We had the good fortune of connecting with Aungelique Scott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aungelique, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I’m from Akron, Ohio and my background and upbringing impacted who I am today because of the strong family foundation my Mother & Father exemplified through their faith, hard work, resilience, love, support, success, balance, creativity and so much more. I’m who I am today, because of God and my amazing parents. I’m truly grateful and blessed.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m from Akron, Ohio and I’ve been acting, singing and dancing since the age of three. I’m thankful for my Mother and Father who nurtured my gifts and talents by enrolling me in acting classes at the Weathervane Playhouse. Throughout elementary school, middle school and high school I was involved in extracurricular activities that further allowed me to explore my creativity. I was in choir, jazz band, sports, orchestra and theatrical plays. I graduated Valedictorian of my high school senior class and was awarded the Harold K. Stubbs full-ride scholarship to Kent State University where I majored in Theatre Studies, graduated with high honors (Magna cum Laude) and earned by B.A. in Theatre Studies. I’m forever thankful and appreciative to the entire Harold K. Stubbs Committee, for this great honor.
Freshman year of college I auditioned for Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night among hundreds. I received a callback and I was cast in the lead role of Viola by renowned artist and director J.R. Sullivan who was a visiting director from New York for The Roe Green Visiting Director Series that the KSU Theatre Department would host every year. I am so thankful for J.R. Sullivan to this day for believing in me. He was such a joy to work with and working with J.R. Sullivan and the entire cast of Twelfth Night is a moment in time, I will always cherish.
It was during my time at Kent State University that I also auditioned and was cast in leading roles for the theatrical productions directed by Dr. Francis Dorsey in the Pan African Studies Theatre Department and I loved it. I loved working with Dr. Dorsey along with the entire cast and crew. In 2009 I was cast in my very first film “Breaking News” this was my first leading lady role in a film. I played revengeful news reporter Delia Kneller. I auditioned for Breaking News on my birthday and got the call the next day that I booked it. I had to learn martial arts for this role and I trained everyday, my favorite martial arts move, is the scissors kick. I received the call that I booked Breaking News from Traci Williams who along with David Smeltzer created the KSU Independent Films Department. I had the pleasure of working with the film department again for their first musical “Research The Musical” where I auditioned and was cast in the lead role of singer and biology student Lauren. I later worked in the TeleProductions department where I was hired to do voiceover work, commercials and was hired to perform at amazing events.
After I graduated college I competed in an International Talent Expo in Dallas, Texas, there were talent scouts in attendance. I prepared and prepared for the talent expo, working overtime. I won 1st place winner awards out of 500 plus contestants for Best Two Person Scene, Best Singer, Best Dance Routine, where I choreographed my own dance routine to Destiny’s Child (Lose My Breath) and first place runner up for Best Monologue. A talent rep who attended the talent expo wanted to meet with me, they met with me at the expo and signed me. The talent rep happened to be from Los Angeles and with the support of my parents, I moved to LA.
I was signed with the talent representative who signed me from the expo for less than a year by choice and respectfully, I wrote them a letter to part ways because creatively they were not on the same page with me, so this action was necessary, they understood and respected my decision. I stayed in LA and continued to build and work on my craft. The process definitely has not been easy, there were and still are mountains to climb, but I continue to stay focused, I have the support of my family and my faith in God keeps me going. In between acting work I was a sales representative at Fashion Nova before it became internationally known, I was a cashier and server at restaurants, I worked at a balloon shop, I would travel and sell home good products, vacuum cleaners, jewelry, I was even a driver for Lyft at one point. In 2014 I began assisting Emmy Award Winning Casting Director & Hoyt Bowers Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Robi Reed and worked with her for three years. I assisted with her foundation, The Reed For Hope Foundation and assisted at her bible study Ascend! Bible Movement with motivational speaker, preacher and award-winning film & tv producer and best-selling author DeVon Franklin. I later had the opportunity to be the reader for some of the auditions for The New Edition Story and was a reader at the table read for The Bobby Brown Story, which was a great experience.
