We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex Lynn Ward and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alex Lynn, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I would go as far as to say that taking risks plays the biggest role in my life and career, second only to working hard. I’ve always been this way. I was a competitive diver growing up so sometimes that looked like yeeting myself head-first off of the 10 meter platform, or it looked like moving to a new state, or it looked like falling in love, or bringing a baby into this world. Choosing a career in entertainment is a risk in itself, and I always knew I’d do this. I’ve never been one to play it safe and it really has made all the difference.
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 knew I wanted to be an actor from a young age. I grew up in New York City, so there were so many resources that were accessible to me. I have great training and worth ethic, and really thick skin. I was taught to go after everything I want and be relentless about it. The biggest lesson I’ve learned…is to relax. Do the work, know your craft, and do it well- and then let it go. Sometimes when we’re hungry, there’s an intensity that comes with that that just doesn’t work. I’m a really big believer that “what you are seeking is seeking you”, and sometimes we are so wrapped up in trying to get it “right” or trying to do it perfectly that we can get in the way. It sounds corny, but once I felt free to be myself and not try to plan out my entire career by lunchtime today, things started happening for 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?
I was a homebody long before this quarantine. I’d probably spend most of the time having good conversation, laughing hysterically while I cooked for everyone, and then eating in my backyard. We have a really killer garden and I love being back there. I’d also probably take them hiking or to the beach in Malibu. And we’d definitely go for tacos.
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 want to dedicate my shoutout to all the women who have my footprints on their shoulders. The ones who’ve hoisted me up, and had my back over the years. Because of them I’ve been able to do the things I’ve dreamed of, and in turn it’s allowed me to have other women’s footprints on my shoulders. It’s the best feeling.