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

Hi Albert, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
Don’t ruin the process for yourself.

Being a working actor/actress is the most competitive, unstable, and highly prone-to-burnout industry to enter. It really is a long game over years (not months) you must play to be successful so it is important to not only physically, mentally, and financially support yourself through all of it, but also to ENJOY the journey!

There’s a wonderful quote from a motivational speaker named Denis Waitley who said: “It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit.” If you can have fun as you’re learning new things, making mistakes then correcting them, hearing a lot more “no’s” than “yes’s” for auditions, and enjoy the perseverance of it all, it’ll be an adventure you’ll never forget.

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 a little backstory: I’m a 90s kid and I grew up watching screen legends like Jim Carrey and Robin Williams perform. I just loved their work and tried to recreate their scenes for my (very patient) family. But no one around me then knew the paths to becoming an actor, other than “you have to get discovered”, “be lucky” or some combination of both. I had neither money nor any actionable paths to be an actor, and since my dad had an engineering career marked out pretty clearly, I followed his footsteps.

Two degrees and over 15 years into a steady career, the COVID19 pandemic hit and coupled with some personal demons which reared their ugly heads, it was the impetus for me to get some mental health help and reevaluate my life, so to speak. To make a long story short of my road back, I uncovered some of the long buried dreams I have and with the advent of technology giving access to resources and every training on the planet going remote, I decided to give this acting career a real shot. I enrolled in my first acting classes in March 2021, got headshots, filled out casting profiles, and submitted for open calls needing actors. A month later, I auditioned and got cast in my very first role for a short film called “Don’t Get Comfortable” by an amazing non-profit organization called Kids In The Spotlight. I loved the creativity and collaboration of being on set and working with professional cast and crew to bring a story on pages to reality. To put the icing on this cake, our film won Best Feature at its annual awards ceremony and I couldn’t be more grateful to be a small part of it.

It’s been about over a year since I started this journey and I just completed my 22nd film/TV credit. I still continue my training and auditioning in hopes to be on another set with great people to bring another character to life for a filmmaker’s story and vision. And I am just getting started.

But beyond my own dreams, what I really want the world to know is this: life is short. Live your life the way you want to go out.

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.
Get in a surf lesson at Venice Beach (I recommend Aloha Brothers Surf Lessons). If they don’t like water, going on hike to Griffith Observatory or the Hollywood sign is a great alternate. If driving in LA traffic isn’t an option, the LA Metro trains are really convenient to get around a lot of the key tourist spots and museums. If possible, watching the sunset at a home Dodger game is quite an underrated gem. In terms of food, pretty much any of the 40 different $1-2 taco stands would always work and getting Chinese food, pho, or boba in the San Gabriel Valley, LA Chinatown, or Koreatown are surefire winners. Maybe the best part of LA (next to the weather), is the plethora of worldwide cuisine within the 40 mile radius of this city.

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?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my family and my still-growing team of acting mentors/friends helping me along the journey.

For the former, my parents and sister who love me for who I am before I knew I wanted to be a performer/writer. I couldn’t be more grateful to them.

For the latter, my coaches who helped me get on this journey of being a working actor: Jessica Houde-Morris of the Houde School of Acting (with Diana Frankhauser & Kellen Boyle), Kurt Yue of his YouTube channel Acting Career Center, and the teams at Drama, Inc. and Upright Citizens Brigade. I’d never saw how this career is actually possible if it wasn’t for their kindness and generosity to help me succeed.

Website: imdb.me/albertlew

Instagram: @thealbertlew

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/thealbertlew/

Twitter: @thealbertlew

Other: Official Website (includes more photos & full films I’ve acted): https://www.albertlew.com/

Image Credits
Stills from “Don’t Get Comfortable”, “The Guides”, “JK YAKUZA”, “The Heroic”, “Notes of a Past, Present, & Future”; Sheldon Botler Photography

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