By: Nickoy Anderson
|Akeelia Hamilton/ Montego Bay campus
Actor, Jamaican theatre veteran and philanthropist, the epitome of an all-round theatre boss Glen Campbell, mentioned in an interview how crucial it is to “discover your skills and work on developing them”. His philanthropic acts are clearly being extended to many students islandwide whom he helps in discovering and building talents. As Campbell allocates time out of a busy schedule to accommodate students in such building.
“Talent can take you far without a doubt, but the cultivation and polishing of that same talent can shoot you even further” the 55-year-old actor mentioned in an interview with Hilltop Trumpet Journalist. Campbell, thus spends his time in giving hands- on service to prospective youth from all walks of life. Through selfless service in alignment with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC).
Annually, workshops are done by Campbell under the JAMBIZ umbrella, the production house he is an employee of, to help young people enhance their craft.
It is after focusing on this, that the conclusion is drawn that though the theatre (drama, speech and music) is merely an aspect of talent, talent lies in a variety of other things that need to be developed as well. University students are no more excluded from how important it is to discover your talent and develop them thoroughly so that maximum benefit can be attained from our God-given gifts.
When asked when his talent was realised, Campbell’s response was, “It might have been after joining the drama club in the 4th form at the Jamaica College and performing at the Drama festival.” With that said it can be inferred that Campbell’s experience was a prompt for each student to make the juxtaposition and see the bigger picture; that talent can launch us into unchartered waters, but the onus is on us to develop our swimming skills, or sink gradually.
It is this talent that entrenches our purpose which led Campbell to mention “Find your talent, fulfill your purpose and never let anyone talk you out of it”- Glen ‘Titus’ Campbell