SCC student Eric Hennig got his start in acting in the fourth grade as the butler in “Annie” and at that point he was hooked. “I’ve wanted to be an actor for as long as I can remember,” he said.
He auditioned for SCC’s Young People’s Theatre (YPT) in the seventh grade after learning about it from his older sister. He was disappointed to not make the cut, but that didn’t stop him from trying again.
The second time around, Eric landed the lead role for YPT’s production of “The Homecoming,” and he continued doing plays with YPT until high school.
“The Young People’s Theatre helped me realize that acting was what I really wanted to do,” Eric said. “I got a lot of acting advice from the older students."
SCC has been a family affair for Eric. Not only was his sister involved in YPT, but she took classes at the college as well and, his younger brother played baseball for the Cougars. “I’ve been coming to the SCC campus since I was a little kid,” he said. “I thought it was so cool, and I said, ‘I'm never leaving.’ ”
Although he still attends SCC, he often has to take breaks for auditions and to be on set for various acting jobs. Eric signed with an agent as a senior in high school, and he now has a few different agents all over the country.
“I didn’t think about acting in TV or commercials until high school,” Eric said. “I just liked theater.”
He was featured in a scene in the Hunger Games movie as a “game maker.” Although he did not have a speaking line, he said the experience was worth it. He has also been cast on the TV show “One Tree Hill” where he made a lot of connections.
While his passion is acting, school is still a priority. “Education is really important, obviously,” Eric said. “It’s a good back up to have with an acting career, and my teachers are always really helpful.”
When making the choice between acting and school, he often goes to his mom for advice. She works in health care, and if acting doesn’t work out, Eric has considered studying radiation therapy. “My mom is my biggest supporter,” he said.