Earl Decoud Jr. (@chiefsolomon)
Earl Decoud Jr. is a Performing Artist Among Us and a driven and rising young star.
Earl made history in February 2017 when he was one of two students from San Bernardino Valley College Theater Arts who was cast in productions at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Earl performed in Doing Nothing is Doing Something exploring the language of hate and social issues in this country. He was subsequently nominated for the Kennedy Center's The Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship and will have the privilege to perform in a series of works in competition for the scholarship.
Although he is excited, honored, and humbled by this opportunity, he focuses on his future dreams. He has visions and goals that are clear and concrete. He wants to be a professional artist performing work that he believes has a message and purpose, works that leave a resonance in the heart and mind. He wants people to remember his characters and not him as an actor. It is also extremely important to him that his work accurately reflect the many faces, backgrounds, cultures, and experiences of Black America.
What sets him apart from his peers is his humbleness and willingness to learn. He wants to be known as the man with a million faces. He is observant of the world around him and learns from everything including "humans, animals, the way the wind blow, the way the sky moves." Because of his core beliefs and values, he is open to different types of work spanning from classical to television.
A work that he is particularly proud of is A New Day in which he was able to portray and honor a dear friend:
Earl attributes his love of theater to his mother who put him in the YMCA where he performed seasonal plays. He remember the way he was able to make the audience feel something whether it was happiness, joy, sadness. He fell out of theater but subsequently rekindled this joy and love when he removed from the high school football team for poor grades. This re-awakening of the soul helped him improve his grades and get into College where he found his calling as an artist.
He describes the feeling of being on stage: "It is amazing being on stage and watching as people watch you and their eyes just get big as they watch everything you're doing." And this feeling continued to grow in college under the guidance of his professors, especially Ronald Bourbeau who really helped him foster his craft.
Look for Earl in his upcoming performances with the Kennedy Center and follow him on Instagram @chiefsolomon.