GOD. FAMILY. ART. HARD WORK. ZAC TERRY - YOUNG MAN TO BE PROUD OF.
October 29th, 2016
It was an honor to cooperate and have an interview with an artsy and hard working guy like Zac Terry.
Roots, childhood, growing up.
I can never really say I'm from one place. Growing up my family was always moving due to the fact that my parents were missionaries. I was born on October 18, 1993, in Kentucky, then we moved to Missouri. When I was about 3 we moved to Mexico. Throughout the course of 5 years, we lived in 3 different areas in Mexico. When I was nearing the age of 9 my father got a job offer to pastor a church in Nebraska of all places. We moved to a small town called North Platte and it really didn't seem like much to me because of the lack of activities but back in the 30's it had the nickname of Little Chicago due to all the mob business and brothels. I always hated living there when I was younger but that's where I'd call home because that's where the family is.
When did you notice that you have a talent for acting?
In elementary, I wanted to be a chef when I grew up, in early middle school I wanted to teach history. I started to notice my own talent for acting sometime around 8th grade. People started telling me more and more how good I'd be at acting when I got older because I was always doing random stuff to make people laugh, whatever it took, and my mother believed I was quite good at doing impressions.
First acting role?
I didn't actually start pursuing acting until my Junior year of high school. My first acting role was as the purser in my high school's musical production of "Anything Goes". That role didn't cut it for me, I wanted a bigger role that made me stand out. Then came my final year of high school. Time to prove myself. My music teacher informed us early in the school year that our production that year was gonna be Cinderella so I got a copy of the script as soon as I was able and began studying. During the first semester of school, I took beginning acting and advanced acting as a couple of my electoral classes. I wanted to be Prince Charming and was working hard to ensure I got it. Auditions finally came and I was sure I had the role down but apparently I was naturally too comedic to be the Prince. I was very disappointed that I landed the role as the King and my close friend was cast as the Prince. I was slightly jealous but that didn't stop me. I decided if I wasn't going to get the role I wanted I would be sure I was the main focus of the show. I found any and every way I could to make my character the best in the show. For example; there was a scene in the play where the King's pants are too tight and in the process of putting them on they fall to his ankles and reveal his underwear. To make the scene more comedic I went to the store around Valentine's Day and purchased a pair of silky black boxers with red hearts all over. When showtime came around people were hysterical over my character. My hard work had paid off. From that point my urge and motivation to act sky-rocketed.
What kind of characters do you like to play and what has been your favorite role so far?
I enjoy playing any kind of character. I feel like each character brings out something different in me but my favorite character to play out of any is comedic character because comedy is something that comes naturally to me. My favorite role so far has been King Maximus in Cinderella.
Describe to us how it looks when you are preparing for your role on stage.
When I'm preparing for a role it probably looks a little something like when children are playing and using their imagination in their room. I imagine all the other characters in the scene are there with me when I'm practicing my role.
I always love reading books that are spiritually uplifting and about God. Besides that I don't enjoy reading too much unless it can help with a role I'm working on or can fill my head with useful knowledge.
You are musically talented as well. Tell us more about that.
Ever since I was a child I've had great natural rhythm. I took drum lessons during 5th grade and then continued playing drums in the band throughout middle school and high school. In high school, I really started to excel musically. I enrolled in all sorts of musical activities. I was in marching band, concert band, jazz band, jazz choir, concert choir, swing choir, musical productions, and honor choirs. My junior and senior year of high school I was accepted into the Nebraska All-State Choir which only accepts about 400 students state-wide. Music was always my main focus in high school, besides acting of course. I've had a lot of people tell me I'm good at dancing but I can't expand on that because I have no training in dance.
Hollywood episode in your life.
In 2015 I moved to the center of the acting industry, Hollywood, California. Probably one of the more crazy places I've been. The boulevard, as they call it in Hollywood, was constantly full of life from street performers to artists to all the crazies dressed up like superheroes. It's such a dog eat dog world there, people will do just about anything to make some extra money. During the 8 months that I lived there, I started to make my start as a Hollywood actor. My first experience was answering to a call as a featured extra in a music video. After doing that I started attending acting classes here and there.I met Radovan and we became great friends almost immediately so we began discussing work in the industry. We did a couple photo shoots together and even made plans for a small film in which I would be the lead star. But as life goes, most things don't turn out as we plan. I met a fantastic young woman on a set and she stole my heart. We ended up getting married in January of 2016 causing my acting career to come to a pause. I still keep in constant contact with my good friend Radovan and who knows we may do more work in the future, Lord willing.
Plans for the future?
Right now I don't have any future plans set in stone. I don't ever like to make too big of plans for anything because like I said earlier, life never goes as we plan or expect. As for acting plans, I always like to keep an open mind for what may come. It's still a huge passion of mine but for now I'm taking some time away to focus on my marriage and building my family.
How can people get in touch with you via social media?
I currently don't have any social media. I was never a big fan of it. There was a time when I was younger that I had it all (Instagram, Facebook, twitter, snapchat, etc.) as I got older I slowly began deleting them one after another until I only had a Facebook account but I'm a bit of a conspiracy theorist and haven't seen very good things lately about social media and the internet. I just don't see the need for social media and find it a distraction from important moments in life.