Actor Quincy Fouse (above) stands outside of Yats on College Avenue, one of three places he worked during his senior year at Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts and Humanities. Quincy held down three jobs to save money to move to California to pursue his acting dreams.
The first thing you notice about Quincy Fouse is his infectious smile. Or, maybe, it’s the perfectly coiffed — yet intentionally messy — voluminous afro.
No matter which one catches your attention first, neither is as big as his passion for acting. In fact, the 19 year old, who can been seen on the TV show “The Goldbergs” and in the blockbuster film “Logan,” remembers the spark that first ignited the fire within for the art form. It was about three years ago, while attending an acting workshop for kids in Ohio. At the time, he was a junior at Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts and Humanities.
“I did the scene and by the time I looked up, I was crying,” said Quincy. “Then, I looked at the rest of the kids in the workshop and they were feeling something, too.”
That was the first time he had tried his hand at acting, and he was hooked! He also was discovered. One phone call led to another and Quincy received an invitation from a talent agency and management company to move to Los Angeles, Calif., to pursue an acting career.
He put the move on hold, temporarily.
“I told them I wanted to finish my senior year of high school,” said Quincy. “While finishing my senior year, I’d be able to work and make some money to actually move out there.”
Quincy got busy working three jobs — as an employee at Yats; teaching dance at Center for Inquiry School 84; and doing massage therapy with his mom’s company, Tranquil Escapes at Salon Lofts.
“I came out with around $3,000. At 17 years old, that was the most money I’d ever had the knowledge of one person having at one time,” said Quincy.
“It was weird, because I didn’t get to go through the phase of doing stupid stuff with three grand.”
As soon as he graduated, Quincy bought his plane ticket and flew with his mom to LA. They stayed with a cousin, and a few weeks later, after Quincy’s 18th birthday, his mom returned to Indianapolis to resume her business and take care of his younger siblings.
Quincy was on his own, but his time at Broad Ripple helped make the move a smooth transition.
Back around 2012, during his early years in high school, Quincy was known for his musical talents. He played the trumpet and could often be heard beatboxing around school. He and his friends took their eclectic talents and formed a group.
“We started out as an anti-bullying group. We called ourselves the Duck Squad because we wanted to come up with the weirdest, most peculiar name and then go out and do some dope stuff,” said Quincy.
Those antics lead to a pivotal reference by Sheila McPherson, the mother of Shannon Brown (one of Quincy’s friends). Both boys attended Nicholson Performing Arts Academy at School 70 (now Edison School of the Arts School 47) during their elementary years.
McPherson also teaches at Edison School of the Arts. Her son, Shannon, is enjoying a successful career of his own as an actor and rising star, playing young Lucious Lyon on the hit FOX TV show “Empire,” among other roles.
It was McPherson who recommended Quincy attend the acting workshop in Ohio.
Fast forward a few years and Quincy is quickly making a name for himself in the business. He landed a role in the Disney Channel show “K.C. Undercover.” The episode didn’t get picked up, but after a few other small roles, Quincy made the cast of “The Goldbergs,” a family sitcom on ABC. He plays the recurring role of Taz Money, a good friend of the lead character, Adam.
“He’s doing high school and started off as a cool kid, but now that he’s hanging out with Adam he realizes, on the first day of freshman year, that he got clumped in with them. So, he’s on the fence of being a cool kid and a lame kid. But, I don’t think he really cares,” said Quincy about his character on “The Goldbergs.”
Securing a TV series is a dream come true, but Quincy’s career recently hit a high point when he was cast as Nate Munson in “Logan,” a box office hit starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and other big-name actors.
“I am fulfilled. If I died tomorrow, I could say I went out for everything I wanted,” he said.
Quincy gives a lot of the credit for shaping him into the actor he is today to his high school theater teacher and first acting coach, Charla Booth.
“Ms. Booth threw me through the ringer because I had never had anyone help me memorize lines. I remember spending hours with Ms. Booth drilling me,” he said. “At the time, it was grueling work, but now that I’m out in the business, I don’t have to spend too much time memorizing lines anymore. I have Ms. Booth to thank for that.”
Quincy recently returned to his alma mater to pay it forward.
“I went to a theater class (at Broad Ripple) and talked to the kids. I told them my story and we started doing some acting exercises. Those kids have some powerful stuff going on,” he said.
Although still early in his career, Quincy has already gleaned valuable advice that he’d share with others following in his footsteps.
“I’d tell them to really take the time and pay attention to how this makes you feel — what your purpose is for liking this, because that spark that happened for me in Ohio is not because of the money or the fame. When I finished my part, I felt purpose come from doing that scene, and I realized that I loved acting,” said Quincy.