Five years ago, Alexa Yeames had already signed with Talent One, memorized Shakespearean lines and acted in the made-for-TV movie “The Shunning.” With the support of her high school theater teacher, Brett Stegall, she transferred to the UNC School of the Arts drama program in Winston-Salem, spending her senior year in class and rehearsals every day until 9:45 p.m. After a brief stint at Boston University, she earned a spot on the CW show “The Originals” and moved to New York City, where she continued to audition and train anywhere she could.
Alexa went on to act in several independent films; her starring role in “Available” earned her a best actress nomination at the 2013 Austin Indie Flix Showcase. She also satisfied her passion for period pieces in the Civil War drama “Field of Lost Shoes.” “It’s never about getting the job – because if you’re doing that, you’re not working on yourself artistically,” Alexa says. “It’s a tough industry. You don’t do this because you love it; you do this because you can’t see yourself doing anything else.” Undaunted, she found an agent and studied extensively with The Shakespeare Forum.
These days, the actress’s multifaceted career is in full bloom. In September, Alexa moved to Los Angeles in search of TV pilot auditions. Maintaining contact with her New York agent and her Chapel Hill-based parents, the bicoastal actress sees plenty of travel in her future. Though theater remains her first love, she’s thinking big nowadays and is attracted to productions that take audiences out of their comfort zones. “Film and TV are still the most pervasive art forms that are available to actors,” she says. “I would love an opportunity to work on a project that can just touch so many people in a way that is also kind of permanent.”