Today is the last day that you can say you’ve never heard of Jake Boyd. He was last seen in the off-Broadway revival of Carrie the Musical and the off-Broadway play The Last Smoker in America. Jake is currently a swing in the long-running musical Rock of Ages. Keep reading on to learn more about the up-and-coming actor.
Full name: William Jake Boyd
Hometown: Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35405
Current audition song/monologue: Rascal Flatts is a song I like to sing a lot, and I haven’t been asked for a monologue since I left school.
Special skills: I can fold my ear into itself!!
Something you’re REALLY bad at: Cooking, but I trick myself into thinking I can get better because of Top Chef. Basketball is a close second.
First Broadway show you ever saw: The Lion King when I was in the 7th grade. It was the most exciting thing I had ever seen, and I had to get everyone’s autograph who walked out of that stage door. No excuses!
Favorite showtune of all time: I love “Big News” from Parade.
Some favorite musicals: Urinetown, Once, Shrek, The Last Five Years
One performance that you attended, that you’ll never forget: I saw The Seafarer at the Booth Theatre and was blown away by all of those mens’ performances. It was moving, and poignant, and made me think about my own life, which is what great theater does. Also, Ciaran Hinds made the scariest Devil I have ever seen.
Most played song on your iPod: “The Pocket” by Andy Grammer
Last book you read: The Diary of Anne Frank
First Cast Recording you owned: Rent
Favorite dessert/bakery in New York: Is it cliché if I say Schmackary’s? It’s not cliché if it’s true.
When did you realize you could sing? When I was in middle school choir, but I have vivid memories of jumping up and down on my couch belting. “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King,” when I was seven.
First stage kiss: My high school’s production of Beauty and the Beast. It also led to my first showmance.
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: When I saw my very first show in elementary school. The school would take us to the Tuscaloosa Children’s Theater on field trips, and one time we sawSnoopy! The Musical. When I saw how much fun they were having, I knew that it was what I wanted to do.
How you got your Equity card: I got my card from doing MCC’s Carrie Off-Broadway last year. But I really did do that EMC point thing too, and only needed one more when it happened I found out about Carrie.
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: One time I was playing Will Parker in Oklahoma! and in that first scene where he comes on to do Kansas City, there is a whole scene that revolves around a prop called, “The Little Wonder.” Well, in all my opening-night-excitement (yes it was also opening night), I forget to bring, “The Little Wonder,” on stage with me, and there was absolutely no way of anyone having time to run and get it because of the theater we were in that night. I’m not joking when I tell you it was the most sick I have ever felt. I was a deer in headlights! During the whole scene, I just kept making weird eyes at Aunt Eller, hoping she would get the hint and we eventually moved into the song… awkwardly. It was hilarious and horrifying.
Worst costume ever: I was a pirate in Peter Pan, circa 9th grade. I was 14, chubby, made to wear a leather chest-strap (with a ring in the center), no shirt, and leather gladiator skirt
Worst job you ever had: Working at my on-campus book store in college.
Something about you that surprises people: I do a good Colonel Sanders impression
Career you would want if not a performer: Lumberjack. Just to, you know, get away from it all.
Four things you can’t live without: Peanut butter, human interaction, coffee, music.
Show you’ve been recommending to friends: Go see Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf. Just do it.
Words of wisdom for aspiring performers? People don’t like it when you borrow glow tape.