With Actress Isabella Leon
My biggest wish is to create a non-profit organization called Sprinkles where twice a year, Fellow creators and I come together to throw a huge Birthday party for kids in unsheltered communities. Everyone deserves Sprinkles on their Birthday!
I had the pleasure of interviewing Isabella Leon. Isabella made her first singing debut at the age of 4. She sang “Castle on the Cloud” from Les Misèrables for a talent show competition where she won 1st place. Since then she has pursued a career in film, television, and local theater productions. Just this month she released her music single “Dance with Me”, on iTunes and Spotify. Her debut single is about girl power and being independent. During her first 5 years in her acting career she appeared on Life in Pieces, Modern Family, Street Ships, The Dog that saved Easter, commercials and short films to name a few. In the future, she hopes to use her success in the music industry to inspire other children to accomplish their goals and dreams through hard work and a lot of practice.
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Isabella: When I was 3 years old, I would point to the Television set and tell my parents I wanted to be in the TV. At the age of 4, my mom took me to go see “Annie” on Broadway, I cried because I wanted to be on stage not in the audience. That’s when my mom enrolled me into the preschool of performing arts. Growing up I would watch the Emmys and the Grammy awards, I loved hearing the acceptance speeches then during the commercials, I would pretend to give my speech.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?
Isabella: When I worked onset of “Life in pieces” I had the honor of being directed by Helen Hunt and working alongside James Brolin, this was such an awesome experience.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
Isabella: The funniest mistake that happened to me was when I was auditioning for a toy commercial, I was told to improv with the toy car and when I started to demonstrate the toy, it slipped out of my hands and went flying across the room and broke into many small pieces. Needless to say I didn’t book that commercial.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
Isabella: I just finished a horror film called “BITS”. I’m working on another single in the recording studio, that would include a music video. Also I’m working on a film project, but sadly I can’t go into further details at this time.
Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?
Isabella: The most interesting person I gotta work alongside was definitely, Dee Wallace, she played the mom in the movie “ET”. I was starstruck, we worked together on a horror film called “BITS” where I had to punch her in the face, it was my first onscreen punch. Rumor on set the next day, was that I actually made contact with her face.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Isabella: It’s important to have a hobby outside of the industry like collecting. I collect many things such as Squishy, Lip gloss, Slime, Legos and “Stranger Things” memorabilia just to name a few. It’s important to always be prepared like memorizing your lines before an audition or work. At the end of day, make sure to always have fun because it’s important to enjoy what you are pursuing.
You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
Isabella: My biggest wish is to create a non-profit organization called Sprinkles where twice a year, Fellow creators and I come together to throw a huge Birthday party for kids in unsheltered communities. Everyone deserves Sprinkles on their Birthday!
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
1. How much memorizing I would have to do
2. I couldn’t bring my mom in with me when I was auditioning. (My first audition was when I was only 4)
3. You have to work on your craft everyday.
4. Prepare for more no’s than yeses when it comes to auditions.
5. Don’t eat too much at craft services, because you’ll get a bellyache.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
Isabella: My favorite life lesson quote is “you have to be uncomfortable to be comfortable.” someone told me this during my journey into acting.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
Isabella: I am very grateful to the Gray Studio’s Team for sharing their talent and passion with me. There were times where I felt like I couldn’t get into character but they gave me the encouragement I needed to push through and do my best. Shanelle Gray always says “It takes a village” and Gray Studios is a big part of my village.
Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂
Isabella: I would love to be able to visit with Ellen Degeneres and just talk about anything while eating red beans & rice. I love how kind and generous she is, I also would love to prank her.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
Facebook: Isabella Leon
IMDB: Isabella Leon
Website: Isabella Leon’s Website
Thank you so much for joining us. This was very inspirational!!
Originally published at medium.com