This spring, Travis Young, 34, is appearing on the ABC drama “Resurrection” in a recurring guest role.
Young moved around Tennessee, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Florida as a kid while his father worked as a salesman for the Associated Press.
In 1991, Young’s family settled in east Cobb. He attended Pebblebrook High School for two years and graduated from Lassiter High in 1997.
Since age 5, Young said he tackled mostly amateur roles at summer camps and local stage theaters, not professional gigs in commercials.
Although Young said his family was very supportive of his acting talent, he took time away from the stage while he studied public relations at KSU.
Then Young took an introductory acting class, which led to him getting involved in KSU’s theater department from 2000 to 2008.
“I got re-bit by the bug, and that was 2000, and I have been going strong ever since,” Young said.
After college, Young delved into short film competitions, some that only give two days to produce a movie.
On his resume, Young lists his skills in improvisation and voiceover work. He also lists weight-lifting and ballroom skills, as well as perfecting British, Irish, Russian, Australian, Midwestern and Southern accents.
He has taken on the role of an abusive husband and that of George in “Of Mice and Men.”
“I am an extremely intense actor,” Young said. But he added, “I am just as experienced in comedy.”
The ‘Resurrection’ in Atlanta
The new ABC show “Resurrection” is driven by the overall story and the characters, Young said.
The show centers on people in the small-town of Arcadia, Mo., whose lives are turned upside down when their deceased loved ones return to life.
“They’re not zombies, they are not ghosts,” Young said about the family-friendly show.
For some characters the reason for their return is clear, but for others it is a mystery.
“It becomes an epidemic,” Young said. “There is a lot of plot twists.”
Young plays Ray Richards in the show’s six-episode season, which includes such titles as “Schemes of the Devil” and “Unearth.”
The character is mentally handicapped and does not quite understand why his father has come back from the dead.
“I like crazy characters,” Young said. “I am one of Atlanta’s go-to guys for crazies.”
Part of the season was filmed in downtown Norcross, as well as studios in the metro Atlanta area.
Young said it will be announced soon if the show will be picked-up for a second season, but ABC is counting on “Resurrection” being a big hit.
“It is looking good,” Young said.
While on set every day, Young said he was surrounded by other Atlanta actors, including Joe Knezevich and Claire Bronson, who he has known for years. Like him, they have all been waiting for their first major role, not just one-line parts.
“It was surreal every moment,” Young said.
With this taste of success, Young said he may not have to leave Atlanta to be cast as a lead or a series regular in the future.
“The only thing that is going to bring me out to L.A. is if I get a job offer,” Young said.