The Artists: Jimmy McCammon |

The Artists: Jimmy McCammon

What is your career and current job title?: I’m pursuing a career in theater, working as an actor in downtown Sacramento on a production called “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” a play by David Mamet. I also work part time in beautiful downtown Nevada City.

Describe your art in a sentence or two: I envy many artists for their specificity of goals and study. I myself flutter about from painting to performance to photography, and try to squeeze in some poetry and playwriting where I can. With photography my first love and theater my most recent, time has not allowed for me to set up a formal photographic/painting studio, but I work out of my home and make myself available whenever I can to do portraiture and event photography for people, especially fellow artists.

How long have you been working in this discipline?: I have studied photography independently and formally for more than six years and theatrical arts for a little over three years.

Why do you do it?: I believe that people have an endless variety of things to explore about themselves and the world around them. The art forms that I involve myself in are simply the most effective vehicles that I have found which, for me, facilitate that type of exploration.

What do you hope to accomplish?: I am just beginning work with Alexi Bonifield of the Nevada County Arts Council on establishing a theater company in this county. We hope to open in January with two wonderful one-act plays. Personally, I plan to continue my education and independent work until I am old and gray.

Do you create your art with an exact message you want the viewer to receive?: There are many messages that any artist may wish to convey by means of his or her work, and I could say that mine is humanistic, rebellious, optimistic, anarchistic, etc., ad infinitum. I think with my work, it boils down to: “Hey, instead of having fights, wars, pain and sadness rule our lives, check this out … I worked on it … cool, huh?”

Where do you want to be with your art in terms of part-time versus full-time status, art positions; and where your works are seen?: I plan on pursuing a career in theater to the highest level, which means that I will leave Nevada County sooner or later. But I plan always to make contributions to the artistic community, wherever I am.

What kind of special training did you take? I have been exposed to the arts my entire life, especially to literature and music through my parents, and have, in my college studies, naturally gravitated toward the arts, and have been fortunate to have been able to study a wide variety of fields.

What’s your favorite part of your endeavors? With the current theater projects, my favorite aspect is the formation of a community of creative people that happens when one is working with an ensemble, and the working energy and bond that becomes a particular company.

What’s your least favorite part of your endeavors?: Not being able to spend all of my time in the theater. A guy’s got to sleep.

How many hours a day do you spend on your work?: I spend 40-plus hours a week doing rehearsals and homework for November’s production in Sacramento, which takes away from my other artistic endeavors, but life is always give and take.

Do you consider it hard work and could anyone do it?: In a lot of “regular jobs,” a person doesn’t necessarily have to like what he or she is doing … They just have to show up. Anyone who loves the fine arts and creativity and self expression can do the work, and most likely, hopefully, will. Whereas a person in a regular job gives 100 percent because they have to, in the arts, people give 1,000 percent because they want to, simply because it is what they love to do.

Any other comments you’d like to include?: Anyone who would like to attend “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” please contact or me. Anyone in the community is invited to inquire into and audition for Fubar Repertory Theatre. Contact us at

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