Today we’d like to introduce you to Josh Golombek.
Josh, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I sat up on my knees as two stagehands dressed in all black pushed Princess Jasmine and I around the stage on a rolling carpet. I was in the 5th grade, and I had caught the performing bug in my community theatre production of Aladdin. I fell in love with performing on this magic carpet in Visalia, California, and I’ve never stopped performing since.
I continued performing in my school/community theatre programs all the way through high school and into college at Vanderbilt University. After I graduated from Vandy, I knew deep down that I wanted to perform for the rest of my life. I moved out to LA and lived in my Aunt’s spare bedroom as I began to build my acting career. I have been out in LA for almost three years now, and I have no doubt in my mind that I am doing what I love. I have certainly had my share of “downs”, but the feeling of collaborating with inspiring artists and doing what I love to do keeps me going. Since I’ve been in LA, I have been extremely fortunate to be a part of the most amazing projects. I have filmed two seasons of the web series Zoe Valentine with Brat TV, performed in my first regional theater production of Matilda the Musical at 5 Star Theatricals, and even made my understudy debut as Christopher Boone in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime at the Greenway Court Theatre. I have met my best friends and the most amazing artists through these projects, and I’m so happy to be pursuing my dream.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Haha! It has been far from a smooth road! I have certainly encountered external and internal obstacles while navigating the entertainment industry, but I think I have ultimately come out of these experiences as a stronger person and a stronger actor. I have experienced bad acting class performances, uncomfortable agent meetings, envious feelings, embarrassing auditions, and so much more. I think one of my biggest obstacles, however, is internal. LA is a big place, and it is so easy to feel isolated and overwhelmed. Especially in the entertainment industry. All of this was magnified when my father passed away about one year after I moved out to LA. I felt the bottom drop out from underneath me, and suddenly things I took for granted became the most difficult tasks: getting out of bed, showering, exercising, socializing, and trying to enjoy life all became monumental burdens, impossible hurdles to clear. I still encounter these feelings, but I am able to make it to the next day with the love of my family, the support of my friends, the passion of performing, and holding the memory of my father with me wherever I go.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am an actor/dancer/singer. I grew up doing a lot of musical theatre, so that is definitely where my roots are. As a dancer, I have trained in ballet, tap, musical theatre, jazz, contemporary, and hip-hop. As a performer, I do my best to lead with love in everything that I am doing. I love being a storyteller and a collaborator, and I pride myself on wearing my heart on my sleeve in everything that I do. I believe successful art comes from love: loving the craft, loving those around you, and loving yourself. I try to express this love with every project I am lucky enough to be a part of.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
There are SO many people to thank and credit for where I am today. I even have an excel document so I can keep a running list of people I need to always be thankful for. First off, I would be nowhere without my family. My mom and dad have always supported me and put me in the position where I am able to chase after my dreams. I could search the entire dictionary for words that I could use to express my thanks to them, and I would never be able to find the right ones. I have had mentors from Visalia who have always inspired my love for theatre, so a special shoutout to Nicole Zweifel, John Sorber, Charlotte Garcia-Da Rosa, Michael Tackett, and so many other educators inside and outside of my Visalia theater world. I also have to thank Terryl Hallquist, Jon Hallquist, Christin Essin, and the other theatre department faculty at Vanderbilt University. In Los Angeles, I have to thank my Aunt Phyllis, for letting me live out of her house for a year, John Baumgartner and the entire Zoe Valentine cast/crew for giving me my best first acting job EVER, the Matilda the Musical family at 5 Star Theatricals, and Kate Jopson/the team at Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. Wow, that is so many people. And there are so many more. My representatives Laura, Brad, Blair, and Mindy, and my incredible acting coaches David, Lisa, Richard, and Don. And lastly, my incredible friends and roommates; my support system who have always helped me work on audition tapes, and more importantly picked me up when I have felt the lowest of lows. Amanda, Robbie, Abby, Jess, Cedric, Blake, Brayden, and Will, I love y’all. I already know I have missed so many people from dance teachers to educators, to friends, and other mentors. There are just so many incredible people I have encountered, and I could not be more thankful.
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