Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Lisa Scott. We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.
Hi Lisa, thanks for joining us today. Do you wish you had started sooner?
No I don’t wish I would have started my career sooner. I started my career in modeling at the age of 16 as a plus model in NYC. I was one of the first Junior Plus Models in the late 80’s. I went on to work as a model in all areas for the next 3 decades and travel the world. I still work as a fit model for Campbell Agency. I have worked fit, shows, informal, print, commercial, runway as a plus model. In the early part of my career I was signed to Ford Models. Ford had a Television Division that would occasionally get a call for a large size woman. Large size back then was size 12 and above. Some of us plus models from the print division would go on the TV castings. I booked several commercials during this time. I was always excited to be “on set”. I fell in love with the process of commercial and film making. I started taking acting classes and got involved with my local theater. I was in many off Broadway plays. That experience gave me invaluable training in working in front of a large live audience. I would recommend anyone who wanted to pursue a career in acting to get involved locally with their theater or a theater group. In my opinion this is the best overall training you can get in learning how to be off book quickly, blocking, lighting and stage makeup. I went on to get married and have children and my focus definitely shifted. However I was still modeling and doing extra work in New York where I lived at the time. Extra work was always available heavily in the 2000’s. There was movies and series being shot. It was like I could take a break and come back to it when I wanted in New York. I relocated to Dallas Texas 14 years ago. I love Dallas lifestyle and it has been awesome for raising my 3 boys however my career definitely slowed down. Dallas market doesn’t have the same amount of entertainment work opportunities. Something I don’t understand because the studios and space is abundant and beautiful. I have worked with some of the most talented people and in the most gorgeous spaces in Dallas. I signed with Campbell Agency and get a few jobs here and there. Moving from NYC to Dallas I still missed the camera, fashion and taking pictures so I began a blog/Instagram focusing on plus size clothing.
Blogging was really taking off a decade ago and when you model it’s hard to leave the camera, it just becomes a part of you. In the beginning Blogging was pure fun. Brands started to take notice of my Instagram page and would send me clothes or their products and I got a few nice sponsorships out of it. This was about 10 years ago. As the years went by Blogging shifted and became business. I realized that I liked sharing what I was excited about if wearing. I wasn’t obsessed with designer and Brands. I now post when I felt inspired and it’s organic. When you are a creative you always have to have a creative outlet or you don’t feel productive. Fast forward the pandemic. I was getting through it okay, nothing majorly changed for me until a year into it. I was still working regularly with a mask doing my fit jobs. Then I got sick and was in the hospital for a week. Getting sick has a way of making a person reflective and extra conscious of their time here on earth. Did I want to achieve any goals what was I passionate about? This was December 2020. Finishing my degree was something in the back of my heart. I graduated May 2021 with a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. I started taking 26/2 yoga classes a few days a week to repair my breathing the pneumonia left. I also took an acting audition class to brush up my skills and master the audition process. Learning how to audition properly is very important to booking acting work. I began self submitting myself to online castings through different casting networks and started getting callbacks which encouraged me greatly. I ran across a casting that was asking for people who did yoga. I sent in my tape of me doing some yoga poses and booked a commercial. When I walked on set chills ran up my spine. I knew acting was my calling. Being back on a busy set with all the hustle and bustle felt like my New York City days. Here I was 50 years old and had been away from the acting scene a very long time. Brushing up on my audition tools made me feel confident. I continued to submit myself and started getting even more callbacks. I could feel I was strengthening as an actress. I booked a role in a film “Ama”. It was pushed back due to Covid but I will began shooting this May and June. I booked a role playing actor TC Stallings mother in “No Vacancy”. My character name is Carrie Mae Johnson and the other star names are Dean Cain and Sean Young. We shot in Leesburg Florida and it debuts May 9, 2022 in 800+ theaters nationwide. Tickets are on pre sale now! It is a true story and faith based family film. I hope everyone goes to see this movie, it is riveting. This was a dream come true on so many levels for me. I am so thankful that my debut to the big screen is a movie that I am proud of. My faith is very important to me and it’s a honor to be associated with a faith based film. I will be in Fatal Attraction Episode #1215 playing Erica Powell, May 2, 2022. I hope you all tune in.
Not to sound preachy but please know it’s never to late to begin right where you are. I don’t have one regret with not pursing my passion for acting earlier because I wasn’t sure what my passion was. Passions evolve and change all the time. We have the right to pivot in life as we see fit. We are human, always growing and changing our minds. I think we all would be much happier in life if we not guilt ourselves for naturally changing and evolving. We have been conditioned to stick with a job for 30 years and retire there rather we like it or not. Most of us are not taught about what it feels like to find work we love or passionate about. My dream is everyone taps into their passion. It doesn’t have to be a full time career. It can be a hobby or side job. If something keeps pulling at you or it’s a dream that never died it’s worth exploring. That is the beauty of life, every day we can begin anew.
Great, appreciate you sharing that with us. Before we ask you to share more of your insights, can you take a moment to introduce yourself and how you got to where you are today to our readers
I feel where I’m at today has a lot to do with trying to maintain a healthy balance in life in general. I try to remember to pay attention to my mood and if I feel it getting funky check in spiritually. Writing and journaling has always been a part of my life. I wrote my book series “The Life of Asil” loosely based on my life. It’s available on Amazon. I’m currently working on a television script for my book. Life with 3 very busy guys, my mom, work and all the activities everyone is involved in does get hectic. I tap into my spiritual to keep the inner peace. I want everyone to know that they can look forward to a body of work that I choose with integrity. Of course I want to be very successful in my career, but the type of work I do cannot be degrading and disrespectful. It’s extremely important that I work on projects that will not only stretch me as an actor but are meaningful to me.
Are there any books, videos, essays or other resources that have significantly impacted your management and entrepreneurial thinking and philosophy?
I want to share with you all a book that I think every actor should read. Eyes Fixed by TC Stallings. This true story was inspiring and encouraging for me as a actor and believer of God’s plan on my life. I shared this book with my boys ages 24, 17, 13. My oldest son said every young male should read this book.
Can you share a story from your journey that illustrates your resilience?
I was recently booked to play Mama in the film AMA it involves learning Ebo/Pidgin language. I was really having trouble grasping the language even after hours of coaching provided by the director. I started to get defeated as we are getting very close to shoot date. I wrote my director a email and told her I didn’t think I would get any better, I’m having a hard time and think it’s best I drop out. I was very disappointed I couldn’t grasp the language like I desired but I wanted to see the film thrive as well. The film is written beautifully, it’s an actors dream role. I was very grateful for the training and experience and planned to continue learning the language for future opportunities. Mastering different languages can only open more doors for actors. I was blown away when my director Georgiana said No you will not quit and she selected me for the role because she wanted me. And she will make sure I learn the language in time. That was a kick in the butt I needed. It was like a switch went off, I went back into my Pidgin coaching with a new attitude. Even with confidence and faith you will be tested and have challenges. My director knew my passion and intention were there and she didn’t give up on me like I willing to do to myself. I am happy to say I am getting Pidgin language and excited to start filming next month.
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