Theatre of Arts class of 2019 alumnus Reece Cross is an actor, musician, comedian, videographer and editor. Originally from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, he also produces, writes, and performs hip hop as "That boi Cross". As an actor and comedian, he has appeared in an award-winning film and performs often at the Comedy Store.
TOA: When or how did you first realize you wanted to become an actor?
Reece Cross: I always knew I wanted to be in the Entertainment Industry, but just never knew how I would get there. I remember being a huge fan of gangster films as a teenager and admiring Al Pacino. Eventually, I started doing monologues and caught the "bug". I owe a debt of gratitude to the Theatre of Arts for allowing me to grow not only as an actor but as a person overall. I truly feel like I gained a second family.
TOA: What about TOA attracted you to choose it over other acting conservatories?
Reece Cross: I've always wanted to live in Los Angeles and when I found out Theatre of Arts was in the middle of Hollywood, I thought "Wow! What better a place to be in to learn acting, then the mecca of where it all happens". So honestly, for me, it was a no brainer that TOA was where I wanted to be.
TOA: What was your favorite class or classes at ToA and why?
Reece Cross: That's kind of a hard question to answer because after graduating, I found a deeper respect for each class and how it affected the overall mold in becoming a well-rounded actor. However, if I had to choose, it would probably be the On Camera acting classes because they allowed me to implement my other passions including video editing and sound engineering.
TOA: Can you share an example of a lesson you learned at ToA that has proved especially helpful in your acting career?
Reece Cross: I would have to say the biggest lesson that stuck had to be "JUST SHOW UP". I know it sounds a bit cliche, but it is the honest truth. I always felt that as long as I show up, the opportunities will present themselves. By showing up, I mean prepared and ready to work. When you think you're working hard there is always someone out there working just as hard or harder.
TOA: What advice would you give to prospective students considering pursuing their degree at TOA?
Reece Cross: Go all in! If you decide to make the choice to come to Theatre of Arts and study acting, take it seriously. The industry will only give back what you're willing to put into it. TOA has a great support system and will prepare you to be a working actor in the industry.
TOA: Anything else you'd like us to know?
Reece Cross: I recently completed my newest music project entitled “The Shift” which is a compelling 10 track album focused around the social injustice and systemic racism that is currently being faced in the country. I have filmed and edited each of the videos myself through my entity, That boi Cross Entertainment.
TOA: Thank you Reece for sharing your continuing journey with us!