Actor returns to LSHS to inspire young talent

Actor returns to LSHS to inspire young talent

A former Lexington Senior High School graduate and current nationally-known actor, Andre “Sir” Brodie, returned to his alma mater on Tuesday to share with students the steps it takes to become a successful actor.

Brodie said that he has been fortunate to have been involved in several well-known television shows, movies and commercials, and wanted to come back to the high school to share his experience and to encourage students about how to pursue acting as a career.

“I was thinking about how I can give back to the kids in the community where I come from,” Brodie said. “I’m not rich, but I do have this knowledge about how to go about pursuing a career in acting... I want them to know there is opportunity out there they can pursue. There are probably kids in this school with talent, but they just don’t know what to do with their energy.”

Brodie’s film/television credits include “Snowfall” on FX; “Atlanta” on FX; “Survivor’s Remorse” on STARZ; “Blue Bloods” on CBS; “NCIS Los Angeles” on CBS; “Gotham” on FOX and a host of other film and television shows. He will be seen beginning Jan. 12 on the HBO series “The Outsider” by Steven King as Officer Don Harrier.

During the hour-long seminar at the school on Tuesday, Brodie showed the students clips from his performances, as well as, described the steps he took to get hired for different projects. He also had the students participate in several warm-up exercises to teach them how to interact with others.

“I wanted to give them a little taste of an acting workshop, maybe do a few improv exercises to show them that acting is interacting, you have to be focused and paying attention to the people you are in the scene with,” he said.

Brodie graduated from Lexington Senior High School in 1985, where he lettered in football, basketball, track and baseball. He said it was a high school play that opened his eyes to the possibility of being both an actor and an athlete, although he didn’t pursue it at the time.

“One of the things I remember from high school was sitting in the auditorium and they were doing a play called ‘Annie Get Your Gun,’” Brodie said. “One of the guys I played sports with was the lead. It was my first time seeing one of my teammates who were all big and strong, but they were on the stage singing and dancing. It was amazing to me.”

After high school, Brodie received an athletic scholarship to play football at Guilford College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Brodie said his plan was to become a professional football player, but after graduating from college he was not drafted in the NFL and started working a full-time job as a salesman.

After a few years of working in the business world, he moved to Atlanta looking for a new start. Brodie said he was dissatisfied with his profession and a television ad while he was living in Atlanta introduced him into acting.

“I was getting dressed for work when an ad for a casting call came on the television,” Brodie said. “They were looking for coaches and football players and I thought I could do that without much training. So I went and met the casting director. Come to find out the casting director was someone I had played sports with in college. It was easy for me to get the opportunity because once he knew I was interested, he helped point me in the right direction.”

Brodie said he started off with small, non-speaking parts, but he knew he had found his new profession. During his three seasons on the USA Network show, “Necessary Roughness,” he started asking other actors what he needed to do to get more and better parts.

“I did that for three seasons and while I was there I fell in love with acting,” Brodie said. “I wanted to do more; I wanted to be able to say a word on camera. I enjoyed everything about it and I was absorbing all these things.”

Brodie said he began auditioning for any role he could get and he began training with Premier Actors Network with Dwayne Boyd. For three years he honed his skills and was eventually signed to a talent agency out of Wilmington.

He landed several roles in community plays as well as indie films. Since then, he has had several parts in nationally broadcast television shows, commercials and films. He lives in Los Angeles.

Brodie said the point of the seminar at Lexington Senior High School was to let the students know what it takes to become a working actor and how they can begin a career.

“No one ever sits down and tells you how to become an actor. If it is on their mind about how to become an actor, I am here to answer their questions,” Brodie said. “Everyone is going to take a different path, but here is the process, the framework. They don’t have to wait, they can do it now.”

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Lexington City Schools hosted both a Student and a Staff Logo Contest. Students and staff across the district had the opportunity to showcase their creativity as they created a logo that focused on our new district theme "RISE: Rigorous Innovative Schools for Everyone". The logo had to incorporate the current Lexington L and/or Yellow Jacket symbol(s) and support our RISE theme.

  

From the student entries, a district team selected three finalists from each division: elementary, middle and high school. Of those three finalists, the members of the Board of Education chose one logo as the overall winner.

