Joey Roberts, Actor
I have seen many successful students come out of Cameron University’s theatre program, and Joey Roberts is no exception.
Joey currently works as the Stage Technician at Cameron University. His job includes running lights and sound for events at the theatre and working in the shop building sets and teaching theatre majors how to build sets.
Joey graduated from Cameron University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s of Theatre Arts. Shortly after graduating, he moved to Las Vegas to pursue his dream of becoming a film actor. His seven or so auditions landed him two paying gigs: one as an extra in “The Other Guys” (yes, that “The Other Guys,” with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg) and one as part of a Jerry Lewis telethon. While pursuing his dream, he worked full time in the automotive center at Wal-Mart.
Three years later, Joey’s mom lost her job, so he returned to his hometown to help her out. He took a job first at the Wal-Mart in Lawton, then at the county jail. During this time, when he was able, he performed with the local community theatre. In 2015, the stage technician position at Cameron became available and he decided to apply. He has worked there ever since.
Since then, Joey has also been hired to help build the set for the Oklahoma City Shakespeare in the Park’s performance of “Hamlet” and to design lights and run sound for Lawton Community Theatre’s “Oklahoma!”
Joey says the best part of his job is seeing the theatre’s productions come together and watching the majors grow as actors and set designers. His only regrets are that he wishes he had studied harder in school or auditioned more while he was in Vegas. Still, he loves his job. And with his current skill set, he could have a career almost anywhere doing set design or running lights/sound. He’s not given up on his dream of becoming a film actor, but he says as long as he’s doing anything theatre or acting related, he’ll be happy.
Joey’s advice for aspiring actors:
- Auditioning is the most difficult part. You may have the best audition in the world, but if you don’t have the image they want, they won’t hire you. So…
- Keep working at it. Don’t give up if you don’t get what you want at first. Learn from the experience and continue on. It’s all trial and error. If you find you aren’t good at something, keep working at it until you get better. Practice makes perfect.
Joey’s job allows him to make money in a field he loves and also leaves him time for his first love: acting. He gets to perform for the local community theatre, has been invited to act in short films produced by Option D Productions, and is part of Darling Drunken Thespians (an aspiring improv troupe).