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Life & Work with Carolyn A’lise

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carolyn A’lise.

Hi Carolyn, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I was raised in a single-parent household with a talented mother who always encouraged me to go after my dreams. I knew I wanted to be an actress at the tender age of 12 years old when I stepped foot on my first stage at the Summer Institute of the Arts. I furthered pursuing my acting career at Virginia Commonwealth University and once I graduated, set out to California to make my dreams a reality. I have not looked back since and have diligently stayed focused on my dreams of being a working, well-respected actress. I have been a part of, written, and produced numerous film projects, and was blessed with the opportunity to have a supporting role, as well as have my original song featured in the film Marauders, starring Bruce Willis and Christopher Meloni; now showing on Netflix. The journey thus far has not been easy but the bumps along the way are what make it a worthwhile adventure. My story has just begun and I am excited for what the future holds!

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?
It has certainly not been a smooth road. The same year I graduated from college, my mother suddenly passed away from lung cancer. I was left with no life insurance to cover anything, on top of trying to make sure my younger sister went to college. My mother’s passing forced me to grow up quickly and learn how to get things done, with little to no help from family and friends. With only “a dollar and a dream” aka faith and $500 to my name, I moved to Los Angeles to achieve my dreams of becoming an actress on the big screen. That $500 in my pocket ended up being the exact amount I needed to move in and pay the first month’s rent on my first “room for rent” in Los Angeles. At one point in my journey, I had three jobs at one time while also; interning for two production companies without pay and going to auditions without skipping a beat. California has definitely proven to be a place of unbelievable, challenging situations and moments of growth.

My challenges in California went a little something like this; my first car was stolen, I was kicked out of an apartment complex; after living there for two years, based on the color of my skin, my new car was broken into, not once, but twice, I became homeless (due to not making 3x the rent), when rent in Los Angeles is ridiculous, found a place but it was infested with roaches, and many more unbelievable moments. God has a funny way of putting you through situations to make you stronger for what’s to come. Not one of these struggles has deterred me from staying focused on my goal, my dreams, my aspirations. There is no denying that Los Angeles is certainly The Wild Wild West; a beautiful city that has its share of flaws. But it is also a tough, strong-willed, resilient city, full of beautiful people who change your life for the better. In order to make it in this city, you must be meek, never weak, and be prepared for absolutely anything!!

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a dramatic actress with great comedic timing. I specialize in bringing a regal presence to each and every scene I am in. This may be difficult to explain but my process is simple, “I take the realness of all of my past and present experiences, place them in file cabinets in my mind, and when the timing is just right, I pull the right file out of the right cabinet and put it into the scene.” I am most proud of my relationship with God and I believe that this is the very thing that sets me apart because I include His divine direction in every decision I make, every job I take, and every choice each of my characters play out in front of the camera or on the stage.

Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
2020 was an unexpected, mind-boggling, life-changing year for everyone around the world. We all were able to look through a different lens at the world around us and either make a change for the betterment or the detriment of not only ourselves but those around us. I love theater, film, and television and feel artists are the backbone and spirit of all people. It is time we bring truth, light, and love into what has become a very dim, negative, and dark world. It is important now more than ever to stick to your morals and core beliefs, now is the time to figure out who and whose you are! As Spike Lee would say, in School Daze….breaking the fourth wall, “WAKE UPPPPP!”

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@dviphotography (Chris Rouse), @jeremydavidcreative (Jeremy David), @wezeli (Yonathan Wezeli)

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