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Life and Work with Alexa Keeli Lowery

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexa Keeli Lowery.

Alexa Keeli, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I first started acting at age eight. My mom was a pageant queen (Mrs. Ohio 2001) so I had a lot of influence to perform and be creative at a young age. I got involved in community theater, followed by show choir & high school musicals and then landed my first agent: Pro Model & Talent Mgmt at age 16 in Fairlawn, OH. I did some modeling, as well as commercial gigs for clients such as Axe and Kashi. Then I went on to study Theater at The Ohio State University, after graduation in May 14’, I moved to Los Angeles, CA to further pursue my acting career. I’ve now been out in the “city of angels” for nearly six years and I’m loving it!!

I’m currently signed with RSA Talent Management and Daniel Hoff Agency who get me out for auditions regularly. Since being in LA I’ve booked some fun gigs including: History Channel Outlaw Chronicles: Hells Angels (biker babe), Fox Empire (Mary J. Blige fangirl) and Netflix Deep Undercover (Dancer 4/ Officer Tiffany). To check out some of my other work please visit my IMDB page: https://pro.imdb.com/name/nm6744933?s=d8b82dbe-b3as-a781-12b0-336b57699311&site_preference=normal

In addition to acting, I’ve dove into several other creative realms during my time in Los Angeles. I worked as a Casting Assistant at Alyson Horn Casting for a few years and also as a Production Assistant for various different entertainment companies. Wearing other creative hats, and learning from behind the scenes, taught me how to be a better actor—the do’s and don’ts. I used this knowledge to create my own passion project; a 15minute short film called Pains of the Past. It’s based on true stories of domestic violence and rape. This film is close to my heart: I wrote it, produced it, cast it and acted in it. If you wish to watch this powerful short, please visit my Vimeo account: https://vimeo.com/user14359357/review/167892567/93f4ebe255

My next goal towards my career is to join SAG (Screen Actors Guild) to become a union actor. I’ve earned enough credits to be eligible which is very exciting! My goal as an actor is to create, entertain and inspire. I hope my story encourages others to follow their dreams!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I’ll admit it has not always been a smooth road in the pursuit of my acting career. When I first left Ohio, I packed all of my belongings in my car and road-tripped across country by myself. I faced many obstacles with bad weather, no lodging and extreme exhaustion. Upon arrival into LA, I only knew one person who I met in college. I asked him if I could pay him to sleep on his couch until I found my own place. I bartended and saved my money until I was finally able to get my own spot! Now I had to figure out how to break into acting. I went to the Samuel French bookstore and read every book I could find on breaking into the industry. I attended networking events, took classes from Mormon-Boling Casting, Killians Workshop, ioWest, AHC Casting and many more. I offered to be a reader and even did an unpaid internship in Casting that eventually led to a paid position. This advanced my skills and made the Casting Director’s aware of my talent. They started throwing me into auditions and giving me opportunities — yes! My best advice for other young women trying to pursue their dreams in entertainment, or any career, is to go above and beyond. Stand out from the rest! Do your research, ask questions, seek mentors and always come prepared!

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Something that sets me apart from other actors is the fact I can also sing and dance (triple threat as they call it). I’ve booked commercials and music videos that required me to not only act but to also dance. I like bringing a variety of talent to the table because it makes me a more valuable asset and that is something I’m proud of!

There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
Finding a mentor that supports you and inspires you is extremely important! I have a phenomenal acting coach, Edward Singletary, that is always there for me. Anytime I need advice, help filming a self-tape audition or just a general coaching/mentoring session he is just a phone call away. It’s also really important to keep a strong circle of positive influencers around you. Surround yourself by people that want to see you succeed! My friends are my accountability partners. We help each other to make sure we are reaching daily/long-term goals and staying on track. My partner and family members are also always willing to help me read a script or to give me advice on how to approach a specific character or storyline. I’m so grateful for my circle; but I will admit It took effort on my end to get to a point where I feel supported whole-heartedly. You have to avoid distraction, negativity and people who want to bring you down. Stay positive and keep focusing on building your empire!

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Rudecrew Productions; Jonny Marlow Photography; Deepundercover; IMDBPro

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