I told myself that if all else failed I would go to Columbus, because Columbus has an incredible, saturated theatre scene. I came to Columbus and got an apartment here like two streets down in the Short North. Just a little dinky hole in the wall. Honestly, it was probably one of the best decisions I’ve made. The goal was to build a resumè. No matter what that was. This community is so welcoming and so good to new actors and people who want to give acting a try. I don’t know what your experience has been like, but this place is great. Ohio’s always my home, and Eli kept telling me how great a community it was. This place felt so big when I moved here. If anything, this would definitely be the best place to get a start, get used to city living, get used to theatre and film. I think it’s a good foundation, a first step. At least it was for me.
That’s the best part about Columbus. Before I moved here, I thought that the focus would be just acting. This is what I’m going to do, this is how I’m going to do it, and I’ll do it for a while and then I’ll move on. However, I found that there’s so much more to it. These crossovers in art forms, these collaborations between theatre companies. Everyone seems to not just know everyone, but support one another. You get more art done that way.
This community wouldn’t be what it is without the passion and the drive. I couldn’t imagine being able to focus on anything more than acting if I were in a bigger city. You just need laser focus. Here, the city’s not quite big enough yet that the theatre companies are far away. I hope it never gets to the point where they are separated, because that’s the best part about Columbus. My girlfriend works at CCT, now I work at CATCO. It’s so interesting to make connections between different theatres. I know Short North Stage does Dark Monday, where all the theatre companies come together and perform just a highlight piece from their season. That’s awesome. There’s this thing called the Jebby Awards where – I had no idea it was a thing – but it literally brings community artists together to celebrate the art.
Hopefully as it moves forward into the future, that unity grows stronger. I feel like Columbus is far from being tired. It’s got a long way to go and it’s just going to keep going.