We had the good fortune of connecting with Zander Krenger and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Zander, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Every audition is a risk for a performer. I feel butterflies every time that I audition for or play a role, share a new magic trick, or sing on stage. As an actor, I have had to befriend stepping out of my comfort zone on a regular basis and learn to embrace risk. Perhaps the biggest risks that I have taken in my career have been geographical ones. First, I worked as an intern at Disneyworld and stayed on to work there full-time when the program ended. I was hundreds of miles from my family but I was doing what I loved. Then, four years ago, when the film industry was blooming in Georgia, I took another risk and moved from my familiar environment to a place where I did not know anyone except my significant other. Since that time, I have been on stage in Marietta, worked as an actor at Six Flags and Netherworld, have worked in multiple states with American Immersion Theatre, have had a role in a major film, have worked lighting and sound for productions, and most recently host my own magic show (as well as working on other productions) with Role Call Theatre in Atlanta. Taking the risk of moving to Georgia has expanded my world exponentially. I encourage everyone to take the risks necessary to facilitate their dreams.
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.
My passion is my purpose. I pursued a career centered on the arts because creative thinking is what has always fueled me. Being an actor is nothing short of a rollercoaster ride. Each audition bring excitement. Each new role brings a chance to manifest a new persona and to engage an audience in thinking in a new way. Each new magic trick is a means to bring a little bit of mystery to an otherwise typical day. I feel that I am set apart because I have an interest in and have developed myself in many aspects associated with performance.
The journey has not been a smooth or easy one. Ultimately, it is the energy exchange between myself as the artist and the audience that keeps me in pursuit of my dreams, especially on the days when the rollercoaster isn’t that much fun. I love the moments when people laugh with me or are touched by a project that I have worked on. I love being able to provide just the right technical skills in lighting or sound to a project. I once heard the phrase that “life is supposed to be fun” and the pursuit of a creative career allows me to help it be that way.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If they had never been here before I would 100% buy a city pass so we could do all the touristy things here (World of Coca-Cola, Center for Civil and Human Rights, Georgia Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta Botanical Garden).
We would swing by the Fox, Strand and Role Call Theaters and see if they have any shows going on.
I think everyone would enjoy going to Marietta Square – shopping, eating and spending time outside. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to my faith, my family and my friends.