Glenwood Springs High School senior Josh Shied is a jack of many trades and a master of making people laugh.
Comedy is at the center of his performance from improv class to the high school play to writing his own material.
He also likes to rock out on his Gibson Les Paul, works as a lifeguard, and has joined the Navy reserve through the JROTC program. He recently took a moment to talk about how he balances it all.
Post Independent: What sort of things do you like to write?
Josh Shied: I like comedy. I can write satire, and I can write comedy. I don’t really write serious.
I don’t want people crying. I want people laughing. It may not be the cure-all-medicine some people say, but it does help.
PI: Does that come out in your other activities?
JS: A lot of my humor also goes back into acting. I went into the play last year thinking I’d be fine with any role.
Ms. Mcraith knows from improv class that I can be funny, so she put me as Dewey.
PI: Is comedy what drew you to acting in the first place?
JS: Not necessarily. I like being on stage. I like talking to people. I’m not shy. I’m very approachable, apparently.
PI: What kind of music do you like to play?
JS: I got my first guitar when I was around six. I listen to a lot of classic rock and metal and country, which is fun because it’s some of the most difficult to play.”
PI: How does comedy fit with your more serious activities?
JS: I know how to switch it off. Lifeguarding has helped me take myself seriously. It makes me feel like I’m not a joke.
PI: How did you decide to join the military?
JS: My dad was in the Navy. I love the heritage and the history.
It really helps me out later on in life. It gives me the discipline I need. It’s going to set me up so I can get an education.
I also wanted to see the world. I think the furthest I’ve been in the last ten years is Lake Powell.
Also it’s serving the country. There’s no greater reward.
Usually people are surprised. They think maybe I’d be a comedian or something. Nope. Navy.
PI: Anything else you think might surprise people?
JS: I love winter. It’s probably my favorite season. The snow makes everything so beautiful.
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