FYIG Chats With Lance Alexander of Netflix’s Family Reunion

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Tell us a little bit about yourself

I’m a 14-year-old from Cincinnati, Ohio. I just started High School and I have one older sister. I’m an avid video gamer, my parents might even describe me as hardcore. I enjoy going to church, spending time with my family, and volunteering as often as I can and traveling.

How did you get your start in acting?

I started acting in April 2017. My mom submitted my photos to Wings Model Management, Inc. as I wanted “to be on tv.” So I tried some print and modeling first and Jake Lang (owner of Wings) believed that I had a personality that belonged on TV. I started to take classes and participate in a Model & Talent Expo in Dallas, Texas. Before I left for Texas, Jake suggested I should join in a workshop being given by a Talent Manager and Talent Agent who both worked for many years in Los Angeles. The workshop was a success and with no prior acting experience and only 5 months of training, we headed to Hollywood at their requests. So, we credit Wings, MC Talent and AKA Talent Agency with helping me on this journey!

How have you evolved as an actor since you got your start?

My main job as an actor is to bring a scripted character to life but over time, I have also learned to fully use myself and my attributes to make the character most believable. My imagination has grown tremendously since I started acting.  

What can you tell us about your latest show, “Family Reunion”?

“Family Reunion” is about a Seattle family that comes to Columbus, GA, where I live, for a family reunion and decide to stay. We live in a small town and the McKellan family is used to their big city. Their parents are not very firm so the kids have a hard time adjusting to all the rules of their grandparents home. The parents and grandparents don’t always agree either and sometimes this causes problems. Meanwhile, the kids are trying to adjust to school, make friends and find their way in the new town. It’s a very comical situation.

What can audiences expect from your character, “Elvis”?

Elvis is a funny guy, he’s patient and very optimistic. The girl he’s in love with, Jade, barely knows he exists but he’s so confident, he doesn’t let her rejection bother him. No matter how many boys Jade meets, Elvis won’t give up on his love interest. He will fight for Jade until the end of time.

What’s next for your career? What types of roles are you looking to get into?

Commercial and animation voiceovers are next on my list!

What advice would you have for aspiring actors? 

The best advice I can give is to be serious and allow your passion to show in everything you do. No audition or role is small. Preparation is key. Every audition/opportunity is important. You never know where it is going to take you. Memorizing lines is not easy. You just need to focus on it and not get caught up in things that distract you. Give each opportunity your all, go after it like a beast. If you choose acting be faithful to it, nurture it, develop and cherish it. Don’t get sidetracked or caught up in what others are doing. Be patient with yourself and trust the process, allow yourself time to develop and learn. Never walk around with a sense of entitlement but, instead be prepared to work harder and longer to fulfill your dreams.

What’s your life like outside of acting?

I really enjoy playing volleyball, one of the first things I joined when we arrived in California! I love flag football and dancing, especially for workouts. I like hitting the bike trails with my dad on the weekends too! I am also a serious chess player, I have played for a few school championships. I enjoy volunteering whenever I can make time because my parents have taught us you may not have the most, but there is always someone else with less.

What does your work with the volunteer organization, “Best Buddies” mean to you?

Best Buddies is a wonderful organization and I am proud to be a part of it. Life is tough in general and when you combine the ups and downs of life with an intellectual or developmental disability, I imagine things are even tougher! This is why it means so much to me to offer the gift of friendship and social support to my friends and peers at Best Buddies. At the end of the day, we are all in this world together so why not make it better by supporting each other, regardless of any differences.

Let the readers know where to find you online. 

Please continue following my journey on Instagram @thelancealexander.