The 28th profile in the Cleveland Performing Arts Examiner ACTOR PROFILE series features JOSEPH ALEX MOORE. This series (in interview form) is in process to “get to know” some of our own northeastern Ohio talent. Profiles will feature equity and non-equity actors, stage and screen actors, as well as young, old and in-between actors. These are your peers and your neighbors – please enjoy!
Full Name: Joseph Alex Moore
Age: Acting age 25-45
Years acting: 20
“Day Job”: Retired from law enforcement due to injury
Resident city: Lyndhurst, Ohio
Acting training: Karamu House – Director Terrance Spivey; Stunt Training – Bob Minor; Movies – Director Edward Zwick, the movie Glory (Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman)
Kate Miller: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Joseph Alex Moore: A professional basketball player, actor or singer!
KM: Why did you start acting?
JAM: A junior high school teacher [inspired me]; I was also inspired by actors such as Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Matthew Broderick, and Andre’ Braugher.
KM: Any other actors in your family?
JAM: A cousin (on Tyler Perry show House Of Payne).
KM: And you sing.
JAM: Yes, since the age of 12. My voice is featured on the soundtrack in the movie Glory during the Campfire scene.
KM: In your bio, you list your stage name as “EnQueuneek” – what’s that story?
JAM: Enque U Neek – it’s on the computer for downloading music. It’s my vocalist artist name, it means “add me to your playlist because I’m Unique”!
KM: Do you also dance?
JAM: Yes. For leisure – that’s it.
KM: Any local Cleveland venues where you work primarily?
JAM: I’m a regular on Cleveland Emmy Award Winning TV Show, Warrant Unit; The Cleveland Karamu House Theatre.
KM: Now I know you moved back to Cleveland to deal with the loss of your parents. What kept you going while you were dealing with all of this?
JAM: I would have to say God for both! Last year with my mother, it was God and the cast of God’s Trombone praying with me and for me! Also my friends and my Facebook friends played a good role telling me their stories of losing their parents, and encouraging me! You never get over a mother’s death, you just learn to deal with it!
KM: Now that you’re back, do you anticipate staying in Cleveland for good?
JAM: Since the passing of my mother, I will probably be moving on. I am going to auditions in and out of town in NYC, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. Cleveland will always be my home, though. I love this city.
KM: You’ve worked with a lot of people locally and you’ve worked with big movie stars. Who are your favorite actors and actresses?
JAM: Denzel Washington, Alfre Woodard.
KM: And your methods – how do you prep for an audition?
JAM: I study the script and character, do research on the writer and character at the library, then I shut myself off from friends and family and go deep into my character – no phone, no going out.
KM: What’s your favorite role you’ve ever played?
JAM: “Company A Soldier” in the movie Glory (photo in slideshow).
KM: What is your dream role?
JAM: A principle speaking role in a action movie starring me.
KM: What’s the hardest part about acting?
JAM: Staying focused and remembering your lines and cues, and going to rehearsals in the snow while everyone else is at home.
JAM: Playing chess, watching sports (Browns and Cavs), karaoke, watching Turner Classic silent movies.
KM: Random territory now – do you have any pets?
JAM: My fish, Blue. Gave away my puppy – too much work!
KM: Random- Paper or plastic?
KM: Random- Democrat? Republican? Other?
KM: What’s your favorite spot to eat in Cleveland?
JAM: Beckhams B&M Bar-B-Que, Maple Heights – I don’t eat pork and they have the best Beef Ribs. For sit-down, my favorite spot is the new ZanZibar Soul Fusion – I like the healthy food and great atmosphere in Shaker Square.
KM: What are your tips for getting through the cold Cleveland winter?
JAM: Keep some beverages in the fridge junk food, turn on the fire place, long johns, warm coat, scarf, boots, good friends, and a special friend you care about to cuddle with! Also, warm your car up 30 minutes before you leave, and keep gas in the tank.
KM: What are some fun “winter” things you like to do around town?
JAM: I like going to O’s Lounge and Rudy’s Gateway for Karaoke, Boneyard’s Patio on Mayfield to listen to Rock and Roll! Mayfield Paninis to watch sports. I like to go to Gibbs to listen to Notes plus sounds Jazz band. The Blind Pig downtown Cleveland to listen to LT Dans New Legs Band. Also, Legacy Village is beautiful in the winter. And I like to play with my 11-year-old son, Javan, in the snow.
KM: Finally, why do YOU think Cleveland rocks?
JAM: Cleveland rocks because there is a lot of hidden talent, known talent, and lots of things to do here! We never give up and we love our sports teams! Also, a lot of musical and acting artists come from Cleveland! We also have the oldest African American theatre in the USA called the Karamu House that breeds a host of known and up-and-coming actors such as myself!
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