Michael Leon – Actor + Filmmaker
Michael Leon is a quadruple threat; actor, director, writer and filmmaker. His play Eyes That Don’t See, Corazón Que No Siente personally moved me to tears and had me laughing till my cheeks hurt. I’m excited to see what life has in store for him, where his talents take him and for all of you to get to know him.
Who is Michael?
“I'm a dreamer but a realist. I'm an introvert and an extrovert. I'm loyal and loving but deeply guarded. I love company but treasure my alone time. I can be hard to read but I'm really an open book.”
How long have you been in your career?
What got you started in it?
“Growing up, every weekend I would go to the movies with my dad. Some weekends we'd even see two or three films. I loved getting lost in the story and feeling transported somewhere else. The minute we would get home, I would dress up like the characters and start recreating the story. Needless to say, that when I found out that being an actor was an actual profession I knew I had found my calling. As I got older, I was really involved in the theater and that became a big passion of mine. Not just as an actor but also as a director, writer, and a teaching artist. Yet, for some strange reason I kept my love for film separate from my theater work. Then one day I was having lunch with a friend and I was ranting about some filmmaker and they asked me, "why aren't you making your own films?" In that moment, a light bulb went off and I refocused all of my work towards developing my own film projects.”
What's the biggest lesson you've learned?
“I constantly feel like I'm not good enough or that I wish I had better education and experiences. When I was solely focusing on being an actor, I always envied people that went to great acting programs like Julliard. Now, that I'm a filmmaker, I feel like an imposter because I didn't go to film school or because I got a late start. I think the biggest lesson I've learned, and it's something that I need to constantly remind myself, is that not everyone's route is the same. Great education or training does not guarantee you will have a successful career or that you will be a brilliant artist. There are plenty of people that I admire that did not get the "proper" education. What is important is that you have something to say. And I have plenty.”
Where do you draw your inspiration?
“Everything! Films, books, TV shows, people, stories, art, family, photographs, experiences, music...the list goes on.”
What's something people might not know about you?
“I'm quite clumsy. I may give off the impression that I got my stuff together but don't be fooled.”
Where can we keep up with you and your work?