100 Creatives 2012: Mark Ivy, Actor, Emotion Coordinator

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Mark Herndon Ivy.
Mark Ivy has always known that performing was his calling. As an energetic and boisterous boy, he walked around the house singing all the time, leading his mom to sign him up for the Fort Bend Boy's Choir. He started acting classes in middle school, and really began participating in theater in high school. A Houston-area native, he is a proud graduate of Hightower High School in Fort Bend ISD and Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) Humphreys School of Musical Theatre.

Ivy devoted himself to his craft while in college. Almost weekly he drove from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville to perform professionally on Houston stages, such as when he played Jason in Rabbit Hole at Stages Repertory Theatre to critics' applause. He was seen as Royce in Theater LaB's True Love Lies and Seymour in the TUTS production of Little Shop of Horrors at Miller Outdoor Theatre, and garnered good reviews as Henry in Next to Normal at Stages. He is happy to find "all three of [his] favorite things kind of combined into this perfect world of entertaining."

What He Does: He says he acts because "I think it is my job to make people feel emotions of any kind, whether that be happy, sad or laughing out loud. That's my job. I'm an emotion coordinator for people."

Why He Likes It: Ivy explains, "I like acting because it's one of the only things I feel like I know how to do well. I feel like I know how to perform and entertain well. It's what I was like born to do."

He elaborates that acting comes naturally to him. "There's no other thing like it, really," he stated. "It's such a natural aspect of every single human. I mean, everyone acts every single day; they just don't know it."

What Inspires Him: "My dad. He's always been like a really hard worker. He's provided everything for his family," he says. "Well, I'd say my family. They've always encouraged me and always supported me in every single decision I've ever made in my life, and they gave me an outlet where I can pursue the dream that I want to pursue, which is, of course, being a performer." Ivy continues, "So, I think knowing that they've done that for me makes me want to give everything back in return and then some. I know they want me to see me fulfill my hopes and dreams and be happy all my life, so that's what I want to show them, that I can."

If Not This, Then What: Ivy currently works on the Stages Repertory Theatre sales team, and he says he likes talking to people and selling things. "Well, I have teacher blood ingrained in me." He states, "My mom's a teacher. My whole mom's side, they're all teachers. And I actually used to be a mascot instructor. A very well-trained mascot instructor, so I think if I wasn't acting at some point in my life, I'd probably be teaching. I like giving back. I've always enjoyed children. So, I think I could be a teacher, maybe."

If Not Here, Then Where: "I kind of come from a mind-set that all actors are a little bit of gypsies, especially in the early stages of their careers. So, it's my plan in about a year and a half, after I've racked up a few more résumé credits and saved a little bit more money, I'm probably going to move to New York. Just, you know, I've got to try it. I want to try it. I always have." He expounds on that, saying, "Every time I go there, I'm always like, 'Ah, I should live here right now.' All my friends live there, so I think if not Houston, then probably New York. I love Chicago, and I've never been to L.A. So, I figure I'll start exploring this country pretty soon."

What's Next: Ivy just finished his 25th consecutive week of being in a show, so, he said, "I've asked for two weeks off." After his break, he says, "Then I start Panto [Mother Goose] at Stages, and that runs all the way to January. I'm going to be Tommy Tucker in Panto, but I get a very important two-week break for my mental and vocal health -- much needed, much deserved, I would say." He plans to catch up on sleep, then "wake up, and start it again."

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(In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).

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