We had the good fortune of connecting with Jermaine Alexander and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jermaine, how do you think about risk?
I have an interesting relationship with RISK. When I first made the decision to pursue acting as a career RISK felt like I was fearful of judgment and of losing something. Risk brought fear out in me. I knew people wouldn’t understand how I would get a career in entertainment. And the truth was… I didn’t know how to get a career in entertainment. Like others I thought, becoming a doctor, attorney or businessperson seemed more attainable. So, I found myself caring more about what other people thought. I was overthinking everything. As time went on and I experienced many ups and downs I became more courageous. Then timing became factor but Gods timing. RISK became my friend. Now I invite RISK because it’s a clear indication of my commitment to what I’m doing. The noise of naysayer’s has silenced, option B is a distraction and doors that seem closed are merely doors with someone else’s name on it. I rather walk through my door. So RISK evolved into TRUST in timing. That is what God constantly teaches me. With hard work faith is truly everything.
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.
I do many things as an artist. Most recently I’ve been acting and video editing. I’m proud to have been on 2 episodes of General Hospital and 1 episode of The Young and The Restless last year. That definitely was a great highlight during this pandemic. I look forward to more camera work in 2022! Consistency. Consistency and hard work is how I got here. I’m not anywhere close to where I want to be but I can see how consistency is a major factor in growth and opportunity. But consistency looks like this… Training. One has to train and get better and put it into practice. This is the development of your craft and brand. It’s like working out. There is a term called “muscles in the bank.” You have to be consistent with your workout to get the ‘muscles in the bank’. But if you never build them up it will be difficult to stay in the game for the long run. And that’s the goal.
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?
Well…there’s always Tekila’s. I laugh because I should be getting paid for how much I talk about this place. They do have the best Tequila Lime Wings. But the vibe is always hype and you can come dressed as you are. Its a super chill hangout spot on Hollywood Blvd. Now, if you like to get a little fancy I like to go to Perch which is a French restaurant downtown LA on a rooftop. The view is just beautiful. Day or night. At night we are going down to La Louisianne! Creole cuisine. The CATFISH alone will win you over but my favorite thing about this place is their live band. They will play jazz, soul to top hits. This place is a gem!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people who have helped me get to where I am today. My Professor in undergrad Kevin Pina has given me a lot of tools to sustain myself during this start of my career. I learned my way around a studio set, editing bay and interesting ways to make a cut. And I can’t say his name without shouting Garvin Tso and Melody Uhlich. As an editor/artist these three have nurtured my interests/skills and encouraged me to keep going. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have mentorship from people who love what they do. Passion and skill can be contagious and in this case it most definitely was.