Like many actors, the road to his dream is a long one for Joshua Davis, and it’s a road that included an inspirational and influential stop at Weatherford College.
Davis, who attended WC from 2013 to 2017, is pursuing a career in acting. He’s off to a pretty good start, already having secured roles in some major productions.
And wouldn’t you know, finding those roles meant going back on the road - literally.
“I actually just packed my car and drove to Atlanta with nothing but my dreams and talent,” Davis recalled. “I signed up with a casting agency and I have been cast as a featured extra and a stand-in for actors.”
Only 25 years old, Davis has already worked in the much-anticipated sequel to an Eddie Murphy classic, “Coming 2 America.” He’s also a part of the production of “Aretha,” which is, of course, about the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.
“Legally I cannot go into too much detail, but I was a featured dancer in ‘Coming 2 America’ and ‘Aretha’ is still in the works,” he said. “I did submit an audition for a showcase with some big names. If I am cast in this project it would be an amazing opportunity.”
He also had some auditions scheduled with Tyler Perry Studios. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that was put on hold.
“I am still hopeful!” he exclaimed.
Like many actors, Davis experienced a halt to many opportunities because of the pandemic, but that hasn’t dampened his spirits.
“A lot of job opportunities were put to a stop, which means no acting, and more importantly no income,” he said. “For a lot of actors we have been having to put our goals to the side and make do with what we can get our hands on. It is a bumpy road but things can only go up once they’re down.”
Following his days at WC, where he earned an associate in arts degree, Davis performed for two years with the Granbury Theatre Company before taking off for Atlanta, where he now lives.
“It’s tremendously exciting,” said James Brownlee, WC director of theatre. “Joshua was a student of both myself and Nancy McVean (longtime and now retired WC theatre director), so we’re both very proud. A common misconception is that art isn’t a real profession, yet there are thousands of artists out there proving that quite simply isn’t true. Joshua is one of those, and it’s an incredible honor that he’s a WC success story.
“He is tenacious, beyond talented, and as much as I miss him, I hope he feels me beaming with pride from afar.”
Davis does not come from an acting family. However, he said his parents have always been supportive of his dream.
“My parents have supported me since I was a child and always wanted me to go for it, from me putting on shows in our living room to watching me perform on a stage,” he said.
And he credits his time at WC for its role (no pun intended) in helping him have confidence in pursuit of his dream.
“The amazing people I got to work with really trained my skill.” he said. “To this day, I use so many techniques on the stage as well as in the shop building sets.
“Honestly I’ve met so many fantastic people at WC. From my roommates in the dorm to everyone I’ve met on stage. I can confidently say that anyone I have met and befriended at WC has definitely changed my life for the better.”
In addition to acknowledging McVean, Brownlee and others, Davis was also quick to thank Kris Allen, his theatre teacher at Mineral Wells High School.
“He is the foundation of my skill. Without him I would not have attended WC or pursued any of my dreams.”
“Coming 2 America” is scheduled for release on December 18.
by Rick Mauch