Joshua Henry is a three-time Tony award nominee, musician and TV/Film actor. In the first of the “Fathers in June” episodes, this husband and father shares how his fulfilling career was built from a deep investment in training and intentional focus on personal growth.
- O:40: About Joshua Henry
- 2:02 Podcast recommendations for education on race relations
- 3:40: Greeting Joshua
- 4:00: Where are you calling from?
- 4:30: Does Central Park feel really busy during this time?
- 8:32 : What were you working on before this?
- 10:45: Do you feel like a celebrity?
- 12:22: What was your lifestyle like growing up versus your lifestyle now?
- 15:07: What are some stories of growth (a prominent theme in Joshua’s life)?
- 18:58: Who was the person who inspired you early on?
- 19:40: Did you ever have a backup plan?
- 24:24: What was your biggest risk?
- 34:12: How does mental health play into your role as an artist?
- 38:08: What is something you’ve done that would be unbelievable to your younger self?
- 41:00: Have you “made it”?
- 41:50: Who did you see that you knew you could emulate? See it to be it.
- 44:25: What advice would you give to students who want to enter the arts right now?
- 47:28: How has becoming a father changed your career?
- 48:56: Do you have any recommendations for listeners?
- 50:10 What is your preferred way to connect?
- 50:35: Is there anything else you’d like to share?
- “I know it’s a challenging time for the world, but it’s also an amazing time for us to recognize what we have.”
- “This is a time to work on patience…patience is my craft right now.”
- “When I discovered the arts I was more sure about it than any other physical thing on this Earth–I knew this is where I’m supposed to be right now.”
- “I think wherever you end up–wherever you are artistically, you think ‘What are the things I can take with me beyond this experience?’”
- “I didn’t [have a backup plan]. And maybe that’s what helped me.”
- “What is for you is for you. Everything that happens is for you. Not ‘to’ you. ‘For’ you.”
- “When you stop thinking just about the acting, singing, and dancing and start focusing on growth–that will enhance your art.”
- “I work really hard on my craft. But I also work equally hard on my mind.”
- “Really utilising social media right now is the biggest physical tool you can use–the art that you want to do, make a version of it and put it on Instagram. That’s helping you practice and it’s a free audition”
- “This is a season. There is a season to audition, a pilot season, every theatre company has their theatre of shows–it’s just one season. This is an opportunity for you to work on yourself and your craft in a different way.”
- “What are the things you haven’t been working on? Focus on those.”
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