TCU senior to attend prestigious acting school

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    From declaring a sports broadcasting major and talking on the radio to switching to a journalism minor and interacting with people, Joshua Trant experienced enough in college to decide he wanted to become an actor.

    Trant said he has never participated in a production at TCU and has only taken one theatre class, which he is currently enrolled in this semester.

    He said he set his goals on attending the Master of Fine Arts Program at Pace University in New York, a program that accepts an average of 18 people per year.

    With only 1,100 acceptances in the program in its 60-plus years of existence, Trant is one of them.

    Trant was born in Bryan, Texas, where he attended Blinn College, a junior college, for two years before transferring to TCU. Trant declared a sports broadcasting major after his first semester at TCU. He is the first TCU student to be accepted into the MFA program at Pace University.

    Trant said coming to TCU and experiencing being on the radio opened him up, and it just kept rolling to the point where he decided that he wanted to be an actor.

    "If I had never come here, I would have never gotten to that plan," Trant said. "I think everybody has a weird event in their life they can’t figure out, but I truly believe that mine had kind of led here for a reason. It’s really kind of crazy to think about, but it couldn’t be more true."

    Trant came to TCU on a whim and moved in with one of his childhood friends, Justin Unger, a senior sports psychology major.

    Unger said he and Trant have been friends since third grade.

    "We were in a few plays together growing up, and I always knew he was good, but I never thought about him actually becoming an actor until college," Unger said.

    Trant switched his major to journalism at his second semester at the university, which he said forced him to interact with people. From then on, he said "everything just kept rolling."

    Trant said he called his friend last year over spring break and said he wanted to be an actor.

    "He kind of laughed, whatever, joking about it, and I said, 'No I'm serious, that's what I'm going to do,'" Trant said.

    Trant was accepted to the three-year MFA program, which is the Actors Studio drama program at the university. He will begin the intensive, full-time program the day after Labor Day.

    Trant described being accepted as surreal.

    "It didn’t really sink in until the more and more I thought about it. The names that come from that school, it’s hard to imagine mine with those," Trant said.

    According to the Pace University website, some famous alumni include Bradley Cooper, Sally Field and Paul Newman.

    Trant said Cooper is his inspiration.

    During his audition, Trant said a woman named Ms. Kemp asked him to do an improvisational exercise. At that moment, Trant remembered an interview with Bradley Cooper on "Inside the Actors Studio" in which Cooper said his own inspiration was Ms. Kemp.

    "[Cooper] really inspired me because he didn’t have a lot of experience, and he said after his audition they asked if he felt ready to dedicate the next three years of his life to the program. And they asked me the same thing," Trant said.

    Trant said his hard work at the university has prepared him for the next step in life.

    "I guess I’m excited about fulfilling that dream and moving on to the next one because if hard work paid off here, why can't it pay off later?" Trant said.

    Trant said he worked as an extra on a low-budget football film last semester. There, he met Devon Williams, a former New England Patriot's player and two-time Super Bowl Champion, who helped him gain confidence in his acting skills.

    Trant said he was unsure if he could be accepted to such a prestigious school, but but Williams told him, "This is your dream and no one can see exactly what you see, so go for what you see."

    Trant said he is going to give acting his all.

    "I'm really excited to literally dedicate my whole time to one thing because it'll be the first time in my life that I've pretty much dedicated everything I have to one thing and I'm curious to see where it'll take me," Trant said.

    Trant would prefer to do films in the future because films allow actors to dig deep into a character and deliver emotion to the audience.

    "I get a lot of questions now from my friends and family saying, 'You know when you’re famous do this, when you’re famous do that,'" Trant said.

    But in reality, Trant said he is just like anyone else. He said that he wants to work hard to get where he wants to be.

    Trant said that his biggest fan is his older brother, Zach.

    Zach said Trant is normally private about most things, so he was surprised when he told him that he wanted to be an actor.

    "I mean I was excited for him, but at the same time, I didn’t think he was that serious about it," said Zach.

    Zach said he has encouraged Trant, helped him with some plane tickets to New York and wrote a letter of recommendation to show his support for his brother.

    "Basically I just want him to be the actor he wants to be, not necessarily a celebrity," Zach said.

    Trant said his parents could not be more proud because he is doing what they always taught him to do.

    "Go after what you feel, go after your dream and follow your heart," Trant said.