Today we’d like to introduce you to Alec Ebert.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
The journey to get here in Hollywood is a long one – literally, as I am from Australia. I definitely went the long way around to becoming an actor. I always wanted to perform since I was very little, but when I ‘grew up’ I went to university and got a job. Now, for the longest time, I felt very fulfilled – I genuinely enjoyed my work and I was very good at it. However, there was a big part of me that I ignored for too long – my creative side – and it left a deep hole in me. It was many years later before I began to feed the acting part of me that I’d neglected for so long; I began taking some part-time classes in my native Sydney, Australia, to see if I still liked performance. It turns out I did. A lot. I clearly remember not long after taking my classes – I was sitting down writing an economics paper. I was writing away, but my thoughts were entire of the scene on which I was working for my class at the time. I caught myself mid-thought and it was then I realized what I always wanted to do.
So I went all in. I quit everything and began taking full-time classes in acting. I worked very hard. I started getting some stage roles. Eventually, a friend wrote a play he wanted us to showcase at a festival in Sydney, which won numerous awards, including a Best Actor role for myself. This landed me a full scholarship at Stella Adler here in LA. So now, I am in the process of trying to transition to a working visa here in the US and looking forward to landing some more roles when things begin to reopen again – both on stage and on screen.
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?
It has been challenging, like all things worth doing. Moving away from family and friends in Australia has been very hard, and I miss them a lot. A few months after I moved here to LA, my Grandfather died – he was one of my greatest friends. That was tough, but he wanted me to be here (and so do I), so here I remain. Another obstacle has been financial. I have had to rely on some very generous people like my family and the Stella Ader school, to help get me by, amongst others. Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a big challenge – for everyone. I feel we will all get through this eventually, and I aim to be here when that happens, ready for the next challenge.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I am lucky to have been born in Australia and into the family I have. I cannot pretend I have had a hard upbringing (though it has been turbulent in other aspects), and for that, I feel extremely fortunate. Overall, I feel that luck comes from the work that you put into something. The opportunities and rewards that present themselves at times may feel like luck, but I see them as the fruits of discipline – of blood, sweat, and tears.
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