Today we’d like to introduce you to Andre Andrews.
Andre, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born in Newark New Jersey It was a rough start. I moved around a lot as a kid ended up going to high school in North Carolina and graduated in 2001. I completed bootcamp in August of 2001 and the next month September 11 2001 happened and that changed my life for ever. We had one of the greatest terror attacks our country has ever seen. But that day showed me that our country can come together when its needed. My time in the NAVY I have seen 23 countries. Traveling around the world representing my country has been the greatest experience of my life.
I got out the Navy in 2005 and started working in stage production in Miami for Zo’s Summer groove for a few years. I knew I wanted to do more that stage production so I packed my bags and moved out to California in 2009. I went to film school for Film and Animation. 2015 I got a job at Stereo D and went to work on Godzilla and Ninja Turtles. I have worked on commercials for At&t, T-mobile, Honda, Gatorade and Mcdonalds. Producing and directing have been my main passions and driving art form here in Los Angeles
During this time I found the American Legion and then my life changed. I have been an American Legion member for 6 years now I’m am on the Executive Committee of American Legion Post 283. My time at the Legion I have created a few programs like a range day, car club and a equestrian program to better the legion and the veterans in the community. The equestrian program has been life changing. Having the opportunity to teach veterans how to bond and ride these big beautiful horses Is amazing.
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 have seen my fair share of struggles here in LA. we all know in art nothing is promised so trying to find that path, find that road that fits me has been my main struggle. Its so many art forms and we all know we can do a lot in life but we also have to find a first focus than make it to the next levee whether its in that same art form or if you transition into another one.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with American Legion Post 283 – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
The American Legion is a 100 year old non profit that helps returning veterans from conflicts have a great civilian life. The American Legion is the organization that created the Montgomery GI ill which allows Veterans to go to college. It also created the VA health care system which services American veterans accrues the country.
I started in the American Legion just like every other veteran and then quickly learned this non profit can help me and many other veterans like me. It was so many services and things to do I was amazed. With the legion its more than a club house. We go to all the major sports teams games and local concerts. At our local post we have tons of activities for the veterans as well. I had a couple of passions my self and the American Legion showed me that they support good ideas. I started a range day they supported and now we have a 3 year program that we teach veterans how to shoot and provide them with tactical skills they can use for home defense.
Warriors Road is a equestrian program that We created in the legion and we provide veterans with the experience of bonding and grooming with horses. Once comfortable we allow the Veterans to ride the horses in the arena. After a few riding days In the arena the veteran then gets to go on trail rides as groups with other veterans on horses. This is a multi phase program for the veterans, horses and volunteers of the program to learn and grow as a unit.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My plans for the future is to have a successful production company. I want to tell stories that bring emotion out of the viewers. I would also love to own a huge ranch where we can save horses and veterans and grow food for the American Legion kitchens.
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