We had the good fortune of connecting with Elle Vernee’ and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elle, what role has risk played in your life or career?
In my opinion risks are necessary if you believe that your life has a unique purpose. While I do believe taking risks is important, I am a bit of a procrastinator in carrying them out. But eventually the thought of being 80 years old and looking back over my life wondering “what if” always frightens me into action. is frightening and seems like mental torture . It’s this fear of mental torture that eventually inspires me to act on any risk that I need to take. Whatever happens at least I won’t be wondering “what if”. The risks that I have taken so far have led to some amazing experiences and accomplishments in my life and career. Some of them have been disastrous…epic fails, but have provided some valuable lessons that have molded me into the person and the artist that I am today.
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.
Since I was a child, I have been fascinated with story telling. I have always loved stories and words/language. My grandmother called me a human tape recorder as I repeated anything I heard, to anyone. If you didn’t want the local bank teller or grocery store cashier to know your business, don’t let me hear it. I loved mimicking the voice and mannerisms of the subjects of my stories. I did not and even today, tell a story the same way each time. This fascination eventually expanded into my teenage and young adult years as I picked up writing poetry and plays. I took acting and writing courses at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. I went on to write a number of original plays, screenplays and radio commercial productions. I’ve also been an acting and writing instructor for high school students. My acting career includes professional theater, commercials, film, industrials and most recently a music video (Justin Bieber) plus smashup video (Weird Al Yankovic). I’ve been dancing a lot lately in productions. I don’t know where that’s coming from…but I’m here for it! My career so far has been fun and rewarding, but it hasn’t been easy. Rejection sucks. I wish I could be more eloquent about the subject, but that’s all I got. However, it’s in every rejection that I am reminded of how sincerely passionate I truly am about professionally telling stories . I overcome this challenge the moment I hear about another chance to do what I love and excitement swells again at the possibility of being a part of a new opportunity. The biggest lesson that I’ve learned along the way is to be true to the life I want to live. Listen to that inner voice, for me it’s God. I heard someone say once that God gives “you” the vision, insight, purpose. He speaks to you…not a committee. So, on the days that I’m not understood, or my actions don’t make sense to others, I remind myself that I’m listening to the beat of a drummer that no one can hear but me. While I may look off beat, know that I am right on time with my drummer. It is important to me that I continue to grow into a bold, authentic, and innovative storyteller who unapologetically impacts this industry.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I have truly grown to love living in California and relish at the opportunity to share my favorite spots with friends and loved ones that visit me. Early in the week I focus on historic staples of Los Angeles: Hollywood Boulevard, the Observatory, hike to the Hollywood sign, Roscoe’s, etc. I always try to throw in some form of live entertainment whether it be at the Hollywood Bowl or Pantages Theater. Castaway in Burbank is one of my favorite restaurant go- tos for great food and captivating views. The latest place that I enjoy having drinks and chill time with friends or family is 1 West Hollywood. On early Saturday morning (…and I do mean early) it’s off to catch shopping deals in the Fashion district in downtown Los Angeles followed by a very late lunch at Perch. (Breakfast is taken care of through all the delicious food, especially agua fresca, street corn and churros, found throughout the district as we shop.) Sunday at the beach is a must. The one thing I love about Los Angeles, is that there is always temporary/seasonal exhibits, festivals and interesting pop ups occurring in the city. I love cross referencing my guests’ visits with what’s going on the city during their stay here.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Lately while observing the actions of people and the world, I’ve found myself saying to myself repeatedly “Your mother didn’t you tell you… or teach you…” I am so grateful for the lessons and the realities of what life is from my mother. It’s been invaluable and game changing. I’m extremely appreciative that the opinions of the pre-teen, teenager that knew everything about everything…she paid zero attention to.
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