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Life & Work with Alicia Underwood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alicia Underwood. 

Hi Alicia, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I submitted to an open casting call for a film as a hobby and way to earn extra income, which led to researching audition coaches in my area. I came across Actors Audition Studios with Lar Park Lincoln and signed up for a career consultation, I met with Lar, we hit it off, and most importantly, Lar saw my potential. After an almost two-hour meeting, I was enrolled in her six-month “Star Program.” I started booking local short films, independent features, and a few web series. I quit my full-time job and became a waitress (surprise, surprise)! She took me on her “Hollywood Highway” immersive trip to Los Angeles where I fell in love with the city’s inspirational energy. Not even a year after the trip, I relocated to Los Angeles and started auditioning almost immediately. I love networking and attend local events and mixers around the city and online whenever I get the chance. I secured representation with a manager and theatrical agent by attending several manager and talent representation showcases. Coach Mike Pointer of Hey! I Saw Your Commerical has a wonderful level 1, 2, and 3 commercial classes as well as opportunities to meet and perform in front of strong commercial agencies. I highly recommend him. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I relocated to Los Angeles in January of 2020 right before the shutdown. When the Pandemic went into full swing my friends were moving back home and I decided to stay and stick it out. Those first few months were tough. Hollywood was a ghost town, and I wasn’t sure if it would ever re-open and if it did, what that would look like. I was reading about top agencies dismantling and restructuring and didn’t know if there would ever again be an opportunity for me. Along with that were money challenges and every restaurant I had applied to for a waitress gig was closed. Streaming workouts and Industry mixers/events via Zoom eased the loneliness. I was blessed to find a part-time babysitting job for a wonderful family of two doctors which gave me some stability. My Facebook community I am part of for actors also kept me company and I was able to lean on them for support. Books, both non-fiction and fantasy, kept me company, as well as podcasts. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a film a television actress most currently known for starring in viral motivational videos for Dhar Mann Studios. One of the videos I play a female car mechanic and that video sits in the top 5 most viewed videos of his. I enjoy comedy and have taken improv classes, but I am more drawn to drama. I consider myself a dramatic actress and enjoy watching movies that deeply move me. I play young on camera and have a versatile look, which makes it easy for me to audition and book high school-aged roles. 

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
That I am resilient and tougher than I thought. I have never navigated a Pandemic nor had my career impacted so extremely by it. I think I can say this on behalf of our Entertainment Industry that we pulled together and figured out how to bounce back. I also learned that I could not do this life without friends, family, and being around people in general. Now I am so much more grateful when me and friends make plans, or I am able to celebrate a film wrap party in person. I also learned how to budget/manage my money better. The Los Angeles public library was offering free finance courses and I signed up for one. 

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Tim Sabatino Photography

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