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Meet Royce Lundquist

Today we’d like to introduce you to Royce Lundquist.

Royce, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I began acting as a form of self-entertainment – As I child, my dad was in the Navy, so we moved around quite a bit. We would watch movies on long drives, but sometimes, there were large amounts of time where I was left to my own devices. After re-reading Harry Potter for the 11th time, I just began to imagine myself in that world, improvising lines to imaginary characters, practicing epic and heart-wrenching death scenes. I then began attempting different accents in whatever new place we were in, trying to convince strangers of some eccentric identity. Eventually, my parents noticed my dramatic flair, and after returning to the United States, they put me in community theater to let me explore this newfound passion. And the passion continued to grow. Going into high school, I was really fortunate to get to attend the Orange County School of the Arts, where I was surrounded by teachers who invested in me and peers who pushed me to develop my talents and work hard. After graduating, I studied for two years at Pace University in New York City. I was in love with New York, but I realized my career dreams were pulling me back to LA, where I transferred to Loyola Marymount University and am expected to graduate in 2022 with a BA in theatre arts.

Has it been a smooth road?
Hahahaha. No.

But I feel like the bumps in the road are what make the journey memorable. I think every kid faces unique challenges while growing up, and there are some rough spots in everyone’s life. I was really blessed to have a family that loved and supported me, but I always felt like I struggled to fit in. Although living overseas for most of my elementary education provided me with some amazing, formative experiences that I appreciate now, as a 6th grader, I really felt isolated from the kids around me when I moved back to California. I wasn’t very good at sports, I was more interested in playing piano and reading books. I was definitely a little socially awkward around kids my age but felt at home communicating with adults. One of the amazing things about going to OCSA was that I was in an environment that championed and celebrated individualities. Basically, I felt at home. I felt like I was like Harry Potter finding Hogwarts.

The next big bump on the road to my self-discovery came when I decided to leave the religion my parents raised me in. My parents are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (mormons). I’m really grateful for the values that I was taught as a kid, placing a high importance on family and integrity, and having faith in God. However, when I was junior in high school, I found myself trying to navigate my religious beliefs and that put a strain on my relationship with my parents for a few years.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I love to perform for people. I’ve been so moved and inspired by movies and music over the course of my life. I just desperately desire to create and participate in musical and cinematic projects that are a source of inspiration for others.

Since COVID-19, obviously everyone has had to adapt and change in light of the pandemic, and the arts community has felt the impact dramatically. Although most projects have had to be put on hold, I’m doing my best to keep creating work and practicing my craft. I’m working on my first album and reading plays and acting in short films to keep growing in my art. I think now, more than ever, people need a little extra joy, and hopefully my art can help provide that.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Honestly, before COVID, I would have attempted to give this an answer, but in this year, so much has changed for the film and entertainment industry and I feel like everyday we’re living in uncharted territory, so I have no idea. I think that streaming services like Netflix and Disney+ will continue to produce large, big-budget TV-Shows and Movies and that’s very cool, but I hope that movie theaters have a resurgence once this pandemic calms down a bit because I think it’s one of the coolest entertainment experiences someone can have.

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Kaylin Pham-Nguyen, Shakespeare Orange County, Orange County School of the Arts, Calvin Acosta

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