We had the good fortune of connecting with Joshua Lewis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joshua, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think about risks in the aspect that they’re tons of individuals that want to be more in life. They are following their passions of wanting to become either a professional entertainer, artist, entrepreneur, or athlete. I believe in betting on yourself and having the guts to compete against others is a huge step in gaining what you want in this world. I’ve always been a risk taker, but with acting I chose to explore a different career path. I noticed those closes to me laughing and not taking me seriously when I put my mind to something. I just ignored them kept working and being motivated. I said to myself, ” Someday someone is going to notice me and it’s all up from there!” I was told stop being silly and work my 9 to 5 because I do not have a shot at competing against seasoned actors. “It’s funny how those tables turned!” I have become my own brand. I have created my own template, through my failures in where I need to improve. I constantly tell myself, “I belong here!” I usually isolate from social media to breathe in the present of life, to work on my craft, and achieve more for myself. Taking the risk in becoming who I am today and being so influential to my peers is a blessing. Failures are lessons, but you must know how to learn from them and apply it in the future.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I embarked on this expedition from watching a reality tv series, celebrity interviews and reading books for pleasure. The reality tv series installed the importance of networking and connecting with others to get towards your goals. The celebrity interviews I watched closely were Lakeith Stanfield and Omari Hardwick. Both Stanfield and Hardwick interviews gave me the courage to at least give acting a shot and learn the importance of being present in the room. Also, I know that opportunity can present itself in many ways.
How I got where I am today was by doing consistent research on YouTube, studying the craft of character development from successful actors in the industry, and networking with a circle who are pursuing the same goals I am. I have received a great deal of advice that I am grateful for, but advice is nothing compared to learning from experiences. I have been denied numerous times trying to secure my first gig. I was always hoping someone would notice that diverse talent in me. At first, all the auditions were overwhelming, but I continued and learned to ask, “How can I make it better?” or “What was missing in my audition?” The goal-oriented side of me compelled me to do the labor and create the blueprint on how I was going to become successful in this business. Later, I came up with a formula for myself. So far, I have had much success in gaining auditions and callbacks. Acting became a passion for me after noticing who I am and what I am capable of in this industry.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m still fairly new to the Atlanta scene while still going back and fourth from Atlanta, Ga and Huntsville, AL. I still have much to explore, but In my time of being here so far, I would say these are the things to do and places to visit: – The Georgia Aquarium
– Piedmont park for festivals, carnivals, and concerts
– Toast on Lenox. You can’t go wrong with the fish and grits
– The Roof at Ponce City Market, It’s a rooftop full of vibes. Enjoy carnival games, mini golf, drinks and food.
– And of course the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park to visit the home which he once lived in.
Shopping I would advise folks to go to the Phipps Plaza for your nice designer brands more luxurious fashion even if it’s just to site see you’ll find inspiration and motivation from the culture all the nice clothes ,cars ,and famous people you’ll see just being normal people is pretty cool to me. Date nights head to a nice restaurant on Peachtree in the downtown area.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to give a shoutout to my fiancée for being the first person to encourage me. She’s continuously motivating me and assisting me in my audition tapes. She has kept me grounded and made sure I am focused on becoming the great actor she sees me becoming. Next, I want to thank my daughter for giving me motivation in pursuing this highly competitive career. Lastly, I’d like to thank my sister and others that supported me and encouraged me reassuring that I belong in this industry. I’m also appreciative of their critiques, telling me what I need to work on.
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