I was a kid of a poor family who had more children than money, there is no exaggeration, sometimes we did not have anything to eat for dinner, but my parents gave us something much more important than food, they gave us love. In our modern world, love is disappearing faster than the Arctic ice. If I could ask all the people in the world to share love and kindness at least with one person, to just do something for someone else, for one day to live their lives for someone who needs their help, tomorrow we would wake up in a totally different world.
I had the pleasure to interview Alex Sparrow. Alex is an international actor, singer and musician, best known for his role as Alexi Petrov on Lifetime’s UNREAL.
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?
When I was 25, I signed a contract as a recording artist with RedOne, one of the worlds best music producers, and came to the US to start a new amazing page of my life. While working on the album, I got into a car accident and woke up with a massive stroke and half of my body paralyzed. So I actually did start a new page of my life, but without being able to speak, sing, dance or even walk any more.
Doctors would tell me that I would never be able to get back to normal, sing or perform on stage and do the things I would do before but I did not believe them. I was sure it was up to me to decide who I am and how I want to go on living my life. It took me more than a year to learn everything back from scratch. I trained myself to walk, to talk and to sing again. I did not only prove them wrong, but I also became something much abler than I was before. It took me a long time, and great effort, but now I know for sure that there are no limits to the human body, all the restrictions are in our mind.
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?
I was 19 years old, and I was hosting a large TV live concert for the first time in my life. It was direct broadcast, and I still don’t know why they decided to entrust me to host this big show with no experience. The stage was always the place that I felt at my best, but that was the first time that I was on a stage, and I was not singing. So I was out on there to announce a young artist I have never heard of before, and when I was standing in the middle of the spotlight I suddenly realized that I don’t remember his name! Thousands of people in the audience in front of me and millions watching on TV, and I am standing here with not the slightest idea what his name is! But thank God, my Guardian Angel must have watched this show as well, and he sent me help. All of a sudden a little girl from the audience runs to the stage and gives me a flower! She saved me — I said “Great, thanks! Maybe if I come out again, I get one more flower!” — Saying this, I turned around and started heading backstage. I could hear people backstage in panic and whispering (loudly) the name that I had forgotten. After I finally heard it, I turned back, pretending it was meant to be this way, I went to the middle and announced the poor guy finally. That was a great lesson that stage is not only fun but also responsible.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
I just got done with my first American tour, and this was very exciting, cause for the first time in my life I was performing in front of an American audience! It was great to see how people who have not known my name and have never heard of me, loved and enjoyed my music! It’s like you are converting people into your own religion in a way… I’m now planning to release a new single, but only as soon as I find a right partner for the music video I am going to shoot for it. To choose a girl for the video I have in mind is not so easy, as I want to make something even more fabulous and crazier than my “She’s Crazy But She’s Mine” which went viral all over the world.
The script I have in mind is a lot of fun, but it demands lots of acting as well, so I need a girl who is beautiful, funny and can work.
Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?
Yeah, recently I met Rita Ora at the AMA 2018 Press day, she obviously felt something special for me from the first second, so I decided to give her a chance! She was already leaving with her personal assistant, but without my phone number, so I ran to her car, her driver almost ran me over, but there was nothing that could stop me on my way and us from being together! So I gave her my number, she gave me a fantastic smile, her eyes were full of love, and she promised to call me. It’s been already over a month, I’m sure that she’s just lost my number and is desperately trying to find me through our mutual friends, which we don’t have.
So if you see her, please give her my Instagram @mr.alexsparrow I’m checking my DMs every night!
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
I’m sure that being an artist, singer, actor, performer it’s not about just being in front of people sharing your talent. It’s mostly about willing to say something that is really important for you. Have a goal and a message to share with the audience so you could be an example for the others.
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. 🙂
I was a kid of a poor family who had more children than money, there is no exaggeration, sometimes we did not have anything to eat for dinner, but my parents gave us something much more important than food, they gave us love. In our modern world, love is disappearing faster than the Arctic ice.
If I could ask all the people in the world to share love and kindness at least with one person, to just do something for someone else, for one day to live their lives for someone who needs their help, tomorrow we would wake up in a totally different world.
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. “Don’t try to fit yourself into others vision.”
I’ve been writing music since I was 16. I was trying to fit into radio formats, was listening to the producer from the industry, to lots of professional opinions, and lots of other people who were trying to change my vision. Only when I was 26, I decided that I was going to write music that I would want to listen to myself. That’s how I wrote my first smash hit song and shot a music video that went viral all over the world.
2. I wish that somebody would tell me when I first came to the US that when someone is asking “How are you?” that’s just a greeting, and does not mean that one really wants to hear the entire story of how you are doing!
When a guy in Starbucks was asking me “How are you doing” while taking my order, I was honestly giving him the story of my life, I had been totally amazed that someone is so kind to be interested in how I was waking up today:))
3. “ The more you’ll get famous, more you get lonely.”
I was working hard and was spending hours, days, months and years of my life getting better in everything I do and learning everything I know now, to get where I am, and to become who I am. I was giving all my time to create, but I did not have time to make friends.
4. “ More famous you get more difficult is to find a girlfriend “
But even if someone would tell me that back then, I would never believe it. I was sure it’s exactly the opposite!
5. “That to lose it not the end of the world and sometimes you can gain more when you lose then when you win.”
I won a lot of contests in my life, and I was sure that there is only one place — the first, the rest just doesn’t exist.
Till I realized that when you are winning, you are getting the prize and get celebrated, but when you lose you start to work 100 times harder, and you are getting much better, and achieve much more as a result, and your mistakes are becoming a priceless experience.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
I got a tattoo on my wrist which says “Glory in the hands of the Labor”, — the words of Leonardo Da Vinci. I am sure — everything is in the hands of labor and you only get somewhere if you worked hard for it.
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?
Yes. I have an extraordinary person in my life who becomes a second mother for me. Her name is Katerina von Gechmen-Waldek, and she’s an Austrian Baroness. She was a judge on X-factor show, and I was a contestant in her team, and we’re working together since. I was a kid back then, and she basically has brought me up and gave me great professional guidance and if someone in this world knows everything about me, that’s her.
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?
Oh, there are so many great personalities, — directors, musicians, sportsmen, actors, and singers, but I guess that person would be Leonardo DiCaprio. He is one of the few who is inspiring others by the characters he’s creating and this wish probably still comes from my childhood when as a little kid I saw Romeo and Juliet for the first time…