We had the good fortune of connecting with Alaura Devereaux and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alaura, how do you think about risk?
The ability to see risk as an opportunity for either great success or an important lesson is a major key to the way I achieve my goals in life. I believe that risk taking is why I am where I am today as much as who I am today. When I was 20 years old I dropped everything and took a job in Alaska. That move changed my life forever in a way that changed my outlook on the world. It was a very humbling experience in comparison to the fast paced city lifestyle I was living in Tampa, FL at the time versus the calming genuine nature of the people in Trapper Creek, Alaska. It impacted my belief in myself that I can move anywhere in the world and adapt. So that very risk ignited the confidence in every move I’ve made throughout my life. Including the one to Los Angeles to pursue my dream of being a successful actor.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am beyond excited to announce on August 17th, 2021 I I will be starring as Mrs. Nova Spencer in the sci-fi crime thriller MIND TALKER! It’s not only my first film but my first role as a supporting lead. You will be able to stream it on many major platforms including Amazon Prime which is incredible all in itself to me. It is also being released on DVD so the thought of walking into Best Buy or Wal-Mart and seeing my face on the front of a DVD is just surreal. If I had to sum up how I got where I am today best I’d have to attribute it to my attitude. When things fall apart or go south I try to see them as a divine interruptions that I am being challenged to come up with a solution for. It reminds me we are not in control of life but only the way we react to it. No, it is not easy because I would consider myself an emotional person but I can’t let emotions take over and cloud what I am trying to achieve. So one of my inner voices I have I refer to as the “Zen Master” and I do my best to silence all the emotional ones and only hear it to realign my focus.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I have fallen in LOVE with Los Angeles and this is coming from someone that was extremely skeptical of the people and somewhat snobbish to the atmosphere because I had just moved from the beautiful mountains of Colorado. Now I gladly refer to it as home and have little notes in my phone of all the places I want to take my friends and family when they visit. So to start I would take you to The Butcher, The Baker & The Cappuccino Maker for a photo worthy cappuccino. Then AVRA in Beverly Hills for the best octopus I’ve ever had. You have to try Pace (translates to “peace” in Italian) this little gem in Laurel Canyon has the best pasta in LA. I was raised with a Sicilian grandmother that made everything from scratch so when I compliment your pasta I really mean it. The bread at Craig’s is mouth wateringly memorable. Koi in West Hollywood always leaves me planning my next trip back. Then to finish it off with my favorite restaurant in all of LA, CATCH. It offers the full Hollywood experience. It’s set up is a back drop for social media worthy pictures and usually scattered with celebrities. The service is always fantastic and I have had actual dreams of their crab legs & truffle sashimi. If you can’t tell eating is one of my favorite things to do. Fun wise I’d take you to the Warner Bros studio tour in Burbank. I took my mother when she visited and we really enjoyed it. I’d take you dancing at La Mesa. Then instead of letting you stay at a fancy hotel I’d take you to Thornhill Broome Campground on the beach in Malibu where we can watch the sunset and fall asleep to the waves crashing. I actually stayed there on the beach while I was looking for my first apartment here!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
When it comes to support as far as I can remember my mother has always told me I could be anyone I want in life. When I showed strength in academics at a very young age I was told Harvard was on my horizons if it was I wanted. When I got on stage for the first time as Belle in Beauty & the Beast in Kindergarten I was greeted with velvet roses from my Grandma Pat saying I could be the next Julia Roberts if it was my passion. So I am forever grateful for having the inner voice in my head as an adult now be their whispers of how anything is possible if I put my mind to it. I must mention as well though throughout the years the friends & mentors I have made along the way. I hear a lot of people always claim with strength that they did it all on their own. Well I have to say the exact opposite I have received so much help along the way from the people I have surrounded myself with that believed in me. If I named them all this would be pages long but I’ve made sure they know who they are and I will be eternally grateful.

Instagram: @AlauraDevereaux

Image Credits
KevinMax Photography, Oscar A. Winchester and Brian Doherty Photography (Headshot)

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