We had the good fortune of connecting with Devin Wade and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Devin, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I don’t know if I would be able to narrow it down to a single aspect or desire. Even before I knew I had an interest in pursuing a career through the arts I was already indoctrinating myself within it subconsciously. Whether that was putting an impromptu shows for my family (almost always made up on the spot), choreographing fake fight scenes with no one but myself, creating comic strips for friends at school or my gravitation towards role playing games like Dungeons and Dragons. Check out my podcast “R.O.L.L. CALL” if D&D is also an interest of yours. Around high school is when I realized that this was something that I never want to stop chasing. Initially I believed this passion came from wanting to impress other people and have it be a job, but I quickly realized that I was perusing this even more for my own sake. Not that I ever stopped being overly concerned about how individuals perceive me. A bad habit. My love for acting, for example, and dreams of being on the silver screen or Broadway are now more motivated by my aspirations to work with the best. I seek that capability to perform with experts in this field. I’ll continue to push myself and commit to always be open and accept new lessons and knowledge of the craft. This goes for the other artistic interests of mine as well.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I would hesitate to call myself a professional by any means, but I believe that I have a professional mindset and work ethic. Having so many interests related to the arts can run me pretty thin at times, however. I dip my toe into a lot of proverbial ponds of entertainment. Certainly there are many obstacles that stand in the way of making artistry a career that I think most are familiar with. Representation, relevancy, standing out, finding like-minded individuals and sharing your art in the right places or to the right people are all factors I think most have to overcome including myself currently. Though, I am fortunate that these are the only big obstacles facing me. Many are very limited to what they can or are allowed to pursue and may not even get to those obstacle through no fault of their own. I don’t want to take my position for granted and hope to give back to anyone who may have found themselves in those restricted conditions.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are plenty of wonderful places, but my top three would have to be the San Diego Missions, the navel base downtown and Old Town. Wonderful shops, delicious food and rich, historical culture.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
One of my earliest mentors who showed me that I had more to give than even I realized was my high school theatre teacher Lindsay Gampel Harris. Some other lovely teachers and brilliant minds that have guided me are my friends Christian St. Croix of boyandmonster.com and James P. Darvas of Onstage Playhouse. I’ve also been lucky to have a family that never stood against this passion and have been very supportive of this choice. And, of course, everyone who I have ever been fortunate enough to share a stage or set with.
Devin James Wade