This entry is in response to a question, submitted by a student from JP McCaskey High School in Lancaster, PA. This student asks, “What led you to become an actor, and where do you envision your career going?”
As for where I envision my career going, there are many choices available to an actor. I would love to work more in the fields of film, voiceover, commercials, and television. These mediums, besides usually being more lucrative than the theatre, provide challenges and opportunities that aren’t available on stage. Ultimately, though, I would be happy to spend the rest of my career performing dynamic, interesting plays written by intelligent, gifted playwrights, on stage, in front of excited audiences. In the world of theatre, just like in life, it’s important to prepare for the unexpected. Some of the greatest successes in my life and career are experiences for which I didn’t plan. They came as a result of hard work, dedication, being in the right place at the right time, and being open to opportunities that I hadn’t previously considered. Some of the most exciting moments that happen on the stage are moments that are not planned; they are born out of creativity, experimentation, and risk. I have found that the same is true of life. So, while I will continue to dream, set goals, and strive to accomplish them, it is my great hope that life will continue to present me with the unexpected. I would never have guessed, five years ago, or even one, that I would be where I am today. But here I am, and I like the view. Although I have no way of knowing what the next 5, 10, 20, or even 50 years may hold, I will keep living my life and planning my career with this in mind: nothing but good can come from passionately pursuing the things you love.
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