Owen Drake '09
What is your current job?
Why did you choose this profession?
I love it. Acting has been my favorite thing to do since I was 6 years old. If I am not doing it, I do not feel whole. So, really, it was less of a choice than it was an inevitability.
What more do you wish to accomplish in your professional career?
Lots! I am just beginning, and there is so much I want to accomplish. I would like to get involved in big projects, ones that get seen by millions of people. I want to work abroad, in film, and also theater. I want to perform so many more Shakespearean plays, in so many cities. Overall, I want to inspire people by showing them our shared humanity.
Tell us about a decision or change you made that turned out to be a positive career move.
I think the decision to take things slowly is the best one I made. It is so easy to create big expectations and goals, and to compare one's progress to that of others... And all that will do is discourage you. I think the most important thing I can do for myself is take a step back and see that I am doing what I want to be doing, and, even if I want to do more, be satisfied, or at least happy, with my life, every day.
How has Haverford influenced your professional career?
To be a good actor, one has to be an interesting person, and Haverford gave me that in a big way. A broad liberal arts education is such a big help. Haverford also taught me how to read a lot and get a lot of work done, which is vital for keeping the mind sharp. Acting requires a lot of homework and research, and Haverford gave me the ability to do that without it seeming like a big chore.