Actor Aleisha Force talks with host Ben Hauck about how being a person first and an actor second helps to organize her life and finances as an actor. In the interview, Aleisha shares how she categorizes and organizes her various “person” and “actor” expenses, as well as how she prioritizes what categories she spends her money on. She also explains how keeping her financial situation in order primes her for promoting her acting work. Aleisha gives advice on when to spend on luxury items or things that make her a more satisfied and fascinating person, which can in effect bolster interest in her as an actor. Her dramatic story of moving from Texas to New York City had serious financial implications, but her spending principles helped keep her balanced and focused while recovering in the new and more expensive professional market. But as Aleisha divulges, she’s not the only advocate of being a person first and an actor second, as others in the industry mirror her sentiment.
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Aleisha Force’s Bio
A relatively recent resident of New York City, Aleisha Force moved from the Great State of Texas after ten years as a full-time-no-survival-job actress there. Armed with a classical MFA from Southern Methodist University, improv training from The Groundlings, and the ability to fake it till she makes it, Aleisha is steadily making strides in the New York market while maintaining a garden in her kitchen window.
- Official website: http://aleishaforce.com
- Twitter: @AleishaForce
- Legit reel
- Commercial/industrial reel
Aleisha’s Show Information
Below is a blurb about Aleisha’s show, out in November 2015:
An isolated island community, a two-lane highway, an all-night gas station, and a crime scene on a deserted beach. The residents of gated community Ivy Dunes are used to disappearing acts — with each hurricane, a little more of their narrow barrier island washes away. But when a young woman’s disappearance leads to a gruesome discovery, the police descend, the ocean encroaches, and the residents of this barrier island community struggle to find their footing in the ever-shifting landscape.
Barrier Islands is a new play about the tangled intersections between men and women; sex and violence; desire and repulsion. Receiving its world premiere in New York City this winter, Barrier Islands is a collaboration among two professional actors, a Drama League directing fellow, and an award-winning New York City playwright.
- Show website: http://facebook.com/barrierislandstheplay
References to Prior Episodes
This episode references previous episodes of the podcast.
- AIP003 | How I Figured out My Monthly Spending and Saved up to Move to New York City: https://actingincome.com/episode3
- AIP017 | How to Define Your Relationship with Money to Better Finance Your Acting Career – with Jenn Lederer: https://actingincome.com/episode17
The Irresistible Force Paradox
For insight into the immovable object/unstoppable force paradox, try the Wikipedia entry on the irresistible force paradox.
Assorted Acting-Related References
Aleisha makes the following references in the show.
- One on One NYC
- Actors Connection
- Dirty Sugar Photography
- “The Actors’ Fatal Mistake” by Risa Bramon Garcia and Steve Braun (via Backstage)
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