Today we’d like to introduce you to Ruby Lewis.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Ruby. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My motto is ‘pursue what you love and have a damn good time.’ Since the age of two, I have considered the stage my second home. The theatre has always called to me. Singing and dancing have always been my therapy, storytelling my passion. 30 years later, and I’m still beckoned and bewitched by the stage. I’m telling my own stories now, and feel so fortunate to call this my career and life mission.
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?
Anyone pursuing a career in acting knows the ratio of rejection to acceptance is 95/5. I’ve spent months working on material, certain it was meant for me, only to sob over the toilet following the final callback. It has taken me ten years to develop a skin thick enough to trust. Trust that persistence will pay off. Trust that luck is equal parts timing and preparedness. Trust that my path is unfolding as I go. I’ve turned my focus to developing relationships and soaking up as much as I can. I consider my job to be observation now. Truly understanding the human condition. If I focus too much on booking the next role, I lose my trust and my artistic integrity.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
All roads have led to now, and now I consider myself a creator. I am a singer, actor, dancer, writer… I’m known for being the little lady with the big voice. And now, I’m injecting more of myself into everything I do. Specificity is key. I enjoy being an interpretive artist but find creating my own content to be the most satisfying. I like developing something out of nothing. I love letting my imagination run wild.
What were you like growing up?
I was a shy kid. Incredibly soft-spoken and polite. But I did force my friends to harmonize with me to Beach Boys songs on the playground. My younger brother often played the role of cameraman at home when I felt inspired by a new Britney Spears music video. I got straight As, I was an overachiever, and unfortunately ‘meeting the mark’ became a testament to my self-worth. Seeking validation became a bit toxic, though it gave me the drive I needed to move to New York City from small town Kentucky and “show em all” I could achieve success. I lived for make-believe and making others happy.
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