We had the good fortune of connecting with Celine Alva and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Celine, why did you pursue a creative career?
I was extremely shy growing up and wouldn’t really speak. So my elementary school teacher pushed me to audition for theatre to get me out of my shell. I had no idea what I was doing or how that choice changed my life and who I am completely. Theatre and Film not only became my escape but my therapy. The stage and set taught me how to express myself and gain confidence. I fell in love with telling stories and the art of it all.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What I would say sets me apart from others is my ability to fall in love with the character. I believe that to really act, you can’t act at all. It’s a state of being, becoming the character and being self conscience enough to use all the techniques of acting you have learned to tie the character together. This way of acting, I believe sets me apart from a lot of other actors. I am most excited for what is yet to come in the future with upcoming projects, especially now that I am eighteen it has broaden my opportunities and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. I got to where I am today with the help of every opportunity I have been given. One of the lessons I have learned from acting is rejection is inevitable, but persistence and dedication will always open a door when you believe a window is shut.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
So many people have helped me grow into who I am today. My teachers who inspired me into pursuing theatre, Mrs.Sloshberg, Mrs.Breault, Mrs. Montoya and Ms. Marchante who never gave up on me. As well as my amazing principal Mr. Boue, who always supported everything I did and my amazing superintendent Alberto Carvalho for supporting the arts. Miami Children’s Theatre instructors Laura, Beth and Tim for giving me a chance to come out of my shell and shine on stage. Master Pabon from United academy Martial Arts for teaching me discipline and showing me how strong I can be. Isa Rodriguez for showing me how to help others and having me be the ambassador to represent The Junior Orange Bowl. I also would like to give a shoutout to every director who trusted and believed in me to perform in their project especially Tokyo, Jerome Larkins, Steven Brussel, Antoni Corone and Ciro Dapagio for making me their leading actress. I have learned so much from all the names I have mentioned and deserve so much credit for shaping me to who I am today. As well as my manager Diana Carter for help pushing me the extra mile. Lastly, I would like to thank my amazing support team, my friends and family who encourage me and always help me back up.
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