After 107 interviews, Che of The Town interviews himself from the Big Apple

After 107 interviews, Che of The Town interviews himself from the Big Apple

[Che Holloway outside Bad Axe Throwing in Rochester, NY. Except where indicated, images provided by Che]

In 2017, we first met Che Holloway in Rochester works for actor Che Holloway.

As seen in Che of The Town: Interviews (1-107), that article led to Che’s monumental series of interviews — 107 in all — he conducted with Rochesterians from various cultural art and media fields.

A few years ago, Che moved to NYC to pursue his acting career. Today, he returns for a cameo role: the 108th Che of the Town interview conducted by himself.

Che at Rochester City Hall from Getting To Know Mayor Lovely Warren; A Trailblazing Leader Within Our City Photo: Michele Ashlee.

Q. Tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, grew up, what H.S./College you attended etc.

Hello there! My name is Che Holloway, I was born and raised in Rochester, N.Y. and studied theatre/acting locally at both The Geva Theatre Summer Conservatory in 2007 and 2009 and at the School of the Arts (2009 Alumni).

Che Holloway outside School of the Arts that he attended [Photo: David Kramer, 2/12/17]  From Rochester works for actor Che Holloway

Q. What inspired you to be an artist/entertainer? Early experiences worth sharing?

What inspired me to be an artist is the fact that I have always been in awe of artists creating magic, whether it’s on stage or film. It has always been a motivating and inspirational point for me. The aspect of bringing spectators to a whole other world has always seemed like a coveted gift in which I have always wanted to partake.

Q. What do you believe sets you apart from other artists/entertainers and figures in media?

This is a great question because as the years have gone by I have realized that the art making process is a collective effort in which we all bring our own flavor. I believe I am no different than most other artists in that regard.

Q. Do you have other interests or hobbies?

From time to time I dabble in Real Estate, it’s always been another interest of mine. I also am fond of shining a light on artists whether they are established or whether they are just starting out, in the form of artist highlight interviews through either or Talker of the Town.

Q. Any projects you have out or currently working on?

With everything going on in the world and my personal life I have slowed down for a bit, however I have recently worked on a comedy short film with Mike Gerbino, creator of the local hit comedy Dark Justice Show called Baloney Boys. 

I have also recently joined SAG-AFTRA and plan on jumping back into the swing of things where auditions and acting are concerned. Sometimes life happens and you have to take some alternate routes to get to your desired destination.

Q. Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?

In five years I would like to see myself continuing to collaborate with other artists and seeing more of the world. I have a strong wanderlust that consumes me from time to time.

Q. What advice can you give to aspiring artists/entertainers?

My advice to other artists/entertainers would be to just jump in and figure everything else out as it comes. Don’t be so hard on yourself, and remember it’s a marathon not a race. Try not to get wrapped up in what everyone else has going on and try not to compare yourself, because what I have learned through the years is that comparison can truly be the thief of joy. Be confident in the fact that you are YOU. Which means you are already unique and bring your own unique thoughts and experiences. Stand in your own individuality.

Q. How can we follow along in your journey? Social media?

I have the big three, I have Instagram (@cheholloway5), Twitter (che_holloway) and Facebook ( Id love it if you can follow/add me and follow along in my journey. Id also love to help where I can so don’t be shy, say hello!

Warm Regards,

Che Holloway



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About The Author

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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