SALab Alum Set’s His Course For Hollywood

elijah-head-shotStudent Athlete Lab alum Elijah Reed has traded in his hardwood dreams for a shot at the bright lights of Hollywood. Recruited locally, the Bell-Jeff grad chose to leave the state to play basketball in Washington at the University of Puget Sound. Unfortunately, due to a lingering groin injury and tough competition he didn’t make the final cut.

After two years at Puget he decided to transfer back home to purse his Hoop Dreams as well as a new interest, acting. While at Puget Sound, Elijah got involved with the theater department and was bitten hard by the “acting bug.” Now, his drive to return home was not only fueled by a desire to play college basketball but dreams of a career in television and film as well.

Initially, with the help of the Coach Stover and the Lab staff, he was all set to transfer to Occidental College but a last minuet issue came up with his transfer and his dream of playing “Four more years with a Whistle” was derailed once again.

But to show you how God works, he put in a last minuet transfer application to Loyola Marymount University and against all odds, was accepted.  At that moment, Elijah made a tough call and decided to give up his passion for basketball to concentrate all of his efforts into acting.

In the four short months he has been at LMU, Elijah was selected to join a group of actor’s who perform comedy skits on LMU’s campus network ROAR. So far, he has been apart of 5 skits which can be seen on Youtube. He also gave a riveting one man performance during campus awareness week portraying a college student who falls victim to racial profiling. The buzz created from that performance landed him a featured role in a fellow student’s class project, a short film entitled “My Brothers Keeper.”  Ironically, Elijah’s major is African American Studies and and he takes a full load of classes that do not involve theater or acting. He also holds down a campus job and can only squeeze in private acting lessons in his spare time at night after his studies. His GPA for this semester, is 3.4.

Elijah credits much of his sudden success in the acting field to the hard work, dedication and discipline he learned from the Student Athlete Lab. He is attempting to fund his acting career on his  own via Go Fund Me. If you would like to help, please click here.  While you are there, you can also check out clips from his first film “My brothers keeper.”  All donations as well as words of encouragement are greatly appreciated.


Congratulations Elijah, and good luck on your journey from the SALab Family.

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