VT: Now that the filming of the series Manifest have officially concluded. What other developing projects can we look forward from Ty Doran in 2023?
TD: We will just have to wait and see! One silver lining of being finished with Manifest is that I get to start auditioning and considering other projects. Nothing lined up yet, but honestly, I’ve just enjoyed getting the opportunity to work on bite-size scenes again and experiment with text without any real stakes.
VT: Besides acting, what are some of your outside interests that the fans of the show might not be aware of?
TD: Like I said before, my two real passions are storytelling and play. I love movies, books, video games, and even tattoos. Tattoos maybe aren’t the most obvious example of this, but, at their heart, they are physical artistic representations of both the artist that creates them and the person that wears them. Even the silliest drunk tattoos are a part of someone’s story that has been almost irrevocably woven into their physical form. I find that incredibly interesting.
VT: Unlike most young public figures, you are not super active in posting (@_tydoran_), what’s your view on social media and popular culture?
TD: On the one hand, social media has been a great way for me to stay in touch with loved ones over long distances. It’s also a really great as semi-neutral meeting place in which artists and their audiences can connect. However, I do think that it can be very dangerous, especially for young people. The more time people spend on social media, the more powerful that addictive dopamine loop of scrolling through a feed can get. The relentless comparing oneself to a curated version of another person that’s always permeated the idea of celebrity seems particularly toxic there. I just think it’s especially important to use social media healthily because it is not designed with your health in mind.