From starring in plays as a child to working on independent films and originating theater roles, Lindsay Arends has always known what she wanted to do: act.
Her passion has taken her from Lake Forest, Illinois, to New York and Los Angeles, where she continues to pursue her career in acting. But in the face of the pandemic and a life-altering injury, Lindsay’s path took a detour.
Despite the obstacles, she adapted and pivoted to writing, directing, and producing her own projects, including her upcoming short film, “The Champion Tree.”
In this interview with The LA Note Magazine, Lindsay shares her thoughts on perseverance, purpose, and pivoting.
Discovering Her Passion
Lindsay’s journey to acting began when she was a little girl watching Nickelodeon. When she saw actors on television, she knew that was what she wanted to do.
She began taking acting classes at Lake Forest’s Community Children’s Theater and starred in her first play, “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown,” as Meg.
From then on, she acted in school plays and went on to study professionally in New York at HB Studio.
Standing Out in the Industry
As a highly sensitive person with a huge heart, Lindsay knows that her desire to persevere is extremely strong. She’s used to getting rejected, not just with acting, but also with romantic prospects and in social situations.
She’s constantly working towards achieving her goals, and encourages others to have that same positive mindset. One unique quality that Lindsay has is her height: she’s 5’1’’.
However, what sets her apart is her passion and perseverance to succeed in the industry. She’s worked on independent films and theater productions and continues to pursue her acting career.
Pivoting During the Pandemic
Like many in the entertainment industry, Lindsay was impacted by the pandemic. Hollywood shut down, and she had to pivot to look for work outside of show business. She became a flight attendant, but then had an accident and suffered a serious head injury.
She couldn’t move parts of her body for several months but worked with an acupuncturist and physical therapist for four months.
During her recuperation period, she had the idea for her upcoming short film, “The Champion Tree,” and started writing the script as soon as she was able to.
Pursuing Her Passion
Despite the challenges she’s faced, Lindsay is pursuing her passion for acting, writing, directing, and producing.
She has two upcoming films, “First String 2: The Greenwood 20: Quest for the Great Dante” and “The Champion Tree.” Her passion for the industry is evident, and she has big dreams for her career.
One of her biggest dreams is to work with Quentin Tarantino, her favorite film director and writer of all time.
Lindsay Arends’ journey is a testament to the power of perseverance, purpose, and pivoting. Despite the obstacles she’s faced, she’s never lost sight of her passion for acting, and has even discovered new talents along the way.
With her upcoming projects and unwavering determination, there’s no doubt that Lindsay has a bright future ahead of her.
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