Meet The Artist: Teen aims to inspire through acting

By Logan A. White
Times-News correspondent 

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Dakarai Ince poses with two cast mates from The Gallery Players' "The Wiz." [Photo submitted

   December’s featured artist is Dakarai Omolara Kokayi Ince, an 18-year-old Brooklyn native who currently resides in Burlington.
Ince is an actor who describes himself as “just getting started on my craft.” Ince has been featured in numerous local productions, most recently performing as The Cowardly Lion in The Gallery Players’ “The Wiz”.
Teens & 20s: What inspires you most as an artist?
Ince: To see an amazing show or an amazing actor in a movie or a TV series is my inspiration.
Teens & 20s: When do you feel you made the transition from hobby to passion?
Ince: When I was 13 years old, I went to an audition for “The Wizard of Oz” and was cast as the Cowardly Lion. After going through the rehearsals and then the show itself, I realized where my passion was.
Teens & 20s: What other form of art have you always wanted to try?
Ince: I’ve always wanted to learn how to successfully play the electric guitar.
Teens & 20s: What is your biggest artistic challenge and why?
Ince: I think my biggest artistic challenge will probably be keeping a steady breath while doing choreography. In theater, you have what is called a musical. In a musical you dance, sing, and act. So a lot of times when you’re dancing you have to sing as well making it kind of difficult to keep up your stamina which would be helping you maintain your breathing.
Teens & 20s: What message do you want to spread through theater?
Ince: Don’t let anyone persuade you to stop believing in your dream.
Teens & 20s: What do you think is the most common misconception about theater/acting?
Ince: I know quite a few people that think theater is nothing but a woman’s profession. They have never been more wrong.
Teens & 20s: If you weren’t an artist, what other passion would you pursue?
Ince: Before I chose to be an actor, I was into football. So I’m guessing I’d still be doing that if I didn’t have a passion for acting.
Teens & 20s: Anything else you want to add?
Ince: For anyone out there who thinks they may have an interest in theater, my advice to you is to go for it. There’s only one way to find out if it’s truly for you. To those of you already involved in theater … break a leg.

Logan A. White is a Teens & 20s writer and a home-schooled high school graduate. She currently trains in Cary Ballet Conservatory’s professional program.

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