Moorestown High School, SOUL Joel’s Alma matter, has been nothing but supportive early in his career in entertainment, hiring Soul Joel Productions for various fundraiser events. In addition, SOUL Joel spoke at the high school’s, “Wellness Day,” in the Fall of 2010. What better way to give back to his Alma mater than to periodically spotlight fellow Moorestown Alumni on The Comedy Point’s website.
This week we are honored to have Josh May, graphic designer and class of 1997.
I would think i’m more responsible than i was then. I think that is something that stands out especially to me. Because I have always felt like I never gave much thought to my future back in high school. I didn’t apply myself or think of what foundations I laid would help or hurt my life. Today, I am always thinking of the outcome of my decisions. Reasoning on how it will affect me or my family or others. Makes me feel old.
What important things have you learned over the years that have helped you become who you are today?
It’s good to think of others and to help and be considerate. But sometimes you need to think of yourself first. Not selfishly, but honestly. Losing my father helped me to understand that. My father never took care of himself but always sacrificed his time and efforts for others. Which is a good thing. But, stress and putting off important health issues was his downfall in the end. You need time to reflect and readjust and sometimes just to have fun by yourself. There has to be balance in your life.
What were you best known for in high school?
I think for doing the ReRun. And being a spaz. I don’t know. That’s what stuck out in my mind. I’m sure if you asked someone else they might tell you different. I would like to think that I was remembered for good things.
I honestly didn’t expect to see myself where I’m at now. I never thought I was smart enough to do anything meaningful good with my life, speaking directly to my career. I think I always thought of myself as a slacker in school and I would be a slacker pretty much throughout life. I think this kinda goes back to my answer for the first question. Becoming more responsible and confident with myself allow. I may not make a lot of money but I feel I am successful because I am doing something I went to school for and had passion for. But McDonalds fry cook was at the top of my list.
Did the people who knew you best think you would be doing what you’re doing now?
I have heard people say,” we thought you’d be acting or doing something in showbiz”. I think because I loved to entertain people and make them laugh. I think people that knew me well would be surprised that I am doing design work and not more art related work. I still love to paint but I feel like if I did that as a job it would become something I didn’t have passion for.
Was anything you did in high school or college related to what you do now?
I started doing Graphic Design and then went into doing structural design for display work. I think my art background helps me with that but I think its on a parallel line of what I did then.
Are there any dreams in high school that you let go of? Are there any dreams that you haven’t achieved that you hoping to accomplish in the future?
Being Cool .Hahaha JK. I already am…in my head. A few years back a few of my friends and I decided to start writing a sitcom. I mean, out writing style is horrible and I think Mr. Thomas (my English HS teacher) would have a heart attack. But it’s a learning experience and it’s fun. It would be nice to see it be picked up and considered. But we’re not at that stage yet.
I missed my 10 year reunion too because of a family emergency. So it would be nice to see everyone again too. Sans Facebook.
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