"At our school, it's cool to be in drama. At other schools, they may be nerds or geeks," Tyler said.
Most good actors have a big personality and become more well-rounded and mature for experience in a diverse range of roles, the 18-year-old said.
In the sixth grade, Tyler auditioned to attend Davidson to pursue his talent for singing. He soon discovered he loved drama and realized his other talents for song and dance worked well with acting.
"Really, drama is the one thing I'm really, really passionate about," he said.
He's certain drama is his calling because it's easy for him to ignore warnings about becoming a starving artist:
"I will do what it takes to get by, and still do what I really love."
You might have seen Tyler in action. Besides performing at Davidson, he has been in productions with the Augusta Players, Le Chat Noir and the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre.
His favorite character of his 20-plus roles is a turn as Captain Hook last year in Davidson's Peter Pan.
He won All-Star Cast awards when he and his classmates competed at the Georgia Theatre Conference (in which they placed first), and then at the Southeast Theatre Conference, where they were runners-up with their staging of A Thurber Carnival . (Tyler is wearing his costume as Mr. Preble from that performance in the photo on the left).
Focus, determination and motivation are all required for a good actor, and those skills translate well into his academics. Tyler takes several Advanced Placement classes and is involved in numerous school clubs.
In August, Tyler is headed to North Carolina to attend Catawba College, the second-ranked theater school in the country. Tyler has a scholarship from the Georgia International Thespian Society.
After he graduates with a theater degree, he plans to go in search of auditions and start his acting career.
"Just being able to perform on a stage is my focus, as a career, as my main goal," he said.
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