Interview with LUKE JAMES | The Alchemist of Dreams

It is easy to understand that as human beings we are mainly physically focused. As we walk through our existence, we are often caught up in our daily routines, looking at what is happening around us as the only reality that exists. What happens if we open our minds to the possibility that what we believe creates the “what” and the “how” we perceive our life? Think of how many times we have imagined situations and events that we would like to experience, but the disbelief or lack of readiness to trust that we can manifest evokes the opposite emotions of those we want to feel. But this is great because it is an indication of the distance between where we are and where we want to be. In that sense, perhaps instead of putting so much effort into mere actions, the first effort is to form the beliefs that support the life that we envision for ourselves and then act.

The artist Luke James, whose ability to connect deeply with himself is reflected in his creative expression as a person, as an actor, as a songwriter and singer, and certainly in everything he does.

In his own words, “ I think the work is probably the easy part. The hard part is continuing the belief. The mind is beautiful but fragile. I think when the mind and heart are aligned with purpose, you have this undying belief that what isn’t will be.”

In this interview, you will be inspired by how to become the Alchemist of Your Dreams … and much more.


Introduction

  • Please introduce yourself briefly. Who, in your own words, is Luke James?

An artist, a brother, a son.

Entertainment Industry

  • The entertainment industry comprises different forms of artistic expression. Do you think there might be something in common during the artistʼs creative process when it comes to generating an art-form that connects deeply with people?

For something to connect deeply, it has to be soul-stirring and a soul-stirring experience is only the result of a soul-stirring searching/discovery the creator dug deep to find and be completely open to express. I say discovery, because in my experience when you have an idea to create something with depth – you usually find more than what you are looking for, deeper than you imagined.

  • Many talents are pushing and working hard to achieving the success they desire; however, manifested results vary. Do you think there is something else to this formula than just putting a lot of hours and forcing yourself to do things?

I think the work is probably the easy part. The hard part is continuing the belief. The mind is beautiful but fragile. I think when the mind and heart are aligned with purpose, you have this undying belief that what isn’t will be. Not just because it should, but because you will it to be with every fiber of your being and that possibly could be considered alchemy.

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Acting

  • Trevor is the name of the character you portray in the Universal Pictures comedy Little, now in theatres. How would you describe your emotional process of becoming Trevor?

I really admired the bravery with which Trevor expresses his love. He wants to go above and beyond, he wants to be a knight in shining armor, and he is unafraid to express that! He definitely leads with his heart, so it was really fun to step into his shoes, be hopelessly romantic and not take myself seriously.

Trevor is what you would call a “hopeful romantic,” an above and beyond kind of guy. A knight in shining armor who doesn’t take himself too seriously, especially when it comes to the woman he’s head over heels for.

  • The film Little tells the story of a successful businesswoman who is transformed into her younger self when the pressures of adulthood become too much to bear. In that sense, do you think sometimes we take life too seriously and we could be more productive and happier when we embrace our existence with more ease?

YES. Paulo Coelho wrote it perfectly in his book, Manual of the Warrior of Light: “The warrior of the light behaves like a child. because he knows that the logical consequence of maturity is decay. Thus in nature, so it is in life. each one of us must have fun, play, be a little irreverent, ask importune and immature questions, and say foolish things that we ourselves donʼt even believe. And he preserves his innocence and joy, without ever losing sight of his mission.”

  • Noah Brooks, your character on Fox’s musical drama series Star, is also an artist like you are in real life. What are the similarities and difference between you and Noah related to your artistic path?

Noah has a bit of a chip on his shoulder. He’s in a space of constantly proving his worth – both personal and professional. For me, I’m passed the point of proving and now in the space of just being. We both share the same wants of having global success and the need to create what is true to us.

  • Noah seems to have passed through his addiction to alcoholism and he is working on taking control over his career. If this would be a real-life story, in this situation what would you do to tap into your natural creative inner power?

I think solitude is highly important, especially when one is conflicted with the outside world. I also believe that surrounding yourself with uncompromising love is just as important if not more.

  • How does the relationship between Star Davis (Jude Demorest) and Noah is evolving at this moment?

Their relationship is more strained than ever. Between Noah’s relapse (for the second time), Star’s incarceration after the birth of their unexpected child, the stress and pain of losing the momentum in her artistry and coming out of a coma to find her baby daddy has relapsed, there is a lot of trouble in paradise!

  • Do you have a desired story to be part of or a character you dream of to portray? If so, which one and why?

I want to be a part of projects that tell the truth, the black truth in a colorful world.

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Music | Black Light

  • You are currently immersed in co-creating your next album Black Light. How does the process is going and what is the meaning behind the album’s name?

Black Light is a working title but a mood setter nonetheless. Illumination of black thought and black love. The process is long but beautifully fulfilling.

  • These Arms, one of your most recent singles talks about love. What is the most loving relationship you could have with to be able to emanate that kind of love?

A relationship where you feel immensely safe and with that notion, you want to protect it at all costs.

  • What are the results you are envisioning when you fully utilize your creative juices flowing through you and to you?

Goosebumps. lol

  • How do you get to create music that moves you and is fulfills to you?

I wait for the spirit to move me. You feel it within. It’s a chilling/adrenaline rush of a feeling.

  • Do you have a practice when you want to fuel yourself with creativity of new music aspirations?

I look to the ancestors, the OGʼs that have paved the way. The things they were able to do with so little and still give so much, is aspirational. That alone fuels my creativity to always dig deep.

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Life

  • How would you define the art of self-expression in life?

Like a bird.

Good Soul

  • Are you involved in any charity organization or humanitarian cause you would like to mention?

I am not…yet. But Nicole Russell, one of my best friends and author of “Everything a Band-Aid Canʼt fix,” has a foundation {Precious Dreams Foundation} that helps children in the adoption/foster care system coup with the anxieties and depression that come with being a displaced child. It’s a foundation I can honestly get behind from a personal place.

Close Up

  • The spirit of The Hedonist Magazine is The Essence of a Joyful Living. How does Joy during the creative process affect your own experience and in consequence the final manifestation of your actions?

I’m ridiculously grateful to be able to do what I do. So, that energy is what I carry into my work. Joy is the experience.

  • When you hear: “You can be, do and have anything you want,” words from the Abraham-Hicks teachings, what is your take on such a statement?

Believe. Believe that you are the alchemist to your dreams manifesting. I think people ask God for blessings beyond the greatest blessing we are all given: life. And with that LIFE, if channeled with a fire of purpose, you can forge an unyielding path to whatever your heart and mind desire.


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