Today we’d like to introduce you to Rene Leech.
Hi Rene, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I was a late bloomer when it came to my interests. I was the kid who tried everything — sports, hobbies, academic extracurriculars — and mastered none. I don’t think I knew what I was looking for, but looking back I find the constant within each activity fad was the opportunity to meet new people and cultivate new relationships.
I’ve always been fascinated by human nature and the universal ache for connection. That’s not why I became an actor, but it’s why I will continue to tell stories…until the foreseeable botox in my face prohibits me from speaking. I started acting late, as expected, but it only took one role in a high school “production” (using this term lightly, it was a student written musical and I lip synced all the songs out of fear) my senior year to know that I had found what I was looking for.
My love for performing combined with my fascination for visual storytelling led me to obtain a degree in both theatre and film production from Marquette University and eventually moving to Los Angeles in 2019.
In my first, nearly two years in LA I’ve experienced moments of great success and others of setbacks, rejections, and personal lows. But the through-line within the fleeting up’s and down’s is that I still hold close what I found years ago — my deep-rooted love for acting and its ability to provide me with an outlet to explore human behavior, desires, flaws. That exploration that acting guides me through not only offers me a creative purpose but has also helped me to better identify my authentic self and how I relate and grow in/with the world around me. Acting is such a freeing art form that I wish everyone could experience — creating films and participating in sharing meaningful narratives is my way of offering that experience up to others.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
My road has been one of fierce determination. When I reach a closed door, I build an open one next to it.
I try to shift my focus from the condition of the road onto my pace and passion. I am a firm believer that something will always come of hard work and with that in mind, I just continue to drive my Honda Civic (sponsor me Honda) down the windy road, my hand out the nonexistent sunroof, enjoying the journey rather than longing for the destination.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am an actor first and foremost — I find myself most inspired by roles and stories that challenge the traditional norm of a woman’s role in film and theatre, offer queer representation and narratives that speak honestly and compassionately about societal taboos.
I am also a creator — I direct and write films of my own alongside my beloved creative team and friends at Creosote Pictures, a small production company we formed in quarantine!
I am known for vulnerable and raw portrayals of strong female characters in gritty, true-to-life films that lovingly pay homage to human frailty and spotlight how no circumstance (relationships, adversity, and success) is lonesome. We are all connected and share more commonalities than we think, I strive to embrace this truth not only in my artistic portfolio but also in who I am as a person. That dedication to provide a sense of relatability and visibility to audiences and fellow creatives alike is what I hope will set me apart.
Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
I don’t want to curse myself and say I am not lucky, but I don’t consider myself to be a consistent “winner.”
I have had to lose several times, within and outside of my creative journey — but I think it is from those losses that resilience is built.
I would not be who I am today without my occasional bad luck; it’s allowed me space to grow, improve, and more gratefully cherish the wins!
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: https://www.reneleech.com/
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Peter Bui, Rylie Lynch, Max Nathan, Kyle Rynicki