One of the things I love about Instagram is that you get to discover new and upcoming talent. I was scrolling through Instagram the other day and I came across this green-eyed guy with a great smile named Alex. I scrolled through some photos and checked out his acting reel. My first impressions were this guy has a lot of talent. I decided to reach out to Alex and he was awesome enough to sit down for an interview.
Alex, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m an actor/model based out of Phoenix, Arizona. I graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise and Wellness. I love working out, watching movies and TV, playing video games, spoiling my dog, telling stories, and just entertaining people. Did I mention I also love food!
How did you get started in acting and modeling?
So acting had been a pipe dream in the back of my mind for years. Probably as early as middle school when I would make stupid videos with my friends just to make each other laugh. Once I saw the finished product and myself on screen I knew it was something I would want to be involved in someday. But, the problem with that was I was an awkward and shy nerd throughout my teenage years. I loved to watch movies and make videos with my friends but I would never have thought that I’d be brave enough to take an acting class or show some of my work publicly.
It actually took years for me to develop the confidence to go after this. I had just graduated college with a completely unrelated degree wondering what was next. I got my first full-time job and within the first few weeks I remember thinking to myself, “Is this it?” Was that all there was to life after college? Going to work 5 days a week and dreaming of the weekend and dreading Mondays? I didn’t want that life. I wanted to do something that I was passionate about, and most importantly enjoyed doing. Throughout my entire life, I always told myself I will find a job that I like. I will not be one of those people who hates their jobs. But I fell into that trap after college because that’s just what you do, right?
So one day I thought to myself, “Why not go after something you’re actually interested in?” So I quit my job and took acting classes and signed with an agency shortly after that. That was about a year and a half ago now, and for the most part, I’ve been able to get by on acting alone.
Do you prefer one over the other?
I absolutely prefer acting over modeling. Modeling can be fun and easy but I found that personally, there wasn’t much creative expression. At least in my experience. Seeing the final edits from a photo shoot is definitely cool, especially if there are some really good ones in there. But that doesn’t come close to the feeling I get when I get to act out a scene and then see it come to fruition on the screen. And then adding the payment to the mix makes me feel like I’ve found some sort of secret that I wasn’t supposed to find. You’re not supposed to enjoy work, that’s why it’s called work right? How wrong that mentality is.
What is your biggest fear?
Letting down my friends and family that have believed in me from the start. But I don’t think that will ever happen. I have an amazing support system around me with people who love and care about me, so I’m pretty sure they would be proud of me regardless.
What is next on the horizon for Alex?
I have a dramatic show filming in Boston coming up at the end of the month. The show itself was inspired by true events and I’ll be playing the man that all of these events actually happened to. I’ve gotten the chance to meet and talk with him and he’s a great guy. I think it will be something special.
There’s also a pilot I’ll be a part of that’s filming out here in Phoenix at some point. I think the idea for it is pretty unique and hasn’t really been done before, so I’m really excited to get to work on that.
And then I’ve also just found out I was cast in a film shooting in California this coming April, which is also super exciting. From what I’ve read, I’ll be playing a stoner which will be a lot of fun for me since I’ll get to be a bit goofier!
And I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to interview me. It’s really cool that at least 1 person out there, that’s not a close friend or family member, cares about my story and what I have to say. So I’ll say this. Don’t give up. Ever. Keep working at it. Whatever you’re passionate about, keep going. Keep doing it no matter who says you won’t succeed in it. There will be highs and lows, but if you like what you do, then it’s all worth it.
And a little bit more inspiration for people who have read this far. I heard Denzel Washington speak of an old saying that goes, “ Hang around the barbershop long enough, sooner or later you’re gonna get a haircut.” And I think there’s plenty of truth to that.
Alex, it has been my pleasure to spend this time with you, thank you so much. If you want to keep up with Alex you can follow him on Instagram and keep an eye out for his upcoming films.
Good luck to you Alex, I look forward to chatting again.