In between all of this, I was doing some writing of my own and creating. Fast forward to a few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting writers, directors, Showrunners and creatives from all around the world who were looking to work with new talent. I had the opportunity to meet a wonderful couple Marc & Elaine Zicree, award-winning writers, directors and producers who have written for many of the major studios and networks. Marc and Elaine cast me in their Sci-Fi series Space Command and wrote a role specifically for me after they had the opportunity to review my acting reel, singing reel and my dance reel. I play Lieutenant Delany Chilton in Space Command. The show also stars Nichelle Nichols, Robert Picardo, Doug Jones, Christina Moses, James Hong, Mike Harney and more. Having the opportunity to meet and work with Marc, Elaine and the entire cast has been remarkable. I’m honored to have the opportunity to work with the legendary Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura, Star Trek) she was highly instrumental in the space program, promoting NASA’s programs and recruiting diverse astronauts including women and ethnic minorities. Nichelle Nichols is a trailblazer who paved the way for young women like me.
There will always be obstacles, but it’s how you overcome them, that sets you apart and even when you don’t know it, allows you to be an inspiration to others. The world shifted when the global pandemic hit and we had the CDC guidelines and restrictions to follow. Everyone had to stay indoors and social distance. The world that we all knew changed and everyone was forced to stop and slow down. During the pandemic while following the CDC guidelines, I shifted my perspective and created from home. I started my own podcast series The Hollywood Spotlight Podcast!✨ I highlight the work of Hollywood professionals who work in the industry. My purpose for starting my podcast in July 2020, was to inspire, uplift and encourage people during the pandemic and beyond. Some of my podcast guests from Hollywood include award-winning casting director Cambria Hankin, Showrunner Tim Minear (9-1-1 on Fox, AHS and more.) Celebrity Fashion Designer Joey Galon (The Emmys Gifting Suite & The Oscars) and most recently Award-Winning Director, Writer & Producer Hanelle Culpepper (Star Trek: Picard, CW’s Kung Fu, Star Trek: Discovery and more.)
During the pandemic an unexpected blessing happened in the midst of doing my podcast episodes and I had the opportunity to work on a Netflix show. I loved being back on set with my fellow actors creating. I also recently choreographed and filmed at Playground LA my dance routine to the chorus of Destiny’s Child “Survivor” to encourage others through the beauty of art and dance to keep going, keep moving forward, never give up and believe in yourself. Philanthropy is also very important to me and I’m thankful that I was part of iHeart Radio’s Carol for A Cause during the holiday season, where T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods and Marshalls donated up to $1 million to Feeding America for every carol that was performed and shared on instagram reels to help families in need for the holiday season and beyond.
The advice I have for actors and artists in this industry is, know who you are, stay focused, surround yourself with positive minded people who are supportive, have balance in your life, make time for you and self-care, do the work and believe in yourself. Success is believing in yourself, doing the work, never giving up and paying it forward, so keep shining and winning even if you don’t feel like it, because when you really reflect on your journey, you’ll see how far you have come and it’s only the beginning, so keep moving forward- Onward & Upward-Stay Tuned!😊🎬
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?
This is a good question! If my best friend was visiting LA for a week, we would go to the Santa Monica Pier, The Iconic TCL Chinese Theatre, The Hollywood Walk of Fame, A Paramount Pictures Studios Tour, The Magic Castle, visit Rodeo Drive, visit The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, visit The Getty Center, do a TMZ bus tour and drive to Malibu. We would also look through the book of all the fun places in LA and check some of those places out too. There are so many great, fun, interesting and exciting options to choose from, it’s nice to have such variety. My best friend would probably need extended time in LA lol!
Some restaurant visits to share with my best friend would be The Ivy, Catch LA, Mastro’s Steakhouse, Firefly, California Pizza Kitchen, Hook Burger and Nobu Malibu.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I shout-out and recognize my amazing Mother, my amazing late Father and my lovely family! I also want to shout-out and recognize my mentors Marc and Elaine Zicree and Robert Picardo.
Thank you to all of my supporters who have been supportive of me throughout my journey and thank you to my wonderful manager and my wonderful team of agents!
Main article photo by (Aaron Richter) from the Comic Con Pizza Hut Photo Lounge in San Diego, CA.