Entry by Alana Randall, Guest Blogger
Hey readers! My name is Alana Randall and I’m so happy to be apart of this fabulous blogging experience!
My blogs will focus on the struggles of this industry and my advice on how you can rise above that as a performer. Before we get into that, let me tell you a little bit about who I am and how I got to where I am now.
I was born a native Torontonian and started to dance on my tip toes at the early age of 3. Through my childhood I continued to dance, which led me to eventually dance competitively all over Canada and the US. By the time I was in my early teens I knew that performing was something I couldn’t live without.
By the age of 16, I had worked with big name artists such as Bow Wow, Sisqo, Joe, Boomtang boys, Prozzak, Next, Neil young, and was dancing for the Toronto Raptors! However, during grade 11, I felt like I was limiting myself. I ended up leaving and going to a different high school from grade 12 through OAC. For my grade 12 arts credit, I ended up taking musical theatre because I thought that it might be fun. Not only did I discover that I was good at it, but I discovered that singing, dancing and acting altogether made me feel so many different emotions at once which was incredible! It was a done deal! I continued to do musical theatre in school and decided to go to college for it. I auditioned and got accepted into AMDA which is a reputable musical theatre school in New york. Due to the high cost, I ended up going to Humber College majoring in Theatre Performance. After a year, I left because my heart just wasn’t in it so I ended up going to The Randolph Academy for the Performing arts in Toronto. I graduated from its triple threat program, and have been working away!
I have been blessed enough to perform and work for many reputable Canadian and American theatre companies so far throughout my career, and I’ve been working steadily on projects in film/tv and stage, but this year’s been a trip for me! I experienced a huge down this past summer when I was dropped from a contract for a show due to cutbacks. It led me to the job that I have right now. At the time I didn’t know it, but it was truly a sign!
To make a long story short, the day after getting dropped, I auditioned for a tv series called Hellcats as a dancer. I nailed the audition and booked it! Shortly after working on the show, I was asked to read for an acting role. Almost immediately they ended up casting me from a dancer role to a regular character on the show! So currently I’m in Vancouver filming Hellcats and playing the role of Frankie. I feel so blessed to have the opportunities in my life, my family supporting me, and a passion for my career.
Now I would love to know more about you! Feel free to ask me anything you want to know and I’ll try to answer as best as I can.
Looking forward to hearing from you!