Alumnus Christina Cranshaw graduated in 2013. While in high school Cranshaw participated in theater and improv.
What have you done after high school?
“I immediately found myself in a predicament that I didn’t expect,” Cranshaw said. “At the last minute, I had to drop out of my prospective college that I was going to attend after high school due to lack of funds and knowledge. I only say lack of knowledge, because I was/am a first year college student in my family. They didn’t know how to handle the situation and neither did I. I felt completely lost. Little did I know that there are resources out there that can help a struggling student. I was far too proud and embarrassed to ask for help. Learning how to ask for anything is an important journey every student needs to learn. After the drop out fiasco, I found myself scrambling to attend a local, community college. Luckily for me, the college that I would have attended no longer exists. I would have had a ghost college on my resume. I did the community college thing for awhile, but I found myself not fulfilled. I needed theatre in my life, and I soon became an ensemble member of Hip Pocket Theatre. They have given me home and a family that have been my support system for half a decade. I’m so grateful for them. After a while, I dropped out of community college in hopes of transferring to a four year university. However, life tends to get in the way. In order to pay my bills, I had to take on a full-time job. While this isn’t the regular, cookie cutter way of doing things; this was my way of doing things. I’ve worked at several DFW theatre companies along the way, and I’ve been with Jubilee Theatre for almost three years now. Luckily, this opportunity has given me the chance to get to know fellow theatre artists in the area a little more personally. Now, I’m at a point in my life where I hope to attend college full-time starting in the fall of 2018. I have a few prospective things on the horizon to advance my career in theatre arts and all I can do is work as hard as I can.”
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“I’m still asking myself this question,” Cranshaw said. “I’ve always had a passion for theatre arts. The flame has always been there. Sometimes you sit down and ask yourself, ‘Why do you do this to yourself? Just get a stable job and be done with it.’ I’ve always wanted to be an actor and a director, but you will have to answer those questions. It’s because I love it. I live to create. It’s hard when you face rejection day after day, but after a while you learn to grow this hard outer shell and to keep safe the beautiful, goopy feelings you have on the inside that makes you who you are.”
What are your plans for the future?
“I plan to keep working hard and fighting for what I want,” Cranshaw said. “I want more than anything to be able to look back at this and say that I’m proud of where I started and the journey it took to get here or there. Wherever. I’m proud to have come from Legacy, and I want to make Legacy proud of me.”
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“Not everyone’s journey is the same,” Cranshaw said. “Take a mental break from social media and recenter yourself and your wants and needs. Comparing yourself to others will only do more harm than good. Remind yourself that you are worth being here on this planet. When you get older, life can be so difficult. Don’t let it get you down. Also, it’s worth noting that kindness is everything. Be kind to everyone, and I promise it will all work out in the end. Oh! Read! You should read. It’s very good for you. And another thing: Vote, if you can. Read and vote.”