Jonathan Lam
Headshot of CPCC Student Jonathan Lam

Do what you love.

Jonathan Lam, a Central Piedmont student majoring in Technical Theatre, takes that statement to heart. "The joy I feel from technical theatre is uncanny," explains Jonathan. "When I found out I could do it as a living, I thought, 'why not?' I've seen so many adults question their career paths, wondering if they should have pursued something they loved, instead of their current job. I didn't want to be like them; I wanted to follow my passion, theatre."

Jonathan's love for performing arts began in high school, when a teacher asked him to volunteer behind the scenes at a school play. There, he not only learned about the many pieces of the puzzle that come together to create a live show stage management, lighting, sound, set design and costumes but also the team aspect of the job, which involved everyone working together to evoke a particular emotion from the audience.

He was hooked.

He enrolled at Central Piedmont as a first generation college student because of the college's affordability, immediately got involved in its Drama Club and began taking classes in his craft Acting I, Acting II, Theatre Appreciation, etc. Since becoming a Central Piedmont student, he's excelled academically thanks to the help he's received from members of the faculty. "The instructors are very involved with the students," he adds. "They care about each student and want to help them successfully hurdle any obstacle that crosses their path."

As a result of his hard work, Jonathan will graduate with an Associate in Arts degree from Central Piedmont in Technical Theatre in December 2018 and hopes to secure a position as a sound designer, sound board operator or musician with a touring theatre company.

But, before he packs his bags, he has some words of advice for his peers: "Remember, you are on your own path in life. Don't be afraid to explore, to be what you were meant to be, and always choose to do what you love."