THE COME-UP: Actor Jeremy Lloyd Talks Success and Taking Center Stage

An avid lover of musical theater, Jeremy Lloyd has performed in many shows in the North Shore area. Some of his favorites roles include: Beast/Prince/Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, Seaweed in Hairspray, Jim in Big River, Harpo in The Color Purple, and Jesus in Godspell. I had the pleasure to catch up with Jeremy as we discussed his many accomplishments, his love for theater, and his definition of success.

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What did you want to be as a child?

JL: “As a child, I wanted  to be a multi Grammy award winning singer- songwriter and actor.”

What is your favorite thing about theater and being an actor?

JL: “My favorite thing about the theater is the audience. I love embracing the people at the end of a show. I hearing their appreciation of the performance and how it made them feel. I use their reactions to what’s going happening onstage to fuel me for my next scene.”

 

What are some things you do to get over performance jitters when you perform on stage?

JL: “Somethings I do to get over performance jitters are first pray, take nice deep breaths, and try my best to relax my mind & body. “

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What’s the first thing you do every morning to start your day on the right foot?

JL: “The first thing I do every morning to start myself on the right foot is to thank God for another day.”


 

What is success to you?

JL: “Success is being proud of the growth you’ve made while appreciating the journey it took to get there. “

What does it take to be a great leader and a person of positive influence?

JL: “I feel being a great leader and a person of positive influence are one in the same. You must first be a great listener;  being able to hear and know the direction in which you must lead. You must be compassionate and considered of others. You must also know the strengths/weaknesses of yourself and the people your leading; always making sure everyone is playing to their strengths while improving their weaknesses. Lastly, you make sure NO ONE is left behind.”


 

Has learning a mistake ever led you to success?

JL: “Yes it has! I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and that there is always something to be learned from every situation.”

What’s the best advice for someone who feels they haven’t found their purpose yet?

 

JL: “To be quite honest, I’m still working on that one myself. Lol! The best advice, I could give someone is to keep moving and keep believing in yourself! Also don’t be afraid to try new things! You might stumble on something that brings you complete happiness and prosperity.”


 What is your biggest goal this year?

JL: “My biggest goal this year is to secure a local modeling contract and start building my brand.”


What’s the piece of advice you received when you started theater? 

JL: “The best piece(s) of advice I received when I started theater was from my mother and my great friend Keturah Green.  My mom gave me Philippians 4:13, which says, “I can an so all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Keturah gave Romans 8:28 “For we know ALL things work for the good of them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” These verses have been the foundation on which I’ve built my confidence to take on any obstacle on and off stage.”


 

About Jeremy Lloyd

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Jeremy Lloyd is a Baton Rouge native and resident of Hammond. Jeremy is currently a Performing Arts teacher at Hammond Eastside Magnet International Baccalaureate World School, one of the Associate Directors of the HEM Company, and the director of the Lè Petit Choir. Jeremy is a 2014 Graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University with a degree in Vocal Performance. He’s a Spring 2012 initiate of the Kappa Nu chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity Inc. and Spring 2014 of the Delta Omega chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity. While at Southeastern, he won many accolades such Southeastern Star, 2013 Homecoming King, and winner of the 2014 Mr. Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship Pageant. . He’s currently working with Cutting Edge Theater of Slidell on a production of The Wizard of Oz as The Scarecrow. Jeremy firmly believes in the power of love and unity. Jeremy’s favorite quote is, “I’ve decided to stick with LOVE! HATE is TOO GREAT of a BURDEN to BEAR..” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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3 comments

  1. I am SO PROUD of every accomplishment in your life son. Stay humble and keep God 1st and know that I will ALWAYS be your biggest fan…..
    Love, Mama Missy

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