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Sam Shankman The Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards Memphis, TN

How did you get into theater?

I first got into theater when my parents signed me up for a summer camp at Playhouse on the Square, a regional Memphis theater. While there, I learned about some auditions for shows at that theater, so I just began auditioning to see what I could do!

Who are some of your role models in entertainment?

One role model of mine is definitely my high school drama teacher, Tim Greer. He's taught me so much, not only about performing, but also about being a decent human being in this industry.

What challenges have you had to overcome to get here?

It's a fine line between confidence and arrogance. I always remind myself that being petty is not the way to go, even if that's what we want to do sometimes.

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