Artist of the Week: Jordan McQuiston

Artist of the Week: Jordan McQuiston

By Olivia Adams
When did you become interested in theatre?
In 1st grade, I started doing this thing at Sycamore called Funny Bones, which was a lower school theatre program they had there. It wasn’t much, but it’s probably what got me started in theatre.
What drew you to theatre and are those the same things you love about it today?
I think at the time it was just the fact that it was fun, and that’s all it was for a long time. It’s still a big part of why I do it today, but now, I mostly do it because I love doing it. I get to work with a bunch of awesome people and I can become someone else, which I think is what draws a lot of people to theatre. But at the heart of it all, I’m doing it because I love it.
What has been your favorite role or show to date?
Uncle Fester [from The Addams Family], for sure. Epops, my part in The Birds, is a somewhat close second, but I don’t think anything will ever top Fester.
What other passions and interests do you have, and do you see any connections between those and and acting or theatre in general?
I love making videos. There’s some acting involved in the kinds of videos I make, but a lot of what I do involves digging deep into the source material I’m working with and trying to derive my own meaning from it. That’s a stretch, I know, but I believe it’s true.
Do you have a process or method to get into character, or how do you do so?
I always start out by watching other people playing the role I’m playing and at first, I just do what they do, and then I play with it and see what happens and eventually it becomes my own thing.
Do you draw inspiration from any particular actors or others in the industry?
In general, no, not really. Subconsciously, maybe Robin Williams (even though, sadly, he is no longer in the industry). But, as I just said, each individual character draws off of someone. Uncle Fester was obviously based off of Jackie Coogan (the man who played him on the original TV show). Epops (in The Birds) is definitely Tim Curry as Frank-N-Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It just depends.
If you could be anywhere, doing anything, in 15 years, where would that be?
Acting or filmmaking, but those are very difficult businesses to get into. I’m also interested in linguistics, so I’d like to do something with that.
Finally, I know you are fond of impressions, so if you had to speak in the voice of one of your best impressions for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
Who has the most attractive voice?

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