We had the good fortune of connecting with Alyse Hamilton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alyse, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
My work life balance has changed drastically over time. Constant hustling, day jobs, acting gigs, acting classes, networking and planning for future moves took up all my time. I was making really good moves in my career and doing all the right things but after a few years, the burn out set in. I started reflecting on how I could improve the quality of my life while still advancing in my career. Acting is a huge part of my life but it was not healthy for me to make it my WHOLE life. I started making more time for my family and friends. I created a work schedule for myself that allowed me to be both productive and have “me time”. Taking time out to enjoy my life and my loved ones has actually helped my career. I am adding more life experiences to pull from when I am playing a character or writing a screen play. I am less stressed and able to work from a full cup rather than an empty one.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an actor and a writer. I have been acting professionally for about 5 years and writing for 3. My ultimate super power is the self love and confidence I have for myself. Many creatives are so hard on themselves and lack confidence to truthfully express themselves. Practicing self love and being gentle with myself has helped me confidently step into roles that I previously would have felt too small to fill. The journey is not easy but it’s rewarding beyond belief. I have always been resilient but this career is teaching me patience. Success will come but it may come in intervals and not all at once. I am learning that that is ok. I want the world to know that my brand is called Acting Out. It means find what you want to do and unapologetically for for it!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Day 1 we would keep it very chill and local and pack a picnic to spend the day at Santa Monica Beach and walk the pier.
Day 2 sleep in, dress up and eat a hearty meal at Howlin Ray’s before dancing the night away at The Dime.
Day 3 my bestie and I would eat our weight in kbbq at Park’s BBQ in Koreatown and stop at a Boba spot after.
Day 4 Malibu!!!! I would take my best friend on a hike to Escondido Falls to walk off all the food we ate. The scenery is gorgeous!!!
Day 5 Maybe it’s touristy but I am assuming my best friend is a tourist so I would take her to the walk of fame, get drinks at Tekila and take her shopping.
Day 6 we brunch at Mama Shelter and catch an evening drive in movie at Melrose Rooftop Theater.
Day 7 Eat and drink at EP & LP before she has to leave!
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 would ultimately love to thank God himself for gifting me a lovely and supportive family. Once I graduated college, my parents were fully supportive of me pursuing an acting career. I would also like to thank my former on screen co star, Valeka Jessica, who was my first ever acting mentor! She really showed me the ropes! I would also like to thank Christine Horn, my acting coach, who knows the ins and outs of television acting. She really guided me on how to book the room!