We had the good fortune of connecting with Given Sharp and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Given, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I feel that I’ve pursued a career in the arts for the same reason most artists do; I just can’t imagine myself doing anything else. I’m at my best when I’m creating. Whether that’s in front of a camera or behind a canvas, I have a need to make art.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve known I wanted to work in the arts for a very long time. I’ve been working towards where I am now since I was a kid. It’s definitely been a long journey, but I feel like the time that I’ve put into it has allowed me to grow as both a person and an artist. It’s also allowed me to learn about the importance of patience, and that things typically don’t just happen overnight. The thing that makes me excited about my art is that I’m not a cynic. For years I’ve watched people make cynical art, and that’s fine, but many artists act like if you’re not a cynic you can’t make good art and that’s simply not true. I try to approach acting and art with the wonder of a child. When you’re a kid you think everything is possible. You have no limits to your imagination. I want to use my platform to create things that make people happy. To put out positivity into the world. I know some people think that’s silly or cliché but it’s what I want my work to accomplish.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ooh, I love this question! I love Atlanta. I was born here and I’ve spent pretty much all of my life in Georgia. If I had a friend in town who had never been here, I’d take them to all my favorite places. Visit The High, shop in Little Five Points, bike in Piedmont Park, and probably eat at The Varsity because, I mean, you have to right? There’s Joystick Gamebar off Edgewood Ave that I had the pleasure of going to before the pandemic. They have tons of classic arcade games and, well, alcohol. So that’s a must-see. There’s also an amazing cat cafe called Java Cats near Grant Park, so maybe there too. Cats and coffee, who could ask for more Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents have always supported my love for the arts. I’m lucky to have parents that understand that you can make a career out of performing and creating. There have been moments when I doubted myself and my abilities, but they’ve always been unwavering in their support.
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