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Meet LaNease Adams

Today we’d like to introduce you to LaNease Adams.

Thanks for sharing your story with us LaNease. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I have always been intrigued by the entertainment industry. It seemed to quench my thirst for excitement in my life. In college, I majored in Computer Science at the urging of my parents, but I minored in theatre – and that was where I found my love. My acting, dance and philosophy classes really made me feel alive. If Calculus classes stretched my mind, it was in my acting that I applied that knowledge. Looking deeper into scene and character breakdowns than what was on the surface.
I would take acting classes in the evening, and during the day I would go on T.V. and do all kinds of dating shows, music videos, and any other work that I could get to make ends meet. Casting directors seemed to like my dry humor, and I think my naivete for how funny I was also made for a good laugh. Then came “The Bachelor.” I thought it was going to be ‘just another dating show’ (laughs). Boy was I wrong!

All in all I’d say that “The Bachelor” was a great experience. Though it was a bit difficult to handle so much attention at once, overnight. And while it was so wonderful to get support from many of my fellow Americans who thought I was awesome, it was really hard to process some negative comments from some people who thought that I should not be dating The Bachelor, because I am African American. Those comments, and a few other negative comments and articles written at the time did hurt, and I actually went through a bit of a depression after that. I told my agent and my manager that I was taking time away from the business, and I did just that. I took some college classes to keep busy, and I also worked as an Executive Assistant. I did miss acting during this long hiatus, but being in this business requires thick skin, and a really good sense of self. I wasn’t going to go back into it until I had both.

While taking time away from acting, I gained a big passion for health. Mainly due to trying to stay looking and feeling my best, and also to counteract my wild child Hollywood scene days. Out of that was born my new line of Organic Shower Gels, called Fountain of Youth Bath Gels. These gels are made to keep us looking and feeling our best.

I’m super excited to be back acting! I feel like I have done the work on myself that was needed to stay grounded in this industry, and I am looking forward to this next chapter.

Has it been a smooth road?
Most of my struggles came from not really ever feeling good enough. That was a big one. If you don’t believe in yourself you are already at a major disadvantage, not only in personal relationships, but your work as well. When things started to happen for me I was actually shocked and didn’t know how to proceed because I was in a territory that I never even really thought was possible for me. My foundation was not stable. I had to read a lot of books, and unlearn a lot of my beliefs to push through that wall and find self-acceptance and even better, self-love.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m really happy to be back on the audition circuit. For the past year, I have been deeply immersed in acting classes, from The Groundling’s, to Ivana Chubbuck’s acting school. Despite having done scenes with comedy greats such as Andy Dick, and Brian Hooks in my past, I thought it was important to sharpen my skills. I also had fun with a character in my short film “Beautiful Thorn,” where I got to go literally crazy after a breakup. And I must say, finding that anger was not as hard as it should have been (laughs)!! A broken heart can be difficult for anyone, so I was able to relate to my character (Desire’) on that level. In my real life, I don’t think that I’d ever go to the extremes that Desire’ did, so it was interesting to explore how she handled her pain and frustration.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?

I think Los Angeles is the best place to be in order to pursue a career in acting. The major Studios are here, and there are wonderful schools to hone your craft. It helps that you are around a lot of your peers that are going through the same ups and downs as you are. I have friendships that have spanned 20 years, from acting classes to on set. I love L.A.


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