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Meet Alanna Fox

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alanna Fox.

Alanna, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I grew up in San Francisco and attended a Performing Arts school from Kindergarten through 8th grade. In sixth grade, as I was joyfully in the iconic red wig during rehearsals for “Annie,” I made it a goal to study Musical Theatre at New York University when I was older, and I did just that! After graduating from NYU, I performed in Off-Broadway plays and musicals, and also toured the country with “Angelina Ballerina The Musical.” While on tour, I developed a polyp on one of my vocal cords, which lead to a lot of vocal rest, and taking some On-Camera classes – and with that, a new passion was sparked! Six months later, I did a “test summer” in Los Angeles, and within the first week, I knew I’d be moving officially. I have now lived in L.A. for five years and work as an actor in TV, Film, and Commercials.

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?
Not at all. When I first moved to Los Angeles, I felt like I was failing, since my dream had always been to be on Broadway. But I soon realized I was just changing lanes for now, and Broadway will always be there. I was starting over though – learning a new type of the craft, meeting new Casting Directors, and trying to get representation. I was lucky enough to sign with a great manager within my first year, and I booked my first TV Co-Star about a year after that! I felt like my career was really starting – in 2017, I was on 5 TV shows!

But then in 2018, I only had five in-person TV auditions total. That was really hard for me. To go from so high, thinking I was going to be auditioning and working all the time, to so low, thinking “was that just a fluke?” I started doubting myself, my acting abilities and felt truly depressed for the first time in my life. Starting therapy really helped me during that time, and now I can say that I am truly grateful for that year. It taught me a lot about perseverance and how important it is to keep a positive mindset. Once I got in a better headspace, I started having fun again and started booking work again. I now know that I can’t put all my happiness and self-worth on my acting career.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I have mostly worked on TV comedies and short films in L.A., but recently, I had a very dramatic role in “Shifter,” a spy-thriller series, that required stunt choreography, and I’m very proud of myself for that work. I am also proud of the energy and demeanor that I bring into auditions – recently Casting Directors have been commenting on my warmth and positive nature. I am so happy that I come across as the type of person I strive to be. A few months ago, I still would have thought that being successful meant being a Series Regular on a TV show. Now I’m realizing that having success is being a kind person, helping others, working hard, and being consistent.

Do you feel like our city is a good place for businesses like yours? If someone was just starting out, would you recommend them starting out here? If not, what can our city do to improve?
Yes, definitely. If you want to do TV and Film, Los Angeles is one of the best cities for it. I recommend making an effort to simply meet people – get into acting and/or improv class, go to shows and readings, and just participate in any way you can. It really is about relationships. It’s fun when you book a job and you can look back and pinpoint a person or situation that lead to someone else, that eventually lead to that booking! My biggest piece of advice, and I’m still learning this myself, is that you have to learn to love the stage you are in in your career, otherwise you’ll drive yourself crazy always wishing you were further along.

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