Interview with James Lea (@jameslea_official)

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I chose acting in every aspect but especially film and television; as an actor, you can change someone’s mood with a single scene or line. I remember being a little tacker around the age of 8 or 9 and being so angry with life, whether school or sports. I would often come home, and me being the moody little boy I was, I would plant myself on the couch in front of the television. My favorite Genre is Comedy! I would be hooked with one joke as if all the stress had been lifted off my shoulders. That’s why I chose acting. I wanted to be that calming release for others, to help them forget about everything for a moment and exist.
Can you share the most exciting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
This is a tricky question to answer as I have unique stories; still, if I could pinpoint the most entertaining stories, it would be my stories of Makeup crews and how they have assisted me in portraying the characters you see today. One story I have dates back to my high school year when I played Firs in the play “The Cherry Orchard” now I don’t know how well versed you all are with this play, but Firs is an 80+-year-old Butler and me, I was an 18-year-old final year, so it’s safe to say I was before my time. I had the part, and I had to play it. We applied baby powder and hair spray to whiten my hair, which was cool until the final night when we used too much as I struck my cane to the floor. It was like someone had hit two blackboards erases together vigorously. The Theatre was covered in white baby powder… it’s safe to say I also played another role that night. The janitor as I had to clean the Theatre.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
This one may sound like a no-brainer, but Lines always remember your lines. Everyone gets so caught up in playing the characters right away, but people in the industry know that you can build a character from there if you learn your ropes first, even in your voice. Your lines guide you as the character. You are not there to show the cables. Lastly, don’t get too caught up in your way, everyone has an opinion on how they want their character Portrayed, and they usually think their way is the only way; I can promise you it isn’t; I’ve been in many productions where my character has changed to be 3 different people with only 3 lines, directors have their ideas, and your job is to accommodate not the other way round. In other words, be kind to yourself and embrace your character because neither are leaving anytime soon.
None of us can 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?
Who would I like to thank for a lot of my achievements? My mother… I know this sounds a little odd, and I have had some great mentors in my time, such as Scott Russel Hill and Elizabeth Maywald, to name but a few. But my mother is a different breed. She was the one who believed in me and my dream even before I believed in myself. She made the calls snd the emails to production companies to help me get on shows snd in movies. She was the woman who funded my interstate and sometimes International Jobs when I couldn’t be employed anywhere else. My mother has been my rock and my first beginning. Don’t get me wrong, in younger years, we had our moments and our disputes on the right way to do things, but somehow mum was always right. She helped me, and I hope I can help her back one day too. I want to show her that it was never a waste and that everything was worth it.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
Well, that depends on how you define goodness; to me, honor is giving back. If this is the case, my activities may come as a shock. When I was about 16 and starting to make money and realized how crazy life could be, I began thinking, what can I do for others. I was in Melbourne at the time. I had just finished shooting for the day, and I was up in my hotel room; the coldness in the air began to sink in, and I got an idea in my head. I rushed down to the elevator, taking it to the ground floor. I went to the first ATM I could find and took 20 $10 notes and 3 $50. I then walked the streets and alleyways of Melbourne, looking for those who were sleeping rough. I left them a $10 note in their hats; for those awake, I brokered them a deal. I asked them to tell me their story. As they told me the story of their lives, I sat and listened, until so moved I presented them with $10 and Then went to get them a bite to eat with the $50 notes. Some of my best memories were of those nights. Everyone you meet in this world, homeless or wealthy, famous or not they are just people and have stories to tell; I loved to hear about their lives, snd now every time I go on a job with the acting, I make a point of making one night out of my trip where I go and do that all over again. That’s my goodness, that’s my giving back… that’s what makes me human.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
These are all great questions, as this one has a personal value to me. Growing up, I used to listen to a lot of motivational speech Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator, Rocky Balboa in literally any Rocky movie ever, or beautiful quotes from films like Good Will Hunting and The Poet Society, that is why one of my favorites is that of The Dead Poet Society which is “You must trust that your beliefs are unique, your own even though others may think them odd or unpopular.” I love this quote because I love any of these quotes. After all, they have one thing in common. They were delivered by people who no one believed in; as someone in the industry growing up, we are told to concentrate on studies and a real job, and like Robin Williams once said, “yes, these are noble pursuits, and necessary to sustain life,” but that is not us, in my life I’ve had people in my corner who believed in me. Still, I have had many people who haven’t. Les Brown once said, “When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up.” And I mean that. I never wanted an ordinary life; I felt I deserved better than that, so I live an extraordinary one.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
I have a couple of platforms that could follow me on Instagram: JamesLea_Official or otherwise if they would like to track my progress, check me out on IMDb or Star Now both are James Lea. Just type my name in Google, and you are there!
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
All I would like to say is never lose sight of your hopes and dreams beginning and end with you. You can be extraordinary! Live the life you want to live and not what others think you deserve.