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Alum pursues acting in Los Angeles

Courtesy of Sto Strouss

Courtesy of Sto Strouss

Sto Strouss (pictured) graduated in 2011 and is pursuing an acting career in Los Angeles. He has landed roles in music videos and TV shows.

Alyson Schoenung, Staff writer

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Skater boy by day and a mustache-donning cardboard ambulance driver by night, Sto Strouss, an NKU alum, took a few minutes to give the NKU community an update on his acting career.

Strouss, originally from Lexington, Ky., received a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre from NKU in 2011. He currently resides in Los Angeles, Calif., where he is auditioning and working on acting jobs regularly. Strouss decided on acting as a career path early on in high school after being in a drama class.

Strouss was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity as an NKU student and also lived on campus.

Strouss attributes his main support system for his acting as his mom, dad and sister.

When asked how his education from NKU has influenced his acting success, Strouss said “Having the degree means a lot because there’s a lot of people that don’t. It means that, you know, I worked for something.”

He complimented NKU’s small class sizes as one of his favorite aspects of having attended the university.

What he misses most about NKU: “Hanging out in the cafeteria with my friends.”

As far as acting jobs go, Strouss has appeared in LMFAO’s music video, “Sorry for Party Rocking,” in which he is a goofy ambulance driver.

“They called me, asked if I was available, and I showed up,” Strouss said.

He also appeared in a re-enactment on Spike TV’s popular show, “1,000 Ways To Die.”

Strouss’ favorite job so far, however; was not a re-enactment or a music video. “It was a short film in San Diego where I was a sock puppet and a character in a movie,” he said.

Strouss revealed that his dream job is landing a role on a TV sitcom. This goal is based on his primary acting interest in comedy.

Adjusting to life in California versus Northern Kentucky has proven more expensive for Strouss.

“Balancing work and time to audition [and] be social is harder,” he said.

According to Strouss, being in Los Angeles does have its advantages.

“I like that it’s the main spot for entertainment and skateboarding,” he said.

Strouss’ advice for other aspiring actors: “It’s 90 percent drive and only 10 percent talent, if you want it, you only have to come out here and get it.”

Strouss plans to come back to NKU at some point to visit, but is currently awaiting an upcoming project in March, when he will be working on a short horror film.

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