"Peru, Ecuador, Columbia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Albania, India..."
Alex Keeley is moving away. Soon, she’ll be traveling to eleven countries with a team of missionaries to spread God’s love across the globe. Originally from the small farming community of Charlotte, Michigan, Alex is currently employed at AMTC’s corporate headquarters in Atlanta, along with her Mom, Julia, and sister, Meagan. We sat down with Alex to discuss her future in missions, her heart for performers, and her advice to those who wish to pursue excellence during their time with Actors, Models and Talent for Christ.
How long have you been with AMTC?
I have been working at SHINE since summer 2008, and then on and off in high school, answering phones, doing odd jobs, but consistently since 2009. I just had my six-year anniversary, so, old-timer over here (laughs).
You wear many hats at AMTC, but your main job is working at the help desk. What do you like most about what you do?
I like that my job allows me to do different things. I like the variety of it. But I enjoy working the help desk because people call in and need help, and I get to answer their questions.
We receive a lot of questions from performers who want to know how to be prepared. How would you advise them?
I would say stay on AMTC Bridge. There’s a lot of information, so spend some time on there and go through the articles. It’s not going to be a huge draw on your time, but you do need to dedicate some effort to it if you want to be prepared and what you’re doing.
Many performers might recognize you from photo shoots, but you are also on staff at SHINE and many other events as well. What is your top advice for performers?
I have a couple different tips. One is directly related to your attitude and humility. People are drawn to performers who are humble and have a good attitude, performers who are positive and glad to be there, and performers excited to challenge themselves. So just coming from a place of humility and wanting to learn. That will help you during your week at SHINE—and beyond it. A bad or complaining attitude can definitely be detrimental in this business. And then my other tip would be to get enough sleep, eat well, drink a lot of water, take your vitamins, and take care of your body.
Next January you will be going on a yearlong trip to do missions overseas. Tell us about the organization you will be working with and what your trip entails!
I’m going on a world race, which is done with Adventures in Missions, and the world race is an eleven month long mission trip to eleven countries. The really cool thing is every day, the race looks a little bit different. So it could be working at orphanages, teaching English, building churches, doing manual labor, witnessing to victims of sex-trafficking, building relationships in community; it all depends on the need. So it’s a little bit of everything. Being the hands and feet of Jesus to people who may have never had the opportunity to hear the gospel before.
What countries are you going to?
Peru, Ecuador, Columbia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Albania, India, Nepal, Malaysia, Thailand, and Cambodia. I’ll be spending about a month in each country, and then toward the end of the month, everyone who is going to the same country as I am, we all come together for debrief, and then move on to the next country together. Some people stay with the same team members throughout the whole experience, but more than likely the teams will be changed up throughout the year.
What will you miss most about AMTC?
That’s kind of a hard one. I will miss the people I work with. A lot of these people I’ve known for a really long time. I’ve kind of grown up in this company; I started working at SHINE when I was fifteen, so AMTC has been a huge part of my life so far, and I’ll also miss being a part of a company who’s sole desire is to be a light in the entertainment industry. That’s such a huge need in America today, because entertainment shapes culture. So if you can have a positive impact on that in any way possible, it’s a cool thing to be a part of.
What advice would you give to performers who are looking to make the most of their experience with us?
Be involved, especially in the Bridge Training program. It’s a huge resource with articles applicable before and after SHINE. And also get to know the people in your Hub and the people at SHINE. They’re going on the same journey as you. Build those relationships. Be involved.
How have you seen God at work in your time at AMTC and what do you hope for the future as you set out to follow His call for your life?
I’ve really enjoyed seeing AMTC grads in mainstream media and Christian media. It’s fun to say, “I worked lineup when they came to SHINE,” and to remember having a conversation with them. I remember seeing TC Stallings, star of War Room and Courageous. I mean that’s so cool, to know that I played a tiny part in that. To see how many Christians are involved in the entertainment industry. I was also here when Johnny Apple came through, Dustin Tavella, Ricardo Hurtado… pretty much anybody we’ve done a God Story on. But at this point in my life, I’m open to whatever God’s called me to do. Right now that’s the world race, so I don’t know where I will be eleven months from now. And if God wants me to be a part of AMTC after the world race, or in another area of the entertainment industry… or if I’m being called somewhere else, my life’s open-ended right now. But I definitely believe in the mission of AMTC, and it’s been a joy and an honor to be a part of this company.
Read more about Alex and her story with Adventures in Missions.