My name is Alex, and I’m an actor living in Los Angeles. Born and raised in New York City (Queens, to be exact) I was very fortunate to grow up in a place that had the resources to feed my acting bug from a very young age. At 13 years old I was accepted into the Drama Program at Frank Sinatra School of the arts. The school was founded by Tony Bennet, and I was one of the first lucky students to roam its hallways. It was a dream come true! I was taught by amazing teachers, mentored by actors that I grew up idolizing, and most importantly I got to do what I loved every single day. I was hooked.
From there I went to a conservatory to continue my training, and landed my first professional acting gig at 18 years old. I’ve since been fortunate enough to have some wonderful opportunities as an actor, including a national tour, hitting the stage in London, and some awesome TV and Film jobs as well.
Though I could not picture myself doing anything else, being an actor is not always pretty. In school you get to wake up and perform every day, unfortunately the professional world is not like that. There’s constant uncertainty, a lot of hard work with no guarantee of success, and a lot of WAITING. You’re constantly waiting for that next audition to come in, for that next booking, for that next phone call. And once you finally get a job, theres still more waiting. Waiting on set for your turn, waiting for the show to air, waiting to see if your part got cut out, waiting, waiting, waiting.
Enough years of this kind of frustration, and I decided to take matters into my own hands, and Voilà, in 2013, I DIDN’T GET THE PART was born. I was going crazy being on hold for a pretty huge project (that I did not end up getting) and decided to make a video about it. The video did not go viral (that was not my intent), but it was well received, and ignited a new light inside of me. It felt so good to create my own content, even as ridiculous and imperfect as it was. I felt hopeful and excited to have a new creative outlet. But eventually like everything else, waiting, and relying on an entire crew of people to get a single project done was taxing, EXPENSIVE, and not what I wanted to do.
Cue Stand-up Comedy…
Earlier this year I began my adventure into stand-up, and it was by far one of the best, and most rewarding decisions I have ever made. It delivered EXACTLY what I was looking for. To get to rely on ME, and ONLY me was both liberating and absolutely terrifying. It brought me a sense of self that I admittedly lost for some time, and brought me Home. I was back on stage performing for a live audience, and sharing my own material! It was seemingly the perfect combination.
It wasn’t very long before I started to see the other side of comedy. Turns out, this art form too has you waiting and depending on A BUTTLOAD of other people. Bookers, club owners, other comics, your friends -the list goes on. Not to mention that it was costing my friends a lot of money to come see me! And I feel bad saying this, but as a new comic you have very little knowledge as to which shows are a waste of time and which aren’t.
I was becoming more and more frustrated. I felt so unsatisfied, and so stuck. Even when I would book a job, almost immediately after I’d return to my same state of turmoil.
I decided to take a short mental vacation for myself. I reevaluated and asked myself- what was I really DOING? Why was I feeling this way?
I then realized that the best parts of my journey have been simply when I could Create and Connect with you guys. At the end of the day, thats really all I’ve been searching for. Its WHY I do any of this in the first place. And to have a casting director, an agent, a manager, a booker, get to dictate how often, how much, and where I get to do this- is no longer acceptable to me.