WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: Terrance Jackson

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BY C.S. HOWARD

Terrance Jackson is a professional actor, freelance writer, videographer and editor. He is employed by Barter Theatre where he has worked since he graduated from college in 2013. He has also been freelancing as a filmmaker since 2014, commuting between Sarasota and Abingdon, Virginia for his work.

As a professional ac- tor, Terrence travels all over the country to different theatres performing plays, musicals and staged readings. Last month, he played the title role in Shakespeare’s Othello in Abingdon the Barter Theatre. A 2009 graduate of Booker High School, Terrance was active in the VPA Theatre, Senior Board member, President of the National Honor Society, member of the Key Club, Gospel Choir, Students Working Against Genocide and was a touring cabaret cast member of Tone-Adoes. He also volunteered with Relay For Life.

Terrance graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre, with a Concentration in Acting. He volunteered weekly at Brants Used Books while preparing for Othello and has been working with Source 21 Productions.

While in college, Terrance worked professionally at The Hanger Theatre in Ithaca, New York and Georgia Shakespeare in Atlanta, Georgia. After college, he spent two years working as an actor at the Barter Theatre performing in over 15 productions. In November and December of 2015, he performed in a national and international tour of a Christmas musical called Frosty!, and was commissioned to film and edit a documentary for a theatre program in McDowell County, Virginia called Project REAL that received great acclaim. His future plans including returning to Sarasota and to teach Theatre Arts, TV and Film for younger kids in the Newtown community, helping to expose them to the arts.

Terrance is the son of Mrs. Phyllis Banks.

To what do you at- tribute your success?

"First, God’s love because everything in my life has been nothing but a blessing. I think to myself everyday how blessed I am to be doing what I love for a living. Second, my mother and sister who have given up many things in their lives to see me succeed and for me to even have a chance. That is very important. Lastly, my mentors. I have had great mentors academically and artistically. Locally, people like Lem Andrews have had a huge impact on my life and my success."

What advice do you have for a young person today?

"Be brave and respectful. Those two things will take you a long way."

Editor’s Note: “Where Are They Now?” features up-and-coming men and women who are beginning their careers or are have established careers for themselves. For more information, email cshoward1@verizon.net

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