Jared Tredway, of Sherman, is an actor, a writer, a photographer, and an architect with his hands also in landscape design, interior design, fashion design, music, film making, writing, and graphic design, but he’s not done quite yet adding to his resume of creative and artistic feats. Area residents would be hard pressed to live in Sherman and not see Tredway’s touch on our community.
For Tredway, the how means more than the what. He craves the “aha” moment and the thrill of the ideas.
“Our current social system suggests that we define ourselves by the work that we do, and that we pick one thing to focus upon,” he said. “I wish this were different. I like the idea of society evolving to a space where curiosity is encouraged and rewarded regardless of where it leads. When people ask ‘What do you do?’ I want the answer to be follow my bliss. If a job title is needed, the answer is receiver/receptor of inspiration.”
Tredway grew up in Windom on the edge of town next to a wheat field. He went to school in Honey Grove because the year he started school Windom’s schools closed due to a shortage of students. While he always loved school and learning, Tred felt like an outsider on the playground. He found it hard to relate to other children. While he enjoyed science, he was drawn to the arts, including music and literature.
He was a self-proclaimed band geek who excelled at UIL prose and poetry, extemporaneous speaking and debate.
“Honey Grove High School didn’t have a really strong art program back then, but I had two amazing English teachers and a really great counselor that believed in me and helped me cultivate my creative sensibilities,” he said.
Tredway graduated valedictorian and received a scholarship to Texas A&M University in College Station where he studied architecture.
“I thought it was a safe and stable creative discipline for study,” he said. “I enjoyed the architectural education. It was about more than just buildings. We studied art, culture, philosophy, etc… It was about cultivating a way of seeing things.”
Tredway credits a semester studying in Italy for changing his life. After college, he had planned to work in Germany for semester through a work exchange program before applying to graduate school. The exchange program fell through, and he found himself back home in Texoma where he started working in Sherman for Rod Tactchio and where he met David Baca.
Tredway eventually started working with Baca at his firm and bought a family home in Sherman that he shares with his mom, grandmother and half-sister.
“During my time in Sherman, I got involved in downtown revitalization, was the chair of the North Texas Young Professionals for a while, where I initiated the Pillars Forum. I played with the symphony, and I was the advertising art director for Texoma Living Magazine. I also started doing freelance advertising and graphic design work for select clients,” Tredway said.
Then, he found himself at the Sherman Community Players doing acting and decided to start studying more formally at TBell Actors Studio in Dallas. He signed with an agency and started doing commercials, as well as, doing model and print work on a couple of film projects. During this time, he wrote and produced a short film “Receptivity.”
After a short stint in Los Angeles to take acting courses, Tredway returned home to design and build a home for his grandmother. He has also worked with Baca on select projects and launched Tredway Workshop, a multidisciplinary design-build firm. Through his firm, he has done a historic renovation and interior design project for Modern Abstract and Title Co in Durant, Oklahoma.
Most recently Tredway has become a very active leader in the Ghost Town Arts Collective and editor of their self-published arts journal “Apparitions.” His goal for the journal is that it is a venue for artists and creatives to express themselves, be seen, felt and heard. For the readers, he hopes that it is provocative, compelling eye-opening and uplifting.
“Ghost Town is a good thing for me because in my leadership capacity all my dreams can come true,” he said.
Tredway is most grateful for the moments when he is allowed to be inspired and work on projects that are bigger than just him. He worked with April Patterson on the new branding for the city of Sherman, and he remembers when he received the inspiration for the slogan/tag line “Classic town. Broad Horizon.”
“That felt really good,” Tredway said. “When I held the printed prototype issue of ‘Apparitions’ in my hands for the first time I felt a tingle that something special had happened. When I photograph someone and something real and honest comes out of them, I feel like I have served them well. It feels really good to me when someone comes up to me to express that their interaction with me was meaningful or special to them in some way.”
When it comes to obstacles in creating, Tredway points an honest finger at himself.
“I often joke that I could be very happy living in the woods eating nuts and berries, communing with nature,” he said. “I am less and less driven by any specific outcomes, goals, or accomplishments, so when I bump up against resistance or conflict in the realization of an idea I may let it go too easily.”
Tredway operates from an intuitive space and finds that it can be challenging to communicate to others and he suggests a ideas that are different from the norm in any given context. He has had to learn to trust himself through navigating human structures and systema.
“I’ve been in situations where very little that’s going on in my external environment is validating at all, and from that space it can be tough to hold steady on your course toward what you intuitively know is a great idea,” he said. “There have been times that I wasn’t sure I wasn’t going to give up. My spirit becomes stifled without new and exciting ideas and inspiration. There’s always more to experience and discover. I feel very grateful to have had the opportunities I’ve had to co-create with many talented artists in different disciplines.”
For now, Tredway wants to be of service, for his creativity to serve the greater good and to be a steward of the resources and inspiration that’s available to him and through him.
“I want to co-create with people on my wavelength and get that tingly sensation that something special is not only possible, but also happening through us! I want to help others to feel inspired, too. There is nothing more satisfying to me than seeing other people light up with inspiration, unless it’s that a group of us are lighting up together. That’s why I love the concept of the Ghost Town Arts Collective. I see it as an idealistic space where creative souls can realize their individual and collective dreams, if not physically at least conceptually,” he said.
When asked if there is anything he wants to let the public know he states with a grin, “I am out of my mind. It has taken a lifetime of practice.”
You can find Jared Tredway on http://www.jaredtredway.com and on Youtube under Jared Tredway. Trailer for his film Receptivity can be found at https://vimeo.com/140432221.