We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexa Lowery and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexa, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I believe in taking risks. Being able to push past fears and take risks opens up new possibilities. It’s important when taking a risk to make a clear, strong & confident choice then execute. I first took a risk when I left my home-state of Ohio and moved across country to pursue an acting career in Los Angeles: 7years later and I’m still taking risks nearly every day. Signing with new agents, choosing which teacher to learn from, character choices, how to approach a script, taking on risqué or controversial roles, etc. Taking risks has helped to develop my self-confidence and has opened up new doors for me.
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.
Being an actress is one of the most tough careers to pursue; many try and few prevail. I’ve already faced it that the likelihood of being an Angelina Jolie or Julia Roberts is low but that’s not going to stop me. I didn’t come from money or have celebrity parents. I grew up in rural Ohio with a middle class family. I came to Los Angeles fresh out of college in 2014, road tripped across country by myself to a city where I knew no one. I couch-surfed until I was finally able to get on my feet. Now I have a really nice place in Hollywood Hills. But I would sometimes have three jobs to just afford the crazy expensive rent out here, it was not easy. But I played it smart. I took on a Casting Assistant job at the busiest commercial casting agency in LA, Alyson Horn Casting. I learned the do’s and don’ts of what to do in the casting room and even got thrown in for several auditions. Ended up booking a couple fun commercial spots such as match.com and Unify Credit Union. Got signed with Daniel Hoff Agency and RSA Talent—love my team! I picked up Production Assistant jobs at B-17 Entertainment to learn how TV & film was budgeted and produced. I then went on to raise 5k on Indiegogo and produced my own ultra-low budget short film called “Pains of the Past”. It’s a crime thriller based on the horrors of domestic violence and abuse. I wrote, produced, casted and acted in it—very proud of how it turned out. My most recent endeavor was discovered during quarantine. All schools shut down so homeschooling became the new wave in 2020 (as many of us know). I started homeschooling a young boy and realized how much I love teaching. I’ve held teaching positions in the past where I taught improv at The Columbus Children’s Theater and worked as an on-set studio teacher where I would help kids learn their lines and complete their studies, etc. But my experience this past year of creating lesson plans, daily activities, crafts, projects, etc sparked my true inner happiness (more than I ever imagined). I have now decided to go to graduate school to get my Master’s degree so I can become a professor and teach my craft while giving back to the community. I have applied to a few different schools across the US and am patiently waiting to hear back. However, mark my words, by this coming fall 2021 I will be enrolled to get my MFA (Masters in Fine Arts of Acting) to further my education and to share my passion with other young artists. Stay tuned to see which University I end up at! So excited to share the next steps of my journey with you all.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh man there are so many amazing places to visit in the Los Angeles area where to begin. Any visitor would of course have to check out the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well as the Dolby & Chinese Theaters along Hollywood Blvd. Next stop would be a studio tour at Universal Studios. There’s fun things to do for the whole family! My favorite time of year to go is during Halloween for Horror Nights. You will most definitely need to squeeze in a beach day (or three). There’s of course the very touristy places such as Venice where you can see Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “muscle beach” or skate at the park. Then head on over to the Santa Monica Pier for a ride on the Ferris wheel or to perhaps play some arcade games. My favorite beach, and a local secret, is Point Dume in Malibu. You will see the most beautiful wild flowers and have access to a mini hike. “Fun fact” it’s the furthest Westward point on the West Coast– during the months between January to April you can also see whales, dolphins and sea lions! If you’re into hiking and can conquer mountains (and covid restrictions) my favorite hike is Wisdom Tree up and on over to the back of the famous Hollywood sign. It’s a great workout! You’re probably going to be hungry after all of that! So go ahead and make reservations at Castaway in Burbank, The Highlight room in Hollywood or Perch in DTLA for amazing food, drinks, city views and celeb-siting’s. There is so much fun to be had in LA, what are ya waiting for?!
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?
Oooo it’s so hard just to pick one shoutout for my success… here it goes. First of all I’m so grateful to my parent’s, Greg and Vicki, who taught me discipline at a young age, pushed me to accomplish my goals and to always chase my dreams. Secondly, I am so grateful for receiving an amazing education from The Ohio State University, I truly developed my passion for performing while attending college. Thirdly, I am so grateful for my acting coach Eddie. He has been there for me for countless self-tape auditions and has given me the best advice. I highly value his friendship and mentorship. It has made a huge impact on my career.