“When it comes to talking about your work or performing, give it the best you got and believe in the talent you have because it got you there to compete in the first place!”
– Karryl Eugene
Karryl Eugene graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Florida in 2016. He is now a rising sophomore at Maryland Institute College of Art where he has a major in Painting. In his free time, Karryl enjoys going bike riding, watching Family Guy and listening to music. He was initially attracted to the ACT-SO program simply because it was a product of the renowned NAACP organization. However, after further research, he became even more impressed by the basis on which the program stood. He was also inspired by the celebrity alumni who participated in ACT-SO. They served as positive role models that influenced him to push himself and expand his artistic talents by joining the program.
In 2016, Karryl received a gold medal in the Painting category of the local Jacksonville ACT-SO branch competition. He then advanced to the national ACT-SO competition in Cincinnati, Ohio where he placed as a silver medalist in the Painting category for his piece titled, Love and Intimacy.
Favorite Part About ACT-SO
Karryl’s favorite part about competing in the national ACT-SO competition was being able to meet other talented artists like himself. He thoroughly enjoyed conversing with students from all around the world and hearing about their work, creative aspirations and goals.
Karryl is eternally grateful to the ACT-SO program for presenting him with the opportunity to learn from his peers and compete against artists with unique perspectives and techniques. Being an ACT-SO participant has also brought him notable recognition, both in his everyday life and in the work field. Karryl is able to include his accolades from the ACT-SO competitions on his resume and proudly tell anyone he encounters that he is an ACT-SO alumnus.
Words of Wisdom
“Make sure to gain a lot of knowledge and learn a lot while you’re there. Network and take advantage of the master classes; you can really learn some amazing things. When it comes to talking about your work or performing, give it the best you got and believe in the talent you have because it got you there to compete in the first place!” – Karryl Eugene
Karryl also encourages current national ACT-SO competitors to explore the area of whichever city is hosting the national competition for that year. He always considered the traveling component of the ACT-SO program to be an amazing perk that allows students to experience a new environment and broaden their horizons.