Today we’d like to introduce you to Lesa Wilson.
Lesa, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I started my career when I was in high school. At that time, there was a partnership between all the local high schools and a trade school that allowed us to dive into a trade before we graduated. I chose Radio and Television broadcasting. This led to a job as a radio DJ and then another job in television with our local Comcast affiliate. After graduation, I traveled for five years working as a model.
During this time, I auditioned for the 3rd season of American Idol. I was pleased to continue making the cut all the way down to the final 32 contestants left standing. After Idol, I worked with a few producers recording songs and doing a few shows. I’ve always been ambitious, so even with music being a big focus, I was still pursuing other avenues for growth and success. It wasn’t long until I won the title of Miss GA USA 2006. I spent a year as the titleholder and represented the state of GA in the 2006 Miss USA pageant where I placed 2nd runner-up.
The back to back success opened doors for me everywhere I turned. I was invited to meet the heads of major record labels, landed my first big agent in Atlanta and started working as a commercial actress and model almost immediately after all the excitement started to settle.
After signing with my agent in Atlanta, I started working a lot. I appeared in ads for major brands like Ford, Home Depot, Belk, Macy’s, Southwest Airlines, Rooms to Go, Delta Airlines, Minute Maid, Cox Communications, Kraft Foods, Smirnoff, Homewood Suites, Venus Swimwear, Direct TV and the list goes on. From there, I started working as a TV & film actress. Recently my success in that area has exploded. I played a superhero on DC Universe’s Doom Patrol, I was an alien on Spielberg’s Amazing Stories and am currently recurring on another DC Universe show, Stargirl. This is my favorite season in my career so far. Acting is the thing that lights me up.
I believe my success has come from a relentless work ethic and desire to succeed mixed with a great support team with my agents, friends, and family. Without them, this road would have been much more difficult.
Please tell us more about what you do, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am an actress, on-camera personality and a blogger. I’m best known for some of the tv shows I’ve appeared on like Doom Patrol, commercials galore and print ads for major companies across the US. I’m also known for the motivational and inspiring content I create for my blog at www.hellolesa.com.
I’m most proud that my platform is used to encourage people to pursue what they love and desire out of life. My goal is to be the voice of motivation and support for those individuals.
I think the thing that sets me apart is my heart. I have a deep love for my audience and want to share my experiences as honestly as possible. I always work hard to put a positive spin on even the ickiest of experiences with the intention of highlighting the lessons in failures as well as in the successes.
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
Put yourself out there! Go to networking events. Be open. Listen, engage and support other artists. You get what you give.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Watch DC Universe! Stargirl launches early in 2020 and I’m playing a character named Bobbie Burman. She’s a complex character, a Stepford wife that’s hiding a world of hurt behind her smile. You can also go back to season 1 of Doom Patrol and catch me as Rhea Jones midway through the season.
Follow me on Instagram! @hellolesa
I post a lot of the exciting parts of my life on stories and curate a feed that’s focused on spreading fun, positivity, and inspiration.
My blog is www.hellolesa.com. You can subscribe to the newsletter for quarterly updates.
You can see more of my work at www.lesawilson.com as well.
- Website: www.hellolesa.com
- Instagram: hellolesa
- Facebook: hellolesamarie
- Twitter: hellolesa
- Other: www.imdb.me/lesawilson
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