To be or not to be was never a question for UW-L's Calahan Skogman, the Eagles star basketball player shines not only on the court but also on the stage.
"If you ask my parents, they will tell you that I have been joking around with them for a long time that it doesn't matter what degree I get because I'm leaving for LA after I graduate and try to make it big or whatever," says Skogman.
It's a dream, Skogman has had for as long as he can remember, but because of his commitment to basketball, acting has stayed off-stage until now.
"It's still a struggle, growing up I always wanted to do the musicals but I never could because I was always in basketball," says Skogman.
On the court this season Skogman led the Eagles in points per game with 15.8 but his best score this year was landing the lead role in the Art Department's production of the Metal Children.
"I have had people that have seen it and said, I'm going to have to come see it again, because I missed out on a bunch because I was just looking at you, and they were like it's just weird that he is acting like that, I have only seen him running around pounding his chest and holding up celebration signs after hitting a 3 on the court, it's a pretty different experience if your going to watch me from that too that," says Skogman.
It was even different for Skogman's teammates and coaches, all of whom saw him perform on stage.
"You know that's so much more than I could possibly ask for, I actually found out I got the lead role around them so they were there to see me freak out and like see me be excited over the situation, but they have been so supportive and they know that it's a huge portion of my life they've embraced it," says Skogman.
While basketball and acting may seem like a strange combo to most, for Skogman the rush is all the same.
"I think a lot of people would be surprised at how similar they are, a lot of things alike it's all about getting what you want for something you want and fighting for something that you need, and working with people to get there, there's a flow in both there's action in both there's things that happen that you don't expect in both," says Skogman.
Whether he's on the court, or on the stage, Skogman has one goal he wants to achieve.
"I just want to create stuff that makes people feel alive, says Skogman, and I want them to feel like that's real, that changed me, that moved me, that would make me the happiest guy in the world if I could make people feel that way."
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