As a senior I had some things in the works in terms of potential opportunities I was going to pursue but everything is so unpredictable now and I just have no idea what is going to happen in the next three months. I do gigs on weekends in churches and that income is gone. It's really crazy. I feel like the hardest part is being around people. What I love most about being a student and musician is the comradery of being an artist and that is gone right now. That is the biggest part that has been taken away from me.
Once the pandemic awareness started happening I was doing research and I talked to peers about it, had conversations with people close to admin here, and I was told to prepare for the worst and that hit me so hard. I was like, what does that mean? I had to turn that thing on in my head to prepare for the worst. Once the cancellation emails came in it hit me like a boulder.
I was the scarecrow in the Musket production in the Wiz. At the last Wiz rehearsal we did a full run because we didn't want to go out without having that done. We wanted everyone to be able to run the show full and give it our whole heart. It was such a great thing and provided closure for me. But there were hopes from the production staff that we would be able to film it in another setting and that is what they worked for. But as you said, the cancellation emails kept coming and that didn't happen. It was so devastating.
Zion Jackson is a singer, actor, and arts administrator from Lansing, MI. He recently graduated from the University of Michigan in 2020 with a degree in Voice Performance and a minor in Performing Arts Management & Entrepreneurship. Zion is committed to advocating for artists of color and creating accessible art that educates, enables, and cultivates change. In his free time, Zion enjoys traveling, cooking, and exploring new art.