We had the good fortune of connecting with Alice Jean and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alice, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Me, and risk taking have a love-hate relationship, precisely because I may love the idea of the risk, yet hate the outcome or vice versa. Regardless, I find risks to be absolutely crucial to one’s growth. I think the fear of them comes from the unknown, which can be daunting for any human being, but I feel if you have that willpower mixed with a little bit of curiosity, you can summon up enough courage. I think as an artist, as a creative, risks become your life essentially. For me personally, from starting off in theatre, it was risking to even get up on stage, then it was risking to try different choices on stage than the previous night, or daring to play the role that was more of a challenge for me, or moving across the globe for my training, or even moving back. It’s daring to show up everyday to an industry where nothing is promised, but you play for the sake of loving the game.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart from others is my story. It may sound cliche, but no one else is me, I’m aware that no one else is me, and that is literally my superpower. I’m currently most excited about being back in London, and taking the industry here but the horns. I’m currently focusing on completing the National Youth Theatre course, and ecstatic to be company member! I got to where I am today by not listening to any negativity, but that’s obviously easier said than done. It definitely wasn’t easy, a lot of tears, struggles, and self-doubt along the way, but also a lot of wins, successes, and cheers too! I overcame my challenges by not letting those thoughts that sneak into my mind when something bad happens, win. I truly believe if you don’t deal with the demons in your head, it’ll be much harder to get back up when you get knocked down. The main lessons I’ve learned along the way are that comparison is the thief of joy, and the grass is greener where you water it. What I want the world to know about my brand is that, just like my story, it’s multidimensional.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Where do I even begin?! London has mercurial weather at times, so let’s assume it’s summer time, and we get lucky enough to have a week straight of sunshine. We’d definitely have to get the usual out of the way, such as Buckingham Palace, London Eye, Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral. Then we can start checking out little hot spots! All my best friends are foodies, so I’d definitely take them to places we can eat our heart out! Some of the places I’d recommend are, The Ivy, Aviary, Duck & Waffle, Sky Garden, which is absolutely stunning inside, you can explore the actual garden, then go to the bar or dine at the restaurant! Bar wise, the alchemist is always a great place to go, London cocktail club in Shoreditch, or enjoy chill vibes at Box park, but besides food & drink, i’d definitely take them to check out God’s own Junkyard or enjoy some golf at Swingers Crazy Golf! Honestly, London is filled with so much to do, I don’t think I could fit in everything I’d recommend!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
As I was sitting here trying to choose who I should give this to, I really didn’t feel right only picking one person, or group or just one thing. Too much has left a mark in my story, and too many individuals have come to my aid, therefore I’ll be giving my shoutout to God. I am a prayerful woman, and I truly believe my story wouldn’t have panned out as great as it did, without God’s presence in my life. There is so many people I’ve been blessed enough to have met throughout my time on my journey, and they were all placed in different seasons of my life for a reason. Their impact deserves all the accolades in the world, and I’m grateful to God for them all.
Personal Image: New York Film Academy Left to Right: 1st Image: Strings Attached 2nd: Love In the Lab 3rd; Mad Hatter Gin & Tea Party 4: Occupation Rotation