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Soldier, Actor

by Jamonte Williams 

I have been a fan of Sweet Tea Shakespeare since the first production that I saw, Romeo and JuliLIT. After seeing that, I wanted to be part of this organization any way I could. As a soldier in the U.S Army, I felt like the only way I could be part of Sweet Tea was to be an audience member whenever I had the time. When I got the opportunity to be part of Songs for a New World, I hopped on the bandwagon without asking the driver any questions. I was ecstatic to work with actors and actresses I’ve seen over the past years I’ve been in Fayetteville. I knew that it wouldn’t be easy, but doing a job that I am passionate about doesn’t feel like work.

I knew that balancing my obligations as a service member and an actor was going to be a challenge, but I did not want my job to be my excuse for any reason. It turned out that I was worried about nothing; I got the lucky end of the stick. My obligation and duty as a serviceman did not conflict at all with the rehearsal and performance schedule. Leaving rehearsal late and waking up for PT early in the morning is the only issue, but I don’t mind because I’m doing what I love. It’s incredible working with a group of like-mind individuals who all have the love for the arts. I am surrounded by an impressive cast that is patient and understanding. I couldn’t ask for better actors to be part of my first Sweet Tea show. My advice for any other servicemember who wants to be part of a Sweet Tea production is to hop on the bandwagon. The ride is smooth, and the people are welcoming.

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2 comments on “Soldier, Actor

[…] Soldier, Actor […]

As one who has also served in the U.S. Army, proud of you. I saw you in your first production and you were terrific. Definitely representing the caliber of soldier serving Fayetteville, North Carolina, and our Nation. Keep up the good work and continue to represent. You might just have many fans already if you count those in green and those who are proud to have served and worn it before. Hooah!

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