Today we’d like to introduce you to Lucien Christian Adderley.
Lucien Christian, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’m an actor, screenwriter, poet, and producer. I was born and raised in the Carol City area of Miami, Florida.
In Miami, you’re lucky if you have sports as a safe haven or academia to keep you off the streets; I had the performing arts. That’s the only thing that captured my attention enough to keep me from going down the wrong path. It allowed me to be a part of a world that gave me something to study, it gave me a dream to follow. I developed my talents in Miami Dade Magnet school programs, including Norland Middle and Dr. Michael M. Krop Sr High. From there, I auditioned and was accepted into the Florida State University BFA Acting Program. While at FSU, I also joined forces with five other poets to form the Spoken Word Performing Arts group known as Team A.D.H.D. As a team, we traveled to college campuses and venues throughout the U.S. performing our unique brand of entertainment that incorporates poetry, music, and comedy.
After undergrad, I went on to further my love of storytelling and got my MFA at Full Sail University with a focus on Screenwriting. From there I got involved in writing sketch comedy, web series, and short films, which helped build my experience to the level of television and feature films.
In 2018, after years of unwavering dedication to my craft, my prayers were answered when I was staffed as a writer on Academy Award winner Tarell McCraney’s new OWN Network series titled David Makes Man. Very quickly I realized how special it was that my first television job is based on a story that takes place in South Florida. As if that wasn’t already a huge blessing, the project is Executive Produced by Oprah Winfrey and Michael B. Jordan. Now, looking back on my journey, I understand that things come full circle and I got here because I was always supposed to be here.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There has been NOTHING smooth about it. Entertainment is already a risky career choice because of the industry being overly saturated with people rightfully seeking to fulfill their dreams. I endured many nights without sleep, a lot of trying to make magic out of little to no budget, a lot of tiring myself out doing other things besides my art just to keep food on the table and survive, and more praying than you can imagine. I’ve gotten plenty of no’s along the way and I’ve even gotten yes’s that turned out to go nowhere at all. Some people in some places still haven’t responded to me even today. But you live and you learn. You grow more from the struggles than from the successes. Those struggles helped build my resume into what it is today and what was meant for me came when it was supposed to.
Please tell us about your work.
I’m a bit of renaissance man but I’d say I’m currently more known for my television writing and my writing/performing as a Spoken Word artist. I specialize in storytelling, bringing poetic words to life in different mediums and through different genres.
My perspective in writing is a melting pot of unique experiences, unfulfilled dreams, unanswered questions, and unapologetic pride. I’m a young, educated, black man that’s currently fighting to save more than just myself. My life has taught me just how important our representation in television, film, and theatre are. It’s important that I write for these mediums and address the concerns and fears of voices that are often underrepresented today. It’s crucial that I create the next character or story that inspires another minority child with the odds against them to beat the statistics.
What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
So far, my proudest moment on the list has been seeing my name attached to scripts alongside my best friend, Richard “Byrd” Wilson, and my mentor, Tarell McCraney, who both also happen to be from South Florida. Knowing my family can rest easier knowing their sacrifices and beliefs in me weren’t in vain when my name is put on television for the world to see. I’m also proud of being selected as a Rising Creator Awardee by Blavity & Shadow and Act at the 1st Annual Shadow And Act Rising Awards, an event honoring the next generation of exceptional talent in Hollywood. Oprah giving me a hug and telling me how much she loves our writing is surely on the list as well.
- Website: 89writers.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lucienchristian
- Other: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5396619/
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