We had the good fortune of connecting with Leslie Augustine and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Leslie, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Deciding on a career as an actress and dancer is a huge risk in itself. There are no real rules or exact steps that guarantee success in this career. After I graduated from college I took a huge risk and decided to move to Los Angeles. I’m from the east coast so moving 3000 miles away with not knowing anyone here was quite the risk. In the entertainment industry you are basically working 24/7 to try and get yourself established. You will spend so much money on headshots, demo reels, acting classes, etc all in the hopes of getting an agent and booking a good role on a television show or movie. And that might never happen. As a free-lance dancer you sometimes also have to provide your own costumes and shoes. And none of that is cheap! Unfortunately most dancers do not get paid much for a live performance. Although we work harder than professional athletes, we certainly don’t get paid an athlete’s salary. That’s one of the things we’d like to see change in the future. Despite all these struggles and risks, I am still pursuing this career. I absolutely love what I do. I love performing! If course all these risks and struggles have definitely made me tougher. I’ve learned so much over the years and you develop a thick skin the longer you stay in this industry. But the joy I get when I’m on set or on a stage is really worth all the risks.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
So let’s start with the acting side. I started out as a theatre actor but in college I did a short film and fell in love with film! There’s something so magical about being on set. Yes it’s long hours and it’s extremely difficult to book a job but when you do, it’s so worth the struggle! As an actress the roles I love are the strong characters who have a bit of a dark side. My goal is to do action films and we’ll as horror. Plus being a dancer certainly helps with the action side! We already are fit and are willing to be challenged, plus we’re used to getting bruised a lot! I love a good horror movie too! Not so much slasher as the ghostly and supernatural kinds! So far the highlight of my acting career has been getting a small part on the television show “Strange Angel” . It was small and only one season but I had the best time on that set! On to the dancer side. I’m a trained ballet dancer but I’ve never wanted to be in a traditional dance company. I don’t really enjoy following the rules! Dancer life has its own set of difficulties. Injuries being #1. You have to constantly be aware of your body and keep it in too condition. One small injury could leave you out of work for a year! Besides ballet I also do jazz, contemporary, bellydance, and Bollywood dance. I also am in a burlesque and cabaret troupe called The Dollface Dames. I love getting to be creative in that company! I love choreography as well! I get to do quite a bit with the Dames and I’m hoping to do even more after quarantine ends. I’ve learned a lot about strength as a dancer. I love being strong and working out and pushing my body to its limits. It’s very empowing! As a character or brand and like to portray myself as the immortal vampire goddess! This is a bit of a joke because I’m also quite goofy and quirky a lot of the time! Right now I’m working on getting a theatrical agent who can help me move forward with my career. Believe me when I say I am super determined and super stubborn!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
So obviously I would need to take them to one of our beaches! Although most tourists would go to Santa Monica beach, I definitely prefer the less populated ones like Manhattan or Redondo. I love speakeasy bars with great whiskey so I’d take them to maybe the Rendition Room and maybe Black Rabbit Rose. I also love creepy immersive theater so I’d take them to one of those shows as well! Also I would take them to my favorite neighborhood in Burbank. Magnolia Blvd is filled with vintage shops, cute coffee shops and some of my favorite hangouts! My number one place is the Bearded Lady’s Mystic Museum! Love, love , love this place so much! As a witch an occult lover I am always going in here. I also love Halloween Town and Besame Cosmetics!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
It’s definitely difficult to be in this industry but of course I wouldn’t still be here without the help of some very good, amazing, and talented people. First off my parents! Julieann and Lee. They have been so supportive my whole life. Although they might not understand the entertainment industry and probably sometimes wish I had a stable job, they do understand that this is my dream and they have always encouraged me to think outside the box and be different. My acting coach Alex D’Lerma has also made a huge impact on my acting abilities and in the past year I feel I’ve taken a big step forward! My talented roommate Karen Isabella, an amazing photographer who is always so encouraging! And most importantly my cat Hades! If you are a pet owner, you’ll understand. He has been a source of constant joy for me and has especially helped me stay positive during this quarantine. His unconditional love knows no bounds!
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