

    Y’all don’t want to miss everything James is up to. Follow him at @iamjamesharkness and go see him in Ain’t Too Proud on Broadway right now: https://ainttooproudmusical.com/.


    Make sure to follow this podcast everywhere you find podcasts, leave a rating and a review, and slip into our DMs at @wasitchance.

    More about Heather via @vickeryandco and listen to The Brave Files


    More about Alan via @theatre_podcast and listen to The Theatre Podcast with Alan Seales



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    • 1 hr 13 min
    What is this about? Introducing "Was It Chance?"

    What is this about? Introducing "Was It Chance?"

    People talk about manifestation as a thing that you can just think into existence. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. When it comes to making your creative dreams come true, what really matters is putting yourself in a position to thoughtfully and intelligently take advantage of the opportunities presented to you. And sometimes these opportunities show up in very unexpected ways.

    We’re Heather Vickery and Alan Seales, two perfect strangers who met by chance and embraced opportunity! Listen in as we chat with other successful people about the risks they took, and continue taking, to put themselves on a path to creative success. 

    WAS IT CHANCE? The podcast about embracing opportunity and taking intentional risks for your creative life. 


    Make sure to follow this podcast everywhere you find podcasts, leave a rating and a review, and slip into our DMs at @wasitchance.

    More about Heather via @vickeryandco and listen to The Brave Files


    More about Alan via @theatre_podcast and listen to The Theatre Podcast with Alan Seales



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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

FoodDesires ,

LOVE THIS ENERGY!

This is one of the most refreshing podcast I have listened to! I love the fun banter you both share, your insights and the dedication to talking about intentional living. Also, HAMILTON is ALWAYS RELEVANT and we ALL keep her Hamilton Fan cards!!

BJ Strote ,

Yes, just yes.

This is silly and refreshing and just plain good for my soul. Hearing Alan and Heather find the intentional in the happenstance is all about taking back control of your life and choosing to live. I love this already and cannot wait for more.

Beezbuff ,

Great energy and insights

Thoroughly enjoy the interaction of the hosts, which is saying a lot. I have quit podcasts when the host energy is off. So much fun to listen to. The insight into life, choices, and what if? Highly recommend.

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