We had the good fortune of connecting with Frederick Alphonso and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Frederick, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk to me are small goals that can easily be accomplished once you put your mind to it. As a Multi Hyphenated Creative artist. My entire career is all about taking risk! Every decision is a risk.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a multi hyphenated creative artist this path has not been an easy one but yet one that is rewarding. Truly hard work and determination has kept me grounded on the goal ahead which has always been success.
14 years ago I resigned from my entry level administration corporate position and traded in my office memos for creativity. I found myself depressed and unhappy with my day to day life and that’s because the creativity was missing from my life. I resigned over the Easter holiday and never looked back!
I set my dreams on BROADWAY! Am I there yet no! However, I know I’m on the right path headed there.
Growing up in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota. I took to arts as an outlet and a way to connect with new people in a new school. I found the drama club in sixth grade. Mrs. Laura Bull took me under her wing and showed me everything theater. I was truly bitten by the theater bug right there. Learning everything from acting to backstage and production work. It truly takes a lot to put a theatrical show together. Once I reached the high school level I was equipped with the tools to audition for the fall musical as a freshman which landed me in the ensemble for the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic “The Sound of Music” most freshmen worked crew and were not allowed to actually
be in the cast. However my story was being written differently.
Eager to continue on with performing I knew I would need to hone this craft, polish this talent. I enrolled in dance classes at the award winning Larkin Dance Studio in Maplewood, Minnesota. Where The Larkin Family (Michelle, Molly, Geno and the Late Shirley Larkin) would mold me into the dancer & performer I am today. It’s the lessons and talks that I still hold dear to my heart of what it takes to be a performer. The blood, the sweat, the dedication and most of all the heart! After high school I set my eyes on Broadway even more…… however I wanted to gain more knowledge. I was accepted to Columbia College Chicago and the journey as a professional artist had begun.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Phoenix has so much to offer! And I love the growth of this city.
Me being a theater person the first place We’re hanging out at is the Iconic Black Theater Troupe then going for a round of drinks at Bliss Re-Bar some great breakfast East’s at SNOOZE AM eatery or Over Easy!
I’d love to take my friends on a hiking trip in the Superstition Mountains and end the weekend at Sunday worship at The Sanctuary Phoenix. Followed by some great live music at Chars
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?
I have a very dope support system, that not long hold me up but also hold me accountable. The Collective, The Favs, the Phoenix Favs and last but not least my family.
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