Young Artist Spotlight: Erdem Ulker

By Allie Reardon

Erdem Ulker, son of Burcu Ulker and Cenk Ulker, is a 16 year old junior attending Meade County High School. His freshman year Erdem auditioned for the school play, The Princess and the Pea, and earned the role of Donald Dunce. This performance would spark a love for performing that would continue for years. The next year Erdem continued as a member of the drama club, auditioning for both Radium Girls and I Hate Shakespeare that year. In Radium Girls he played Artur Roeder, an antagonist and main target for conflict in the show. Then in I Hate Shakespeare, he played Unhappy Person, one of two main characters in the show. Currently Erdem is the vice president of the drama club, and plans to continue pursuing acting after high school.


Q: “Where does your love for acting come from?”

A: “I knew ever since I first thought about taking up acting, it would be my definitive choice for a career. Well, I think it’s more than a career, personally. I don’t see it as something to keep me occupied, really. It’s a passion of mine. Whenever I have to memorize these long monologues or go through with these difficult scenes, it never bothers me. I just love it that much and I never see it as ‘work’. It’s something I enjoy.”

Q: “Do you have any theatre traditions or superstitions?”

A: “I do not.”

Q: Who would say is your biggest inspiration, either artistically or otherwise”

A: “Any great performance, piece of writing, album, really. I respect art to the fullest and use everything I see as inspiration to build myself up, whether it’s good or bad. It helps me make better choices.”

Q: “Do you have a dream role?”

A: “I just want a character with great writing. I’d love to lead a movie that’s more of a character study. I feel like those are the movies/shows where we get to connect to the protagonist the most.”

Q: “If you had control, what would you pick for the next drama club production?”

A: “A play that’s crime/drama related.”

Q: “What's your favorite thing to act?

A: “Scenes that show how high the stakes are, emotional scenes.”

Q: “What would you like to see happen in the Meade County Arts scene?”

A: “ More recognition perhaps.”

Q: “What advice do you have for someone who would like to start acting?”

A: “It is something you will have to commit to. It’s not something to take for granted, and it’s definitely not for everyone. Emotions are something you have to leave out of it. You have to ask yourself if you’re doing this for just a hobby, or if you’re doing this because you’re genuinely passionate. Your heart must be in it.”

Q: “What's your favorite thing about being a part of the drama club at MCHS?”

A: “Being able to put on a show in front of an audience. It shows me how far I’ve come, what I’ve done right, what I’ve done wrong... everything. When you get on that stage, you improve as an actor, and I’m glad I get to have that opportunity.”

Q: “Is there anyone you would like to thank for their support in your artistic career so far?”

A: “Everyone who’s ever supported me throughout this journey so far. They know who they are. When I’m successful, I will not forget to give them the respect that they deserve. It’s not just me, they’re a part of this too.”

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