22 Aug 2017
How did you discover your passion for music and theater?
As a student who struggled to learn English in my first few years in elementary school, acting was the last thing that crossed my mind. When my fourth-grade teacher required every student to be in the class production of ”Macbeth,” I bluntly told her that she would have to pay me to be on stage in front of a bunch of parents and students. Little did I know, that getting that chance to perform for the first time completely changed my life, and I haven’t looked back since.
Over the many years of learning, acting has been both rewarding and frustrating. Rewarding in that it has given me a sense of fulfillment that can be elusive for many. It can also be frustrating; not only because of how many hours you have to put in, but because of the level of focus and dedication it takes to make meaningful art. As I spent more time in the theater, I started to pick up on tricks to balance both time and focus.
Why did you pick the University of Southern California?
When it came time to choose a university, I looked specifically at programs that offered a double major program. It’s not that I wasn’t set on acting, it was that I felt the need to pursue both of my passions, acting and economics. I was also looking for a school that had a relatively small drama department, one where I could get the individual attention needed in order to push myself to the next level. University of Southern California was one of two universities that fit this absurdly specific criterion.
What has been your favorite part of USC?
After two years, USC has been everything that I could have hoped for. Highlights have included working with my fantastic professors and memories from Greek life and other student organizations that have been so valuable to my college experience. But my favorite part has absolutely been getting the chance to act in four really amazing productions. Being able to collaborate with such open-minded people towards achieving one goal is such a fulfilling and rewarding experience, and being able to do that on a college level has been even more rewarding for me.
Where do you imagine yourself in 10 years?
In a few years I hope to be doing something that is both artistically fulfilling and logistically challenging, whether it’s acting, or even producing, directing or running some kind of theater company. Storytelling is such an important aspect of human life, and I hope to be able to share this sort of art with the rest of the world.