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Moments With Mercy - Interview with Quinn Alexis!

Hey y'all, back to share another interview.  First of all I want to say a big thank you to Dave Christiano for setting this up for me!
And now for the interview.

Interviewer : Tell us a little bit about yourself?   
Quinn : First and foremost, I am a follower of Jesus, and I'm so thankful to be a child of
God! Second, I love acting (shocker, haha), both film and theatre, and I've debated over which one (theatre or film) I like pretty much just depends on the day. I am truly blessed to have precious, fun family and friends who love me well. In addition to being an actor, God has blessed me with opportunities to teach acting and musical theatre, and I love being a teacher! I have learned so much. I am also a student at the lovely Lipscomb University, where I am currently majoring in Communication. Other random facts include...I am approximately 99% gluten-free and dairy-free, and I enjoy experimenting with fun, healthy recipes. I also really enjoy tap dancing. And movie scores. And local or foreign farmer's markets. And fall. And puppies. And the countryside. But also New York City. And Zumba...Some of my favorite movies are Pride and Prejudice and Father of The Bride, and one of my favorite plays (either to watch or be in) is Peter and the Starcatcher.

Interviewer : Can you share your salvation testimony with us?
Quinn : While I remember tearfully kneeling by my bed one night, wanting to accept Jesus into my heart, when I was about 5, I couldn't tell you the specific date or time. However, over the years, I have continued to grow in my relationship with and knowledge of Jesus, and am learning more about how to serve Him and center my life around Him and His mission so often. It really is a journey and an adventure living for Jesus, and, even though I fail all the time, He faithfully helps me get back up again and start to see the world more through His lens of grace and wonder and less through my selfish lens. #Godglasses is something a friend from church and I made up to illustrate this phenomenon, and it stuck. 🙂

Interviewer : When did you start developing an interest in acting?   
Quinn : I've been in church plays since I could speak (I was definitely the kid moving the other kids to their spot and nudging them to stop waving at their parents...home videos are proof), but it wasn't until I was 9 or so that acting became more of a joyful passion and less of simply a hobby. I was in a new church play and learned how much I love the whole "backstage" or "on-set" experience, working with fellow actors and enjoying a new theatre family. Not long after, we moved from Michigan (where I lived until I was 9) to Tennessee, and from there God really nurtured the acting bug in my heart and started faithfully opening up doors for me to pursue my new passion. I don't know if I ever thought, back then, that I'd be blessed several years later with an opportunity to be a lead in a theatrically-released film, but the more I took acting classes and developed relationships with people in the industry, the more I grew as an actor and the more God grew and stretched me. All glory to Him!

Interviewer : What was it like being one of the lead actresses in Remember The Goal And what was one of your favorite parts?   
Quinn : Oh my goodness, FUN! Being on set was absolutely one of my favorite parts, because the cast and crew became such a special family and we all bonded, despite shooting the majority of the film's scene outside, where it was like 100 degrees! I loved playing Anna because I feel that she is a very real character. Playing a lead is an amazing opportunity and privilege, but it comes with great responsibility. I remember that, during a week or two-long break in shooting the film, I was on vacation, sitting in the airport working on memorizing lines for shooting when I got back. It's super fun because you have such a cool opportunity, but also hard work because you have to put in the time to get to know your character and memorize your lines and act professionally/responsibly on set. I think I can learn from her and the situation she goes through in the film, too, because we all have a friend (or, we are the friend) who has taken a step towards a slippery slope, but we may not know how to confront them in truth and love.

Interviewer : What is something most people don't know about you?   
Quinn : One of my favorite tap dance moves is a Maxie Ford with a pullback. 🙂

Interviewer : Share a funny story from your career as an actress.  
 Quinn : One day while filming Remember the Goal, one of my castmates really had to use the bathroom, but we were about to shoot and she didn't have time. So, instead of relieving herself, we made up a rap about the troubles of needing to use the restroom, including all of the lead characters having an individual part. It was gold. And the crew guys (like our fabulous big brothers on set) just rollllled their eyes because they were already so used to our weirdness.    Sorry, one more from RTG. It was the end (last scene) of a long day of shooting in one location, and we (the crew and I) were starting to lose steam. When I would start to get tired on set, I would do lip trills (#theatrekid) to wake me up. Well, the crew thought I sounded like a bird and joined in, starting to make other animal noises. Then another crew guy walked into the room, clucking like a chicken and doing the whole pop-your-head-back-and-forth-like-a-chicken deal, and then another, older crew guy was just like, "What is going on?" It was pretty great. 🙂

Interviewer : What do you like to do in your spare time on set?   
Quinn : One of my favorite memories from having down time on the RTG set was praying with my castmates. There were several times where my fellow runners/coach and I would join hands and form a prayer circle, and that was such a beautiful bonding experience. Besides that, I would say staying off of electronics is something I prefer but don't always stick to, so playing cards or a board game with an available cast/crew member, reading a book, working on memorizing, or doing homework would be the most likely options.

Interviewer : What advice would you give a young person wanting to get into acting?
Quinn : Research classes in the area, reach out to friends and see if they have any recommendations! Train and hone your God-given skills. Acting is simple, yet incredibly hard work. You have to love it 🙂 Always remember why you do what you do, and if you have a good enough reason, then keep on persevering and trust God through the entire process. (Preaching to myself here!)

Interviewer : Do you have any upcoming projects that you're working on and can share with us?
Quinn : While I don't have any upcoming projects (as of this moment) that I am working on, I am working with a children's theatre company in the Nashville-area, which has been an absolute blast! Besides that, just continuing to audition as the Lord opens up doors for me to walk through :) He is faithful!

Quinn, thank you so much for doing this! It was a pleasure and I enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about you.  Readers, I hope you enjoyed.  Make sure to check out some of Quinn's work and go like her page on Facebook to keep up.