Lindsey Blackwell Juggling being an excellent student with a full-fledged acting career looks easy. “I balance my life by allowing myself to take breaks and have personal time. Since I’m still actively in high school, actively auditioning and working, things can really pile up! When I’m overwhelmed or just feel like I need a break, I take a moment to myself and unplug. I reward myself when I reach a goal in my career or my education because it is important to celebrate myself,” she says. She already has a solid idea of the type of role that speaks to her as an actress. “I would really love to do a biopic. Being able to show and embody someone who has walked this earth is, in my opinion, the biggest challenge to take on, but I think it gives the biggest reward. I love coming of age stories too and always want them to be relatable! There is usually a good lesson to be learned with a layered character. I really appreciate a great character arc where there is growth and positive change. Also, any role that brings representation to the screen with a diverse cast speaks to me as well. I am truly proud of the roles I have been able to portray as all of them have allowed me to connect with meaningful characters and stories that I can be proud of. 13: The Musical not different Not only did my character, Kendra, fit like a glove, I was also able to showcase my acting, singing and dancing abilities, which was great.”
Netflix’s highly anticipated film adaptation, 13: The Musical, follows both Evan and Kendra as they try to discover who they are. “After his parents divorce, Evan Goldman has to move from NYC to a small town in Indiana. He must deal with a new environment, a new school, and new friends while trying to make the Bar Mitzvah the best party ever. Kendra is a kind and popular cheerleader. She was raised by strict parents and is trying to find her own voice as the movie progresses,” explained Lindsay. Lindsay immediately felt Kendra’s kind heart. “I’m so similar to Kendra! I connected with her immediately because we’re so similar. I am a kind and generous person like Kendra.I always love my friends and whoever I want To feel seen and included around me. Kendra is aware of how she treats people and so am I!” There was one slight difference though – Lindsey is not a cheerleader. “Surprisingly I didn’t have to learn much cheerleading, but I had to get the cheerleader voice in my head! There are a few scenes in it 13: The Musical Where you can see Kendra using her leadership skills to teach the girls the order of the motions!”
When she’s not acting, Lindsay pours her time into causes that are deeply important to her. “I am a proud celebrity advocate Girls for a change, which is a non-profit organization whose mission is to prepare black girls for the world and the world for black girls. Girls for a Change works with participants to fill the gaps and give girls the support they need as they transition into womanhood. I really connect with their mission and as a black girl, I know firsthand how important it is for us to have that safe space to be educated and allowed to be our whole selves without judgment.” Enthusiasm is the foundation of limitless possibilities. “I I believe that empowering and celebrating black girls as they enter womanhood is important because it allows us to be confident in ourselves. With the right amount of empowerment and celebration, this confidence becomes unbreakable! I also believe that positive representation in art and media creates an indescribable feeling. Gives us what really makes us feel seen and uplifted, not erased or ignored,” he notes. It is very important that everyone has the opportunity to build their own support system. “My advice to other black girls in the industry is find your tribe and don’t be discouraged by the negativity. Having that tribe to lift you up and congratulate you when you achieve your goals is, in my opinion, one of the best things! My tribe includes my family, close friends, and people who have a big influence in my life. Also, in this age of social media where it’s so easy to be seen and found by the public, I say don’t let the negativity get to you and if need be, please unplug! Your feelings are more valuable than hateful comments.”
Even after that 13: The Musical, he has a few more exciting things going on! “I’m currently filming a project that I can’t reveal details about yet, but be sure to stay tuned! You can keep up with what I’m up to on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and Facebook @lindseyblackwellofficial.” She’s even working on an EP. “I’m currently working on my first EP which will consist of 3-4 covers and an original single. I’ll be out mid summer. I plan to release it eventually. Making music is a therapeutic and fun experience for me. I’m so excited for people to hear a sound that’s unique to me!” There’s nothing Lindsey can’t achieve when she puts her mind to it! 13: The Musical Releases August 12 on Netflix.
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Lindsay Blackwell made her mark in “13: The Musical.” Photo Credit: ELEY Photography.