We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex Barone and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alex, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
“Real life Ninja Turtle….The Nightcrawler…An Alien, E.T.” I’m Alex Barone and I was born with three fingers on each hands like any of those characters named above. I want my legacy to be as notable as any of those characters listed above. people can refer to me and my hands by any of those names and I’m totally cool with that, as long as they remember that I turned my unique difference into a burning desire to inspire others who are also a little different. As an adult with a limb difference chasing a tough industry like Acting, I want to be remembered as the first to do it. I want people to remember me as the guy who overcame forty three surgeries in his life, but just kept going and going and letting nothing stop him from chasing his dream.I hope to pave the path for others who have similar limb differences, especially all the kids out there that want to chase the same dream. I’ve always wanted to be the role model that I wish I had growing up. Now, I am making waves in TV and Film and find myself doing just that:)
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What sets me apart from others in the acting world is my hands. Because I am missing a couple digits on each hand, it has both helped and hindered me from booking certain roles in TV and Film. Honestly, that has been a bit of a challenge at times, but at the same time, it’s my greatest asset and what sets me apart from everyone else. Few of my credits that I am most proud of include being the Host/Creator of CryptTV’s Docu-Series “A Little Different” alongside Director Eli Roth. A couple upcoming projects that I am doing include acting alongside Michael Keaton in the HULU limited series “Dopesick” written by Danny Strong and directed by Barry Levinson. I was also just cast in an incredible role in a new Netflix movie, which I have to stay quiet about for a bit but I’m sure you’ll find out soon enough 🙂
It definitely hasn’t been an easy journey thus far and sometimes it can feel like a brutal rollercoaster ride. But at the end of the day, I wouldn’t have things any other way. I’m chasing my dream and accomplishing goals and hitting stepping stones every step of the way. I really strive to be a major influence among performers with disabilities within the Entertainment Industry and an advocate of diversity. What keeps me really motivated outside of the entertainment industry is staying actively involved with an organization called “No Limits Foundation: Camp No Limits” as a mentor/speaker to children and teens with limb differences. By bringing my life experience and vulnerability to the table in that world, I have noticed that it’s actually opened up more opportunities in the acting world for me. Maybe it’s because I am learning and being more and more open to discovering who I am and what I bring to the table as a role model, actor, person, or whatever. I’m doing it because I believe in it all. I believe in me.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Good question. If my friends were visiting town., again…I’d start the day by driving north a bit to Ironhorse Trail in Santa Clarita and going for a long bike ride or hike through that trail so get the blood pumping and check out beautiful scenery. After a nice workout and we have a sweat going I’d take us down to marina del ray to hop in the ocean. I love Marina del Rey because it’s a lot more quiet than Venice or Santa Monica. We’d hang by the beach for awhile and listen to some reggae tunes. Then, I’d treat them to dinner and drinks at Firestone Walker Brewery down there. depending on how many we throw back, maybe we’d uber over to some other cool spots like No Vacancy or maybe a rooftop bar somewhere to keep the party going. After we’re ready to leave and eat again, we’ll find one of the million delicious food trucks to order from. Then, to night cap we’d go back to my home up in the hills of the valley and sit back by a bonfire enjoying the view of the city,
That is just one of the days. The beautiful thing about LA is that everyday you could do a hundred different things and never be bored! It’s such a diverse and ecleptic 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’d LOVE to give a hug shoutout to The No Limits Foundation: Camp No Limits. Camp No Limits is a non profit organization that holds ten traveling camps per year around the country for kids and teens with limb difference or limb loss. Each camp location is set up with all the regular fun summer camp activities you’re all used to such as zip-line, high-ropes, tubing, swimming, sports, and talent show. However, what makes Camp No Limits unique to this specific community is that we bring in occupational Therapists, physical therapists, and prosthetist volunteers that have experience with this population, We also have adult amputee mentors like myself, that are able to share and bring to the table their unique experiences which is invaluable to the campers and their families. We are also open to campers AAND their entire families, holding support groups for everyone in order to reach our mission or educating, empowering, and supporting our limb-different community.
I was introduced to this organization seven years ago and went as an adult amputee volunteer to share my life experiences with the kids. Seven years later I am to this day very much involved with this organization as staff and work as their outreach coordinator, speaking on behalf of the organization from the perspective of an adult with limb difference. Camp No Limits changed my life, because it is full circle in my life to be able to use my life experiences growing up with surgeries, pain, bulling, and insecurities and turn that into a positive support system to help other kiddos who were born like me. My story would not be complete without the shoutout and recognition of this organization in my life.
The No Limits foundation is always looking for new campers, families, and volunteers so feel free to check us out at nolimitsfoundation.org for more info. Every donation the organization receives goes towards scholarship funds for new campers and families to attend.
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