Today we’d like to introduce you to Tristan Boesch.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
When I was a kid, I wanted to play professional baseball. My focus changed immediately after doing my first play when I was a little first grader. We wrote it together as a class and I’m fairly sure I wore a unicorn costume. By fifth grade, I was writing, staging, and acting in my own plays for all my elementary peers. I was always just playing around with my friends (and at one point, re-creating old episodes of “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” in my childhood bedroom). By the time I got to high school, I had a couple of really incredible drama teachers who were able to instill in me buckets of wisdom on being a performer. When I was looking for colleges, one of those teachers suggested CalArts. All the rest was kind of a blur. The faculty in the audition room felt like artistic giants to me, but they seemed so genuinely interested and we seemed to speak a shared language of sorts. Before I was even formally accepted, I had made my decision of where I was going next in life. A lot of great opportunities have popped up since then, but all of them can be traced back to my first steps on that hilly campus in Valencia.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I find all artists, and humans in general, are pretty quick to judge themselves. So there’s always going be a journey of overcoming doubt whether you’re doing really well or failing terribly! The empowering thing is to move beyond those things because that’s when you can share fully. Give openly to an audience and be active collaborators with whoever is on stage with you. That’s where the gold comes from. And overthinking is a big one that plagues us all as well. We want to control everything, but ultimately, we have no choice but to let go. That’s an acting lesson and a life lesson that has come up a lot.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’ve been lucky to work in a lot of different spaces with so many great people. Some are friends from high school. This last January, we actually devised a new piece within two weeks and put it up at a theater in my hometown of Portland. My good friend, Max Zabell, has a film I worked on called ‘Unearth’ that’s doing really nicely at festivals and is now available on Amazon Prime! I think studying Clown in high school and college has had a huge influence on my acting. It’s all about living with an open heart and staying insatiably curious, which I believe is a great way to live.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Definitely performing at Pasadena Playhouse in Summer 2019. Many actors I look up to have played there, so that was a pretty surreal moment. Pre-pandemic, I was in a few shows back-to-back that I’m endlessly grateful to have done. Especially now that live theatre feels worlds away! At the end of the day, I’m happy to be surrounded by people who are creative no matter what situation humanity finds itself in.
Jenny Graham, Max Zabell, Sara Eustaqio