We had the good fortune of connecting with Alec Reyna and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alec, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Ever since I was young, I’ve always been drawn to stories. One of my earliest memories is being in the theater with my family watching movies. It was kind of a family activity. Whenever a new release would come out or if a few weekends had gone by and we haven’t been, it’d be a family day at the theater. A good story will inspire, entertain, make you think…make you feel. And I think, that’s what connected with me most. Stories that made me feel. Stories that put me on that journey with the characters. I couldn’t get enough. Once I was old enough to go on my own, that’s where I’d spend most of my free time. I used to joke with my friends that the theater was my second home. Every summer vacation, I’d have this goal of seeing all the releases at the local theater down the street. I met it a couple times, and not for lack of trying.
As time went on, I’d be introduced to different mediums, new ways to consume, experience, and inhabit great stories. Television, books, music, plays, even video game cut scenes. So it came as no surprise, when the time came to tell stories of my own, I was eager to give my audience some semblance of what I had felt. To make them feel things. After writing and producing two student plays in college, I knew that’s what I was meant to do. To tell stories.
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.
I think what sets me apart from others is my point of view. How I see and interpret the world around me and how I internalize that to create a story. Now I wish I could say it was an easy journey to get to where I’m at today, but every day is a struggle. From freelance filmmaking, to honing my craft as a screenwriter, to making sure I have food on the table and a roof over my head. It’s been a hustle. And add a pandemic on top of all that, it’s been a challenge to say the least. But if my years of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu have taught me anything, it’s that no matter what gets thrown your way, as long as you can breathe, you’ll be okay. There is always a way to reverse a bad position, get out of a tight spot, overcome and prevail. I know that’s easier said than done, but it’s a mindset I try to keep and apply to in all aspects of my life. To quote the great American writer William Faulkner, “if a story is in you, it has to come out.” And I know mine will.
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’d like to dedicate my shoutout to my family. To my parents, you sacrificed so much to give me the opportunities you never had. The chance to go after and chase my dreams. It is a gift I do not take for granted and am grateful for every day. To my sister, the Troy to my Abed, for always reading my first draft of anything. Your honest feedback and constructive criticism is more valuable than you could ever know. And to my partner in crime, you inspire me every day to strive towards something greater. I love you, thank you.