The Come-up: Creative Titus Joshua Talks Theatre & Finding Your Passion

 

Meet Titus Joshua; an actor, influencer, and creative. Finding a love for theatre around the age of fourteen, Titus kept up with his passion for acting which has so far given him the opportunity to work with the International Performing Arts Institute in Kiefersfelden, Germany. He has also worked on and off with Brightstar touring theatre and Ever Blue Arts.  I had the pleasure to talk with Titus about discovering his passion for acting, advice for others discovering your passions, and what its really like to be a creative.

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Titus Joshua, Theatrical Acting & Creative 

 

What did your love for theater start?

Titus: “My love for theatre started when I was around fourteen. That was the year I started the Covington Louisiana Actors Playhouse System where young actors would tackle performing four shows within the span of two months.”


What do you think it takes to be a great actor and performer?

Titus: “To be a great actor or performer takes a lot of being comfortable in your own body and being able to adapt to most situations. The point of acting is to portray the truth of the story being presented and you can’t do that if you have insecurities that you haven’t dealt with constantly hindering your performance.”


What’s the best piece of advice you received when you finished college and entered the theater world?

Titus: “The best piece of advice I received upon graduating college was that, when auditioning for new projects, it is best to keep in mind that I have no idea what is going on in the head of the people who are auditioning me. I need to do what I think is accurate or good to the portrayal of a  character, not what I “THINK” others would like.”

What  are your favorite and least favorite thing about being a creative?

Titus: “My favorite thing about being a creative is the creation of a character. I really like delving into who I’m trying be and adapting the habits of what is essentially another person into my own being. The thing I like the least about being a creative is the intrusive and self destructive notion that I should constantly be creating and putting out content or performing. It’s very difficult to remember sometimes the toll that this profession takes on me mentally and that it is okay to take breaks in my between times.”

Tell us more about some of most memorable events and highlights so far in your journey in acting and theater.

Titus: “The highlight of my theatre career would have to be the time I spent in Germany. I auditioned for the International Performing Arts Institute which is a summer program in which young artists like myself were able to go and work in Kiefersfelden, Germany for a month and also audition for stage entertainment in Munich, Germany. There were also masterclasses that happened daily in the program that taught me many techniques I use to better my performances today. Overall it was just a fantastic time of growth and development that I found invaluable.”

In moments of adversity, how do you build yourself back up?

When adversity strikes, I like to stay pretty calm and handle myself well in the situation. Since being adaptable and being flexible are such big parts of the job, I find it easier to stop looking at the problem as much and start looking for the solution. Even when I think it’s futile I try to do what I can to minimize problems and keep others in a good mood. That’s the beauty of theatre because things go wrong all the time and yet most of the time the common viewer may never know because we hide it so well.”


What advice do you have for someone who hasn’t figured out their purpose yet?

Titus: “My advice if you haven’t found your purpose yet is to not let the pressure of finding a purpose get to you. It’s okay to not know what is next. It is okay to feel lost at times. It will come to you. Until then do the things you love to do. Find a hobby that you can perfect skills in. Try different things every day until you find what it is that makes you happy. Then just give it your all!”

Name three interesting facts about yourself. 

Titus: “I am a vegetarian, I like to do magic tricks, and there is a true story about me that gets passed down yearly at my former high school theatre program about how I slung myself off a scaffolding that was about fourteen feet off the ground.”


 What traits are you most proud of?

Titus: “I am especially proud of my versatility which makes it easier for me to play a wider range of archetypes with little difficulty. I’m also pretty proud of my memory. I recently had to learn three different scripts, each an hour in length, in four days time and it actually amazed the people I was working for as I not only managed to do it, but did it in three days time instead.”


What’s your personal affirmation or bible scriptures that reminds you to never give up?

James 2:10 “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead.” This scripture hit me hard as a child and has stuck with me through my adulthood. It reminds me that the blessing that God promises in life are already there and waiting for you, but you have to go and get it. Invest in yourself and make steps to make things happen. Also keep in mind that progress is progress no matter how small and if you are trying, then you are already winning.

 Major goal in 2020?

Titus: “ A major goal for me in 2020 is to work on a movie set. I have worked on television sets before, but never a movie set and I think that would be awesome.”


About Titus Joshua

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I was born in Covington, Louisiana on December 19th, 1995. I didn’t start acting until I was fourteen and a freshman at Covington High School. Immediately I fell in love with acting as I found it to be an incredibly outlet. Thanks to the amazing programs at Covington High I was able to perform in about eight shows a year, so I gained experience pretty fast. After Graduating from good ol’ CHS I moved on to Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. It was there that I continued to hone in on my craft whilst also performing in theatres around the area such as Shreveport Little Theatre, the Academy of Children’s Theatre, and Slidell Little Theatre. My junior year of college led me to the International Performing Arts Institute in Kiefersfelden, Germany. There I performed in Germany for a month while auditioning for companies in Munich. Upon returning to Natchitoches I completed my undergraduate degree in theatre with a concentration in performance and directing before returning to Kiefersfelden once again. Since then I have worked on and off with Brightstar touring theatre and Ever Blue Arts.
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