Actor Lodric D. Collins is hitting the silver screen as an iconic figure in the music industry in the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic “Respect.”
Collins first became interested in acting when his grandmother took him to a community theater play in his hometown of Lake Charles, Louisiana.
“I was that rambunctious kid that never sit down and was always talking. My grandma brought me to a theater in the neighborhood, we went to see ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ or something,” said Collins. “I remember being in that space and having an escape of imagination. I was paying attention to all the people, the spotlight, the sound, looking at this world being created. My grandma said it was the first time where I sat still and was quiet for more than five minutes. I remember saying I want to do that.”
Collins started to act in his local community theatre, and after high school he found himself enlisting in the Marines, looking for his next adventure. He knew he didn’t want to make a career in the military but knew he needed that challenge in his life.
“I was valiant at that age, I wanted to be a part of something important, a system that gave something and a protector and defender for family. It sounds like a Hallmark card but that’s how I felt at that age,” said Collins. “I needed adventure and a challenge that was serving to something.”
After finishing his military duty, Lodric ended up deferring plans to go to law school and relocated to New York City to pursue acting. He worked a 9-to-5 job while working on auditions.
Collins attributes a lot of what he learned in the military to how he prepares himself for acting jobs and auditions.