“[Opening Act] helped me develop empathy, to look at everyone as a human being and want to understand them.”
Cleavon | Opening Act Student (Brooklyn)
Cleavon has always been an artist. From an early age he discovered a passion for performing, whether it be acting, dancing, or rapping, but he “never took it too seriously because my schools didn’t have any kind of theater programs so I had no way to really pursue it.” Freshman year this all changed when Cleavon enrolled in Opening Act and found a creative and supportive community. “Opening Act is like home for me, not like the part where you wake up and eat breakfast, but the part where at dinner you tell stories about your day, that’s what Opening Act is to me.” Opening Act challenged Cleavon to become a more committed artist. “It immediately made me take my art more seriously and pushed me to be better. Now I’m passionate about studying my craft and building my skills.” Cleavon also believes Opening Act has made him a better person: “It helped me develop empathy, to look at everyone as a human being and want to understand them. It taught me skills I use every day: to be patient, to listen, to solve problems and help others.” After high school, Cleavon plans on attending New York City College of Technology to study Audio Engineering and will continue to rap, act, and perform.