After three years in Harmony, Donn Swaby (Chad) bids "Passions" farewell. Donn can last be seen in the role of the streetwise aspiring musician on Wednesday, September 4, but according to Donn you'll be seeing a lot more of him in the future! Read on to find out why Donn decided to leave "Passions" and what he hopes lies ahead.
Why did you make the decision to leave "Passions"?
The primary reason is that there are other things I want to do in my career and places that I want to get to. And in order to do that, I would not be able to stay on the show. Mainly, I want to pursue film and primetime television.
Was it a hard decision to make?
To be honest, it was a decision I made before I even started. I saw myself doing three years on the show. I left open the possibility that anything could happen, but I had decided to try to do just three years and move on.
What do you take with you from your three years here?
I have a better sense of myself as an actor. And I have a better sense of what I want to do with my life. I have a greater confidence in my abilities and more self-awareness.
Over the three years, what were your favorite moments as Chad?
I really liked the scenes we did at the jazz club. Chad was taking an emotional journey at the time. Basically, I enjoy my work when the work is good-so anything I've really felt has turned out well. Most of those scenes were with Brook-where I really felt like we connected to the material and each other.
What was your last day like?
It was very warm. We had a cake down on the set that said, "We'll miss you, Donn." I got to say goodbye to the cast, crew, and staff. I realized that's what I'll miss the most-the people at "Passions." But I plan to stop by and visit. I live so close by! I met Charles (Divins, who will be assuming the role of Chad) that day. I wished him luck and told him to have fun.
What are your immediate plans?
I'm going to start auditioning again. I'll be just another guy out there pounding the pavement! In addition to that, I'm also working on my music. I'll be at the Blockbuster Teen Fest where I'm playing guitar for Lena (Cardwell, ex-Simone). She and I will also be recording. And I'm writing music on my own for a hard-rock CD that I hope to record in the fall. And I also have two songs on an upcoming Soap Sessions CD.
What are your long-term goals for the future?
In terms of film, I'd like to take advantage of the independent film genre. I think that's the best way for young filmmakers, writers, or actors to get their work out there. In addition, I want to take advantage of cable programs. There are so many good cable programs out there that have really good writing. And of course, by now everyone knows I want to be on "The West Wing!"
Do you have any message for the fans that have supported you on "Passions"?
Thank you so much for your support and for watching my work day in and day out. I want you all to know I really appreciate you and I don't intend on leaving you. I may be leaving the show, but I'm not leaving the earth! I'll be here and I'll be working. I'd like you guys to hang in there with me because it will definitely pay off. Be true to yourselves, and hang on for the ride because we just got started!