My Name Is... Josiah Callahan

Creative, spiritual young man finds joy in performing

David Gilbert
dgilbert@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 6/7/21

Finding myself in theater I’m a college student in Minnesota, and right now I’m living in Littleton with my mom while she attends Denver Seminary. I’m majoring in English. Performing and …

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My Name Is... Josiah Callahan

Creative, spiritual young man finds joy in performing

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Finding myself in theater

I’m a college student in Minnesota, and right now I’m living in Littleton with my mom while she attends Denver Seminary.

I’m majoring in English. Performing and creative expression are huge parts of my life. I tried sports in high school, but it just never clicked.

But theater? That’s where I really found myself. I tried out for a part in our school play. I don’t even remember what the play was called — it was something our teacher adapted.

I played this crazy ‘80s-style dancer. I wore this neon shirt, and part of my role was to go dancing off into the crowd.

Suddenly everyone was laughing and smiling and cheering — for me. It felt amazing. I felt like Beyonce. I think it’s the same sort of feeling a football player would get from scoring a touchdown. I knew I was finally where I was supposed to be.

Spiritual side

My mom is very religious, and I’m definitely a Christian, but I would say my relationship with God is a more spiritual one than a church-based one. God has helped me through terrible times, but I have friends who aren’t quite so religious, so I know when to keep it to myself.

My identity as a person of color shapes how I see the world. I’m Black and I’m proud. Yes, there’s hate and negativity out there, but you’ve got to have confidence in yourself. That hate will fade away if you love yourself, and the world will see that.

Love yourself first

I hope to channel my creativity into screenwriting. I would love to work for Disney.

Being a creative person, I guess there is a message I’m trying to convey. Well, first would be “Hakuna Matata,” but I also want to say: You can’t expect anyone to love and appreciate you if you don’t love yourself first.

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