 

Each of the three student finalists received a brand new Chromebook.  The student who created the overall winning logo also received $300.

 

Elementary Finalist: Gabrielle Robinson, 3rd grade, SWE

Middle Finalist: Koen Hill, 6th grade, LMS

High Finalist: Abiel Romero, 11th grade, LSHS

 

Overall Winner:  Gabrielle Robinson, 3rd grade student at Southwest Elementary School


In addition to the student winners, there were TWO winners from the Staff Logo Contest. Each staff member received $300. The staff members are:

 

Mrs. Ella Frazier, a 4th & 5th grade teacher from Pickett Elementary School

Mrs. Jessie DeLapp, a 2nd grade teacher from Southwest Elementary School


Lexington City Schools thanks everyone who participated!

STUDENT & STAFF LOGO CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED

 

Lexington City Schools hosted both a Student and a Staff Logo Contest. Students and staff across the district had the opportunity to showcase their creativity as they created a logo that focused on our new district theme "RISE: Rigorous Innovative Schools for Everyone". The logo had to incorporate the current Lexington L and/or Yellow Jacket symbol(s) and support our RISE theme.

  

From the student entries, a district team selected three finalists from each division: elementary, middle and high school. Of those three finalists, the members of the Board of Education chose one logo as the overall winner.

 

Each of the three student finalists received a brand new Chromebook.  The student who created the overall winning logo also received $300.

 

Elementary Finalist: Gabrielle Robinson, 3rd grade, SWE

Middle Finalist: Koen Hill, 6th grade, LMS

High Finalist: Abiel Romero, 11th grade, LSHS

 

Overall Winner:  Gabrielle Robinson, 3rd grade student at Southwest Elementary School


In addition to the student winners, there were TWO winners from the Staff Logo Contest. Each staff member received $300. The staff members are:

 

Mrs. Ella Frazier, a 4th & 5th grade teacher from Pickett Elementary School

Mrs. Jessie DeLapp, a 2nd grade teacher from Southwest Elementary School


Lexington City Schools thanks everyone who participated!

STUDENT & STAFF LOGO CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED

 

Lexington City Schools hosted both a Student and a Staff Logo Contest. Students and staff across the district had the opportunity to showcase their creativity as they created a logo that focused on our new district theme "RISE: Rigorous Innovative Schools for Everyone". The logo had to incorporate the current Lexington L and/or Yellow Jacket symbol(s) and support our RISE theme.

  

From the student entries, a district team selected three finalists from each division: elementary, middle and high school. Of those three finalists, the members of the Board of Education chose one logo as the overall winner.

 

Each of the three student finalists received a brand new Chromebook.  The student who created the overall winning logo also received $300.

 

Elementary Finalist: Gabrielle Robinson, 3rd grade, SWE

Middle Finalist: Koen Hill, 6th grade, LMS

High Finalist: Abiel Romero, 11th grade, LSHS

 

Overall Winner:  Gabrielle Robinson, 3rd grade student at Southwest Elementary School


In addition to the student winners, there were TWO winners from the Staff Logo Contest. Each staff member received $300. The staff members are:

 

Mrs. Ella Frazier, a 4th & 5th grade teacher from Pickett Elementary School

Mrs. Jessie DeLapp, a 2nd grade teacher from Southwest Elementary School


Lexington City Schools thanks everyone who participated!

STUDENT & STAFF LOGO CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED

 

Lexington City Schools hosted both a Student and a Staff Logo Contest. Students and staff across the district had the opportunity to showcase their creativity as they created a logo that focused on our new district theme "RISE: Rigorous Innovative Schools for Everyone". The logo had to incorporate the current Lexington L and/or Yellow Jacket symbol(s) and support our RISE theme.

  

From the student entries, a district team selected three finalists from each division: elementary, middle and high school. Of those three finalists, the members of the Board of Education chose one logo as the overall winner.

 

Each of the three student finalists received a brand new Chromebook.  The student who created the overall winning logo also received $300.

 

Elementary Finalist: Gabrielle Robinson, 3rd grade, SWE

Middle Finalist: Koen Hill, 6th grade, LMS

High Finalist: Abiel Romero, 11th grade, LSHS

 

Overall Winner:  Gabrielle Robinson, 3rd grade student at Southwest Elementary School


In addition to the student winners, there were TWO winners from the Staff Logo Contest. Each staff member received $300. The staff members are:

 

Mrs. Ella Frazier, a 4th & 5th grade teacher from Pickett Elementary School

Mrs. Jessie DeLapp, a 2nd grade teacher from Southwest Elementary School


Lexington City Schools thanks everyone who participated!

STUDENT & STAFF LOGO CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED

 

Lexington City Schools hosted both a Student and a Staff Logo Contest. Students and staff across the district had the opportunity to showcase their creativity as they created a logo that focused on our new district theme "RISE: Rigorous Innovative Schools for Everyone". The logo had to incorporate the current Lexington L and/or Yellow Jacket symbol(s) and support our RISE theme.

  

From the student entries, a district team selected three finalists from each division: elementary, middle and high school. Of those three finalists, the members of the Board of Education chose one logo as the overall winner.

 

Each of the three student finalists received a brand new Chromebook.  The student who created the overall winning logo also received $300.

 

Elementary Finalist: Gabrielle Robinson, 3rd grade, SWE

Middle Finalist: Koen Hill, 6th grade, LMS

High Finalist: Abiel Romero, 11th grade, LSHS

 

Overall Winner:  Gabrielle Robinson, 3rd grade student at Southwest Elementary School


In addition to the student winners, there were TWO winners from the Staff Logo Contest. Each staff member received $300. The staff members are:

 

Mrs. Ella Frazier, a 4th & 5th grade teacher from Pickett Elementary School

Mrs. Jessie DeLapp, a 2nd grade teacher from Southwest Elementary School


Lexington City Schools thanks everyone who participated!

STUDENT & STAFF LOGO CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED

 

Lexington City Schools hosted both a Student and a Staff Logo Contest. Students and staff across the district had the opportunity to showcase their creativity as they created a logo that focused on our new district theme "RISE: Rigorous Innovative Schools for Everyone". The logo had to incorporate the current Lexington L and/or Yellow Jacket symbol(s) and support our RISE theme.

  

From the student entries, a district team selected three finalists from each division: elementary, middle and high school. Of those three finalists, the members of the Board of Education chose one logo as the overall winner.

 

Each of the three student finalists received a brand new Chromebook.  The student who created the overall winning logo also received $300.

 

Elementary Finalist: Gabrielle Robinson, 3rd grade, SWE

Middle Finalist: Koen Hill, 6th grade, LMS

High Finalist: Abiel Romero, 11th grade, LSHS

 

Overall Winner:  Gabrielle Robinson, 3rd grade student at Southwest Elementary School


In addition to the student winners, there were TWO winners from the Staff Logo Contest. Each staff member received $300. The staff members are:

 

Mrs. Ella Frazier, a 4th & 5th grade teacher from Pickett Elementary School

Mrs. Jessie DeLapp, a 2nd grade teacher from Southwest Elementary School


Lexington City Schools thanks everyone who participated!

STUDENT & STAFF LOGO CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED

 

Lexington City Schools hosted both a Student and a Staff Logo Contest. Students and staff across the district had the opportunity to showcase their creativity as they created a logo that focused on our new district theme "RISE: Rigorous Innovative Schools for Everyone". The logo had to incorporate the current Lexington L and/or Yellow Jacket symbol(s) and support our RISE theme.

  

From the student entries, a district team selected three finalists from each division: elementary, middle and high school. Of those three finalists, the members of the Board of Education chose one logo as the overall winner.

 

Each of the three student finalists received a brand new Chromebook.  The student who created the overall winning logo also received $300.

 

Elementary Finalist: Gabrielle Robinson, 3rd grade, SWE

Middle Finalist: Koen Hill, 6th grade, LMS

High Finalist: Abiel Romero, 11th grade, LSHS

 

Overall Winner:  Gabrielle Robinson, 3rd grade student at Southwest Elementary School


In addition to the student winners, there were TWO winners from the Staff Logo Contest. Each staff member received $300. The staff members are:

 

Mrs. Ella Frazier, a 4th & 5th grade teacher from Pickett Elementary School

Mrs. Jessie DeLapp, a 2nd grade teacher from Southwest Elementary School


Lexington City Schools thanks everyone who participated!