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

Hi Alex, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
That’s a tricky one, for me when I knew what I wanted to do it hit me pretty hard. For a long time I struggled with deciding what I wanted to do with life. I’m the guy who loves trying new things and gets obsessed easily when something catches my interest. I started out as a professional handball player at a young age (the European version) and played for about 5 years. Then moved to America to pursue my interest in a music career for about 3 years. But discovered my love of acting during that pursuit. Something I’ve learned from trying all these different things was that I loved doing each of them for different reasons but after playing a big show or winning a big game I still felt like something was missing, the feeling of “I can’t really see myself doing this forever”. I remember doing my first scene in an acting class, I had no idea what I was doing, but I just remember a different kind of joy I haven’t felt before. That joy was what had been missing all along, like a piece finally falling into place. That moment was when I found  what I’m supposed to be pursing with this life. Now I work everyday to be a better actor and I still get that same feeling of joy every time. So to people wondering whether they should give up or keep going I say, don’t think about your age or how hard it is, if something makes you happy just keep doing it, the rest will fall into place

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 don’t know what sets me apart more than I’m hard working and love making people feel good about themselves and encourage them to be happy in their lives and to be true to their passions. What I’m most proud of though would be moving to America despite barely speaking English at the time. Its been a pretty hard road from where I started to get to where I am now. I’ve struggled with dyslexia my whole life and it’s been an added challenge to say the least. It took me about 23 years to accept this condition about myself and not view it as a failure but an advantage. A lot of the time if something is easy we take it for granite and don’t put work into it. But when something is challenging we develop gratitude and appreciation for the small things. The biggest lesson I have learned along the way is to not take everything so seriously. Of course be professional but don’t forget to have fun. When you can just relax and enjoy the process, thats when you will notice that you actually get a little bit better everyday because you’re in a state of flow. The message I want give everyone is that you are enough and nothing is impossible, the only time anything becomes impossible is when you give up on yourself. Negative things will always happen to us, it’s all about finding the positive and changing your mindset through life’s challenges.

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?
I’m a guy that loves any kind of adventure, especially if it involves food. I would probably start out by showing them some of my favorite hiking spots and beaches. There is a hike called Tree People in Studio City that’s beautiful and doesn’t feel like you’re in LA, but of course I’d also have to take them to Runyon Canyon to experience the tourist side of things. The beaches in Malibu are beautiful to take a picnic to and enjoy a sunset. It’s a little more challenging to recommend food places because I love to eat and try new things. Although, it’s very hard to go wrong with sweets so that’s usually what I show people first. Grabbing donuts at Kettle Glaze and heading up to the park under the Hollywood sign is definitely a fun experience. When it comes to dinner it’s more about who I’m with, I can get happy anywhere with food but the people around me enjoying themselves is most important- so I let them make the dinner reservations. My couple recommendations for sites are pretty typical, you have to check out the flea markets and thrift stores on Melrose. LACMA is an experience to behold as well as catching a movie under the stars at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. But most importantly while visiting here, put your phones down and enjoy the moment. People get so caught up in instagramming that they don’t really experience what’s right in front of them.

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 of course want to thank my family and friends that have been there every step of the way supporting me. I always put in a little extra effort into everything I do with them in mind- trying to make them proud. I also want to say thank you to people that didn’t believe in me and wanted me to quit. It’s been an incredibly strong motivator to go after what I want even harder to prove them wrong.

Website: https://www.alexgoransson.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexgoran/

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