January 29, 2020
As a theater major, Jones has been a part of numerous productions at ASU-Beebe. Additionally, Jones has been able to explore many other aspects of theater, such as set building, costumes, using make up, and lighting. “I have really enjoyed the diversity of theater,” said Jones. “Every day offers something different. Students take theater for acting careers or to learn to be a theater tech.”
Jones attended Beebe High School where he was active in drama, track, cross-country, wrestling and singing in All Region and All State choir. He also studied physical and massage therapy and completed medical studies coursework in high school, with plans to major in physical education at the college level.
After meeting ASU-Beebe theater director Ryan Gibbons, Jones said he changed his major. “I have always loved theater and enjoyed the art of storytelling,” said Jones. “Even though I became a theater major, I discovered I could still use the physical, medical and massage therapy techniques learned in high school for treating acting injuries or to warm-up or relax before a show.”
Jones said the theater program has opened up opportunities for growth and development as an actor. “The techniques used in film and theater are different and I have enjoyed learning about the history and background information of a production,” said Jones. Jones credits theater as an outlet to build character and break out of his shell through engagement and improved communication skills.”
He recently had a leading role in the ASU-Beebe theater Broadway musical production of Pipe Dream and is a member of the ASU-Beebe Singers and Chamber Singers groups.
Outside of ASU-Beebe, Jones has been developing his professional experiences and honing his acting skills. He joined the Excel group in Little Rock and will be going to the International Modeling and Talent Association in New York this summer.
Jones has also been active on campus with the Baptist College Ministry, as well as the Student Government Association. Jones holds a position as the Student Activities Chairman and enjoys the opportunity to work on a personal level with faculty and administrators. “I don’t think I would have been able to be as active on campus if I had gone to a four-year university,” said Jones. However, he looks forward to the four-year college experience after he receives his associate degree, and plans to transfer to A-State, Harding University or the University of Central Arkansas.
In addition to theater, Jones enjoys hunting, weight lifting, staying fit, hiking, camping, singing, kayaking the Buffalo River, and hanging out with friends. “I really enjoyed the Student Leadership Experience last summer when we hiked Sugarloaf Mountain behind the Heber Springs campus,” said Jones.
When asked if he had a ‘claim to fame’ experience, Jones said he once worked with movie director Tom Logan from Los Angeles who has directed stars, such as Angelina Jolie and Keanu Reeves. He also auditioned for American Idol the previous fall. “Even though I wasn’t chosen, I enjoyed the experience of being able to network and meet other individuals in the business,” said Jones.
When asked about advice for other students, Jones said “Get involved and don’t be afraid to break out of your shell. Take the opportunity to slow down and build relationships with others. You will miss a lot if you don’t take time to enjoy the little things.”
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