At 17 and just a senior in high school, Odom was the youngest person to do the Broadway production of RENT. Throughout his career, he has been seen in guest roles on such prominent shows as Grey’s Anatomy, Supernatural, NCIS: L.A., Vanished, Gilmore Girls, and Threshold, among many others. And that’s to say nothing of his theater experience, which includes Jersey Boys, Being Alive and Once on this Island with Reprise LA!.
The journey, at times, has been rough. There were many times when Odom wanted to “quit the business” and leave L.A., where where he moved after graduating from Carnegie Mellon. “The grind is so ... brutal,” he says. “It can be a lonely journey but I had to pursue this thing with my whole heart. It’s my first love.”
Although he has sacrificed the comforts of a “secure” and “consistent” job, Odom says he had countless friends and family who didn’t want to see him give up.
When Odom visits Philly to guest teach to youth in training at his alma maters, he shares two pieces of advice: “If you don’t have a relationship with God, get one now. And know what you are willing to sacrifice before you start.” His offers clarity to even the most confused student. He has seen many people in the entertainment business lose themselves because they were willing to do anything to be in the spotlight. “I wouldn’t risk losing a marriage or my deepest friendships. Having loved ones around make makes success that much sweeter.”
Although Odom is excited about his blooming career, he says he’s open to see what else he’s meant to do. He adds that he would consider giving back through teaching at the university level.
“I’m always looking to be fuller, richer, and deeper than I was two years ago. I want to get the most out of myself.”
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PW's Fall Guide 2014
PW's 2014 College Issue