Today we’d like to introduce you to Alex Lewis.
Hi Alex, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
It all started when I was around 10 years old. My dreams of becoming a performer ignite after watching multiple artists from all around the world. My journey began back in High School in 2008 taking theatre arts I class and auditioned for my first ever musical, plus doing concert chorus. After doing the wizard of oz as one of the guards, performing multiple shows for the chorus. I knew in my heart that this was my thing, here is my safe space, here is my home. Been a storyteller is a huge responsibility to transmitted your message to a new audience and immerse them into it fills my soul. Today I had done more than 15 shows and I’m represented by a local talent agency.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It hasn’t been a smooth road at all. There is the misconception of many thinking that being an actor is easy and glamorous. It does have his perks but overall is a discipline. My struggles along the way were adjusting my accent for certain roles, educated myself in my craft to become an even better performer and human being. I overcame those to an extent by taking vocal classes, keep auditioning despite adversity. As cliche as it sounds, I just make it happen for myself with determination and a ton of rejections.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I do theatre professionally and I do photography as well. But I’m mostly known for my work as an actor. I had worked with theatres like Raleigh Little Theatre, The Justice Theatre Project, Theatre Raleigh, and others. I’m most proud of impacting other people’s life either on or offstage. There was a time that I did Junie B. Jones for RLT and at the end of the show, we get to meet the audience. I was not the main character; more of like a supporting one. I had this kid that came up to me and told me that I was his favorite character moments like that make me proud. I’m this 20 something man, height 5’11” playing a 1st grader on stage with a 5 o’clock shadow. Because I forgot to shave the night before. Also, when I had a little solo for Joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat as Judas was a very proud moment to be able to work with kids and adults together and create a marvelous show. I think the thing that sets me apart from others is the fact that I’m unique in my own way. You might think that I’m an average American but then you heard my accent, you work with me and see my work ethic, plus the empathy and understanding for others. You never know what someone is going through and theatre and film are the places where you can let go of everything for like 2 hours or less.
Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
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