Quincy was born in the small but unique Muskegon, Michigan. He played football at Muskegon High School and was state runner-up his senior year. That year he also had his first performance as Ching Ho in Thoroughly Modern Millie. After going to Kalamazoo College to continue football, he continued to take acting classes, but wouldn’t be in anything until "Sketch N’ Etch: A Sketch Comedy Series” his junior year. This reignited his motivation to act and lead to him departing the football team. His senior year he played Walter Younger in “A Raisin in the Sun” and Benny in “In the Heights.” While in Kalamazoo, he did a couple commercials and small roles in local plays. Since coming to Los Angeles, he’s been able to work on a few USC student films including “Jerry McGuire”, “Taxi Driver”, and an original “Closed In.”
Tell us about a transformative educational experience.
Going into my senior year of college, I had to take a summer calculus course for my business major and had a great deal of problems in it (I used to be great in math before college). By this time, I hadn’t been in many theatre projects, but I had taken enough classes to start confidently auditioning for roles in school productions. As I got more involved in theatre, I began to realize I really didn’t want what came with a business degree except the “job security” and that I’d rather enjoy the work I do. That calculus course made me reevaluate what I really wanted to do. That calculus class lead me to switch my business major and theatre minor which allowed me to take basically all theatre classes my senior year which I’d otherwise missed out on.
What about transformative professional experiences?
I’ve worked many jobs/internships including being an office assistant for my school theatre, working front of house at a small restaurant, job shadowing mechanical and chemical engineers, installing boat docks, and a few more. I really enjoy learning about different things and how stuff work, so I’d say I’ve learned how to come into system and figure out the part I play in the bigger picture.
Why I do what I do...
I have many reasons, but I think the one that really keeps me, no matter what, is I truly enjoy stories.
What about ECT inspires you?
Again, I have many reasons, but the biggest so far has been Aaron’s relentlessness in being a great teacher, the actual physical space of ECT as well as the other artists.
Where have you traveled? Where would you like to visit?
Outside the U.S., I’ve been to Spain, Lisbon, Netherlands, and Italy. I would really like to make it to all seven continents in some capacity. For now, let’s say Ecuador.
My favorite "day-off" event would be...
Go to a nice outdoor restaurant with some friends and then go to the beach. If it’s really a good day, I can go find a few pieces of nice clothing.
If I had one million dollars I would...
Pay some bills, buy a few small gifts for friends and family, buy a dog, invest and save the rest.
Did you know...
Mansa Musa was the emperor of Mali and at the time was rich enough to cause inflation by giving away too much of it on a pilgrimage.