Lin-Manuel Miranda considers his various projects to be university courses.
The 41-year-old star finds it less intimidating to think of his workload as the different “courses” he studies and finds that it allows his different businesses to complement each other better.
Discussing directing ‘Tick, Tick … Boom!’, Writing music for ‘The Little Mermaid’ and filming ‘In The Heights’, he said, “You know what I’m doing. did, in fact? I was working Tick, Tick… preproduction and Mermaid at the same time, and at the same time Heights was filming. And the way I got excited was like, I’m back to college; these are just courses that I take.
“I’m doing an internship with Alan Menken [who wrote songs for’ ‘The Little Mermaid’, and worked on ‘Tick, Tick …’ pre-production]; I’m doing my Columbia history project [with ‘Hamilton’]. If I think of this as lessons and projects, they feed off of each other rather than saying “Oh my God, I have so much work to do”. I think it is a transversal program; I receive a very complete education.
But while working hard on his show ‘Hamilton’, Lin-Manuel had to focus intensely on the show.
He told The Guardian newspaper’s Saturday magazine: “Doing it every night has become my meditation. For two and a half hours, I only have one job. It saved me, because I couldn’t go to party, I couldn’t go to half of the things I was invited to; I was like, no, I have two shows on Saturday which kept me from losing my mind. Being in a Broadway show is like being a cook in a restaurant; they don’t care how much people liked it last night, it’s about tonight.
Working for Disney writing songs for “The Little Mermaid”, like with “Moana” is “super scary” because it will create such an impression on children.
He said: “With ‘Moana’ I was the last guy hired, and I was also working on ‘Hamilton’ at the same time, [and it is scary] because you know you are going on a playlist with [‘The Little Mermaid’s] “Part of your world”, and [‘Frozen’s] ‘Let it go’. It is a difficult company to integrate.