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Rising Stars: Meet Alyse Moné

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alyse Moné.

Hi Alyse, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
This has been my journey this far…I’ve always performed. Whether that was in my living room entertaining my mom and aunts on a stage. In 9th grade, I joined a performing arts after-school program, Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit. That really laid my foundation. Then I transferred to Cass Tech my junior year of high school and studied acting under Marilyn McCormick. She was the person who affirmed that I could really make a life out of this. It was up from there. I went to a conservatory program for college. Got to study in London for a semester. It was amazing. After college, I knew LA was my goal. I’d literally dreamt of it since I was a little girl. But reality set in and I just didn’t feel ready for that big of transition right out of school. I knew Atlanta and New York were also places I wanted to spend some time in. I remember telling my mom, “I think I may bounce around these next few years. I want to travel to the acting markets”. I prayed and asked God for direction and was off to Atlanta from the last quarter of 2017 through mid-2019. I learned so much from that place. Priceless gems. It taught me a lot about my own creativity, creative agency and my determination. I formed many creative bonds in both the acting and music industries. From mid-2019 to the end of that year I moved to New York for a bit.

Wild transition, but it didn’t take me all that long to realize that place wasn’t for me. Though I loved the hustle and bustle of the city, going to in-person auditions and meetings, it just didn’t feel right for me. I tried my best to go against the feeling. I’m from Detroit and grew up with the mindset of continuing to push even when things get hard. But when I went back home to visit my parents that holiday season, I remember praying again for direction. God told me to not sign the lease to my soon-to-be Brooklyn apartment I’d spent months searching for and staying in Detroit. Now, I’m not one to question God, but I had some notes, lol. All in all, I was obedient. When I went to have the conversation with my mom, it just so happen she was coming to talk to me. Literally about the same thing. For me to stay and transition from there to LA. That felt good. I stayed. Little did anyone know a pandemic would hit just a few months later. I was grateful. Grateful that I’d listened for sure! But also to be with my family during that time.

The pandemic though horrific, allowed me to really pause and reset. I took a leap of faith and dropped all my reps. I got back in touch with different parts of my creativity. I started setting up my own photoshoots in my bedroom. Once things began to progress slightly and we were allowed outside a little. I started working with a few photographers in the Detroit area to execute my ideas. I was proud of my creativity and grateful to have documented that time in life. Even looking back at some of my photos from that time, I’m just really proud of them. It help me become more clear with who Alyse was and what Alyse wanted out of life. If things didn’t align with that then it couldn’t stay. In 2021, I was ready to transition closer to LA. I started planning a move to AZ to transition to Cali. Arizona was perfect for what I needed it to be. I’d lost a best friend, more like a brother Monty in April of 2021 in a terrible drunk driving accident. The rest of the year truly felt like a blur but I really got in touch with my spirituality. It’s what got me through. Now, I’m here. Fresh to LA. I feel grounded. Ready to create and make my mark in this place as an actor-artist.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
The journey of growth, learning and trusting your process is never smooth. Worth it? Yes. But what’s on the other side of those hills and valleys makes it worth it. There have been many times where I’ve wanted to give up. I’ve suffered from reps who weren’t aligned with my vision of my career. It’s really about betting on yourself, trusting that you’re making the most aligned choices for yourself for the greater and best outcome! Seeking God, keeping the faith and consistent gratitude are major for me!

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’m an actor to my core. But I’m also a multi-hyphenate creative. I love to write, I sing and I pose. I don’t like to fully classify as a model, I just love creative direction and executing photoshoots from start to finish. I’m most proud of the artist that I’m becoming. I believe that just being myself as cliche as it sounds is really what sets me apart. But it’s never failed me. That mixed with my work ethic. Whenever I put out work, I really believe it’s making a mark and impact on others. I really want to heal and provoke thought and conversation when people see my work.

What are your plans for the future?
My future plans?… I’m just ready to work and collab. I’m working hard to break into the film and television industry and believe that’s coming soon. So be on the lookout for this face!! I’m really overall just looking forward to making my mark here in LA! I know that will produce Big and Great changes in my life. The fact that I’m even here is a major change that I’m extremely proud of!

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Ju Konye Mbamah Monty Terry Heath Cyrus B Justin Villalobos